Christina Hall's Most Controversial Moments

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to HGTV for introducing us to so many keepers. We've gotten to know the adorable Chip and Joanna Gaines thanks to "Fixer Upper," a show that gave the couple worldwide fame. "Married to Real Estate" is another treat we're living for, thanks to husband and wife presenting team Egypt Sherrod and Mike Jackson. We also met "Home Town" renovation dream team Ben and Erin Napier, a couple that didn't seek the spotlight but has made the most of it — and who boast the hefty net worth to back it up.

But one of the most compelling couples introduced to fans by HGTV was Tarek El Moussa and his then-wife, Christina Hall (née Christina Haack). The couple became the dynamic duo of flipping houses through their aptly named series, "Flip or Flop," where they frequently bought condemned and abandoned homes, sometimes even sight unseen. The risk factor made for compelling entertainment, while their eye for remodeling scratched viewers' collective itch for vicarious home improvement. What was there not to love?

Unfortunately, the pressures of keeping up with filming demands and their family life resulted in El Moussa and Hall separating in 2016, per Us Weekly. Their divorce was finalized in 2018 and they went on to co-parent their two children, Taylor and Brayden, amicably enough. But that doesn't mean there haven't been a few jaw-dropping incidents along the way. Within her own life, Hall has had her fair share of controversial moments.

Christina's hallucinogenic moment led to a huge fight with Tarek

Long after their divorce was finalized, Tarek El Moussa and Christina Hall continued to work together on their "Flip or Flop" series, as the show was still successful and they knew the drill. They had been filming it since 2013, after all — but all was not peachy keen on set in southern California one fateful day in July 2021.

As TMZ reported, El Moussa became upset with the way Hall signaled to him that it was time to start filming, but that was just the tip of the iceberg. A few days prior, Hall had shared on Instagram that she had sought ways to cope with anxiety by using a psychedelic substance, per The New York Times. In speaking of her recent journey, Hall wrote: "I had taken time off social [media], hired a spiritual coach, and smoked a Bufo toad (which basically reset my brain and kicked out years of anxiety in 15 mins)."

Hall's news of more alternative sources of mental health support was upsetting to El Moussa, the Daily Mail reports, and he blew up at Hall. He said that he "made" her, TMZ reports, and added that she was a "washed-up loser." El Moussa went on to say: "Look at me, look at me, look at me. It's called winning," and later said, "The world knows you're crazy!" He also said that his partner, Heather Rae Young, was hotter and richer than Hall.

She and Tarek faced backlash for a misleading 'Flip or Flop' class

Back when Tarek El Moussa and Christina Hall were together and "Flip or Flop" was in its heyday, the couple expanded their income revenue by hosting seminars for newbies. The classes began with a video of the couple explaining why they weren't hosting the classes in person: They were busy flipping houses themselves and filming their show, per the AP.

To make matters worse, the classes cost $1,997 plus an extra $1,000 for real estate-specific software. There were lots of promises prior to the class as well, like the claim that customers would get their money back if they didn't flip their homes by a certain time. When people tried to get refunds, they were faced with a difficult process. Many attendees were encouraged to buy more classes, some of which cost as much as $26,000.

Things got so serious that the Federal Trade Commission looked into Zurixx LLC, the company that was hosting these classes on behalf of the El Moussas, per NBC. The FTC was able to obtain a temporary restraining order against the company. Their beef wasn't so much that the El Moussas weren't going to be there, despite being on the brochures. The real problem was that the preliminary, free events "...used the promise of easy money and in-depth information to lure consumers down a path that could cost them thousands of dollars and put them in serious debt." The El Moussas were not "named as defendants" in the case.

There were rumors of another man before the marriage ended

While Christina Hall and Tarek El Moussa's divorce was in the process of being finalized in 2017, Hall was photographed by In Touch with Gary Anderson, a man the couple knew before they split. Anderson had reportedly worked on Hall and El Moussa's swimming pool when they were still married, and it allegedly caused some tension between the couple. "Christina grew close to Gary," a source told In Touch. "Tarek was suspicious that she was getting involved with someone, but had no concrete evidence."

The insider went on to say that at some point near the end of their marriage, El Moussa saw something on Hall's phone that indicated more intimate contact between Hall and Anderson. They separated in December 2016, and after El Moussa filed for divorce in early 2017, Hall was seen walking arm in arm with Anderson. This led to the question: Had there been an overlap in their marriage with other relationships?

In a statement to In Touch, Hall and El Moussa said: "Neither of us was involved in a romantic relationship with any third party prior to our separation, or believes the other was." El Moussa went a step further and spoke to E! News about the wave of fabricated tales around his and Hall's relationship, calling it "lies, innuendo, salacious gossip, and 'fake news.'" Hall obviously moved on with Anderson, but any prior attachment seems unlikely.

Ant Anstead was sideswiped by their divorce

After the end of her marriage to Tarek El Moussa, Christina Hall went on to marry Ant Anstead in December 2018 in a surprise wedding at their California home, per Us Weekly. They announced they were expecting their first child together in March 2019, and in September of that year, they welcomed son Hudson London Anstead. But then, somewhat surprisingly to everyone else outside of the marriage, Hall announced that they were splitting. "Ant and I have made the difficult decision to separate," she shared on Instagram in September 2020 (via Us Weekly). "We are grateful for each other, and as always, our children will remain our priority."

