Tarek and Christina have NO plans for divorce (despite seeing other people) and insist he only had gun during 911 drama for protection against wild animals

Their shock split was announced on Monday, along with the news that they'd been separated for some months.

But despite Flip Or Flop stars Tarek and Christina El Moussa being open about the fact that they're already dating other people, the duo say they are not yet ready to start divorce proceedings.

People reports that the TV stars, who share two young children and are currently living apart, say there are no imminent plans to divorce and that 'talk of custody arrangements is premature.'

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Taking their time: Tarek and Christina El Moussa are reportedly not ready to divorce despite being separated for many months and dating other people

The duo are adamant that their kids are their number one priority and they hope to create a healthy environment for them.

Meanwhile the duo have spoken out about the 911 incident in May where police were called to their home 'after receiving a call of a possibly suicidal male with a gun' who turned out to be Tarek.

And while it's been reported that Christina, 33, was seen running out of their house sobbing, the duo told People this week: 'Tarek was going on a hike and took a gun for protection from mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes and rattlesnakes.'  

The pair released in a statement: 'Like many couples, we have had challenges in our marriage. We had an unfortunate misunderstanding about six months ago and the police were called to our house in an abundance of caution. There was no violence and no charges were filed,' 

'He took a gun for protection from mountain lions': The duo have also spoken out about the 911 incident in May when police were called to their home about 'a suicidal male'

Dramatic altercation: The duo offered no explanation as to why Christina was observed by witnesses running from her house distraught on the same night

A helicopter and nearly a dozen deputies responded as witnesses told the site they saw Tarek run out the back door of his home with a gun and tried to escape down a hiking trail. 

Sources added they saw Christina run out of the house sobbing and trembling just shortly after. 

The site reported that Tarek was eventually spotted by officers and ordered to drop his weapon.

The father-of-two allegedly told police he had no intention of injuring himself and simply wanted to 'blow off some steam.'

Split! HGTV stars Tarek and Christina called it quits after seven years of marriage following a police-involved altercation at their home six months ago (Here they are seen in March)

Five guns were later seized from the home, including an AR-15. 

Tarek and Christina offered no explanation as to why she was spotted looking distraught. 

Meanwhile Christina's friendship with a 'fellow design industry professional' has turned romantic and Tarek is also dating, though it was not infidelity that led to their split.

'We have both dated other people following the separation, but neither of us is ready to announce anything in terms of another relationship,' they told People on Monday.  

Taking aim: Tarek, 35, is seen on the firing range with an AR-15 last week in an Instagram video which has since been deleted

Earlier this week it was claimed Christina's 'champagne tastes' contributed to breakup.

And on Tuesday Christina was seen for the first time since the separation was made public running errands in Los Angeles with an expensive Louis Vuitton handbag slung over her arm.

The HGTV personality was wearing a shirt advertising her love of bubbly with the words 'Drink Champagne Can't Complain' scrolled across her chest while engaged in a chat on her phone.

A source claimed this week that Tarek and Christina were incompatible and money only made their differences more apparent. 

Living the champagne life: The Flip Or Flop star was seen in LA for the first time since announcing split from husband Tarek

'In a lot of ways they just seemed wildly incompatible,' an insider claimed, 'She has champagne tastes, and he's a beer-from-a-can kind of guy.'

Former flames: The couple - who tied the knot in 2009 - share two children, daughter Taylor, six, and one-year-old Brayden, and appeared happier than ever at their son's first birthday in August

'In a lot of ways they just seemed wildly incompatible,' the insider told People. 'She has champagne tastes, and he's a beer-from-a-can kind of guy.'

'And that was okay for a while when all they could afford was canned beer - they were on the same page, working together to make it and to do the best with what they had,' the source added.

'But the stardom from the show, and the money from the show, meant that she started to feel like she could finally have some of the finer things in life. He just couldn't or didn't want to keep up.' 

The husband and wife real estate agent couple told the publication they attended marriage counseling but decided to separate while assessing 'the future of our marriage.'

Great news: Tarek announced two weeks ago that he was cancer free after discovering he had thyroid cancer when a viewer of the program noticed a lump in his throat - pictured after surgery when he was fist diagnosed

Precious! The same day their split was announced, Christina shared a sweet Christmas snapshot of her two kids - daughter Taylor, 6, and son Brayden, 15 months - visiting Santa

Tarek, 35, and Christina - who star in the home makeover program - added in their statement: 'During the process, we are committed to our kids and being the best parents we can be.'

'We will continue to work through this process civilly and cooperatively, and plan to continue our professional life together.'  

The couple - who tied the knot in 2009 - share two children, daughter Taylor, six, and 15-month-old Brayden.

On the same day the shocking announcement was made, Christina shared a sweet Christmas snapshot of her little ones visiting Santa which she shared with her Instagram followers.

Their separation comes two weeks after Tarek announced he was cancer free after discovering he had thyroid cancer when a viewer of the program noticed a lump in his throat. 

Separated: The husband and wife real estate agent couple told People magazine they are assessing 'the future of our marriage'

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