Tarek El Moussa is getting real about “rebuilding” himself.
The “Flip or Flop” star, 37, chatted with Us Weekly about his life after his battle with cancer and finalizing his divorce from co-star Christina Anstead.
“I’ve absolutely changed a lot,” he said. “How I think, how I feel, my mindset, my thoughts on things. I’ve completely rebuilt myself and it’s a very, very good feeling.”
And while his life got “traumatic” for a while, he’s finally able to move past it: “I had an opportunity in my life to experience some very, very traumatic stays. From cancer and divorce, where divorce was debilitating to me,” El Moussa explained. “I know what real pain feels like, if that makes sense. Years ago before I knew what pain felt like, I look at it now and I’m [like], ‘This is child’s play, this is a walk in the park.’ However bad things can be today, I compare them to how they were and I know it’ll never be like that again.”
In March, El Moussa revealed he was finally cancer-free: “My doctor, he told me no more tests and it’s totally clear and I’m cancer-free.”
He added “So, that’s some pretty good news… I feel really, really great.”
Despite feeling good, El Moussa admits that he misses having a best friend, especially since Anstead married her husband Ant in 2018. “The only thing missing in my life is a best friend and that’s one thing I do miss about a relationship,” he told Us. “I’m thinking about it, I’m hopeful about it. I’m not jumping into anything. I feel like there’s hope for me.”
But he’s feeling good, “