Shortly after, Anstead shared his own reaction to the news, indicating that he wasn't on the same page as Hall. "I have remained silent while holding onto hope," he wrote on Instagram (via E! News). "I never gave up on us. I pray Christina's decision brings her happiness." Hall officially filed for divorce a few months later.

The only thing that was easy was dividing the assets between the two. Hall was keeping five properties –- one in Tennessee and four in California –- plus her wedding ring, a Range Rover, and a Bentley, TMZ noted. Meanwhile, Anstead kept complete ownership of his business as well as seven luxury cars. Neither party was required to pay child support and they planned to split custody of their son Hudson.

Christina faced a custody battle with her ex, Ant Anstead

Things got messy between Christina Hall and Ant Anstead when it came to dealing with custody of their son, Hudson. In April 2022, Anstead requested full custody of Hudson, as discovered by TMZ via court documents. Anstead claimed that Hall used Hudson in her social media posts as cute bait and that she didn't spend enough time with him. He said that on average, Hall had Hudson for only nine full days a month. Anstead also claimed that Hudson often came back sunburnt, and he also voiced concerns about Hall having taken hallucinogenic toad venom, per TMZ.

Anstead's blast was, unsurprisingly, hurtful to Hall. "What Ant is doing deeply saddens me," she told TMZ. "If this was really about Hudson, as he says, this should have been handled privately with a private judge or mediation, as myself and my attorney have suggested. I have had my share of ups and downs, but I am a good mom and I love my children with all my heart and I will always protect them."

Hall also clapped back at Anstead, filing documents to show that Anstead uses their son Hudson in sponsored social media posts, per a later publication by TMZ. She also denied the allegation that she only sees her son for nine days a month. The judge denied Anstead's request for full custody, but things don't seem to be completely resolved between the two parents.

She argued publicly with Heather Rae El Moussa

For the most part, Christina Hall and Heather Rae El Moussa, Tarek El Moussa's new wife, get along just fine. At the very least, they keep a respectful distance while co-parenting their children, Taylor and Brayden. ​​"Honestly, you know, we really focus on our household," Tarek told Us Weekly. "[Heather and I] have certain things we do at our household, and I know [Hall] focuses on her household and there are certain things she does at her household."

While that sounds respectfully detached, things got heated at a soccer game in May 2022. The Daily Mail caught photos of Heather approaching Hall, who was seated, and getting into a verbal altercation. The conversation apparently got so heated that El Moussa had to come over and pull Heather away. Not long after, one of the soccer coaches had to step in and separate El Moussa and Christina's husband, Joshua Hall, who were arguing intensely.

But it seems things resolved quickly, in part because of a health crisis involving son Brayden. He had an emergency appendectomy, per Us Weekly, and was rushed to the hospital. "Stressful 24 hours but a good reminder how important teamwork/co-parenting is," Hall wrote on social media. "We are all under pressure, but when it really matters we were all there for Brayden doing our part."

Christina denied throwing shade at her exes in an Instagram post

Does Christina Hall have a little fun throwing shade at some of her exes on Instagram? Following her marriages to Tarek El Moussa and Ant Anstead, Hall wed real estate agent Joshua Hall privately in April 2022, per Today. Hall has frequently discussed how private she has tried to be in her relationship with her new husband. "When we met this past spring, the synchronicities hit us so hard and fast they were impossible to ignore," Hall wrote on Instagram in July 2021. "I felt immediately crazy protective over him and wanted to keep him for myself and get to know each other before the tornado (media attention) hit." 

In April 2022, Hall posted another picture of her and Josh kissing and added the caption: "Prayed for a man who was all man but still treated me like his queen. Never give up." While it was an innocent enough post, many thought she was giving a little dig to El Moussa and Anstead — but later, via her Instagram stories, Hall clarified things. "My posts are never 'throwing shade' at anyone," she wrote (via People). "I don't even think like [that]. I live in the present, not the past. I'm focused on Josh and the kids and work ... nothing and no one else. People need to stop comparing and making up scenarios. Josh treats me like a queen and that's what matters to me."

Her wellness book got mixed reviews

Christina Hall has been open about her health struggles, primarily stomach issues that have compromised her quality of life for years. "I've suffered on and off since 2016 with extreme stomach pain," Hall wrote on Instagram in October 2021. "It has been written off as stress and doctors have tried to put me on all the pills/meds, but luckily I realized masking it wasn't the answer. I wanted to fix the problem, so I really focused on my nutrition." The cure wasn't quite that simple, as Hall had to continue searching for answers, but health and wellness became a key part of her routine.

As such, she wrote a book — along with nutritionist Cara Clark — called "The Wellness Remodel: A Guide to Rebooting How You Eat, Move, and Feed Your Soul." However, the book scored mediocre reviews from readers. "I appreciate they touched on all aspects of health: faith, fitness, self-care, and eating well, but the text was very repetitive and only acts as a basis for change, not enlisting actual methods to improve life," one reviewer wrote. "The stories both authors told felt very shallow and unbelievable." Another reader didn't connect with the spiritual components. "Practical advice. Didn't try any of the recipes, so can't evaluate those. A pretty book, but a little woo woo for me (sage cleansing and crystals anyone?)" they wrote. Another reviewer said that parts of the book seemed amateurish, so it wasn't for everyone.