“Flip or Flop” star Tarek El Moussa may have purchased a Lexus SUV for his children’s nanny on her birthday, but he insisted their relationship is purely platonic.
A rep for the 36-year-old HGTV star told People Magazine Monday the extravagant gift was far from a romantic gesture. Instead, he made the splurge because the nanny drives his two children around and wants them to be as safe as possible.
El Moussa shares a 7-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son with his ex-wife, “Flip or Flop” co-star Christina El Moussa.
El Moussa sparked rumors when he shared a video on Instagram Thursday revealing he happily bought the luxury ride for the shocked nanny.
“Happy birthday to our nanny Mossy!!” he captioned the post. “She has the most important job in the world which is helping me raise Tay and Bray! The kids love her so much we couldn’t imagine life without her!! She’s 100 percent part of our family and we [heart] her!! I surprised her with a new Lexus for her birthday at Lexus of Newport Beach.”
El Moussa announced his split from Christina in December 2016 and has not publicly confirmed any new relationships. Christina, on the other hand, is currently dating British TV personality Ant Anstead.
Back in 2017, El Moussa told Fox News his high-profile career prevented him from maintaining a private life when cameras stop rolling.
“I really don’t get to keep a private life,” he admitted. “For me, I’m just a guy who lives a normal life. I go to work with my friends; I film my show; I come home; I hang out with my buddies; I go golfing, I go dirt biking, so for me, I just live my life.”
And after fighting both thyroid and testicular cancer in 2013, El Moussa said he’s more focused on being a hands-on parent.
“Obviously, I look at things a little bit differently, you know,” he explained.
"Now, the only thing that matters are my children, being healthy and being the best dad possible. Taking a setback from work, taking better care of myself, eating healthy, taking vitamins, taking more cardio exercises, hot yoga, things like that.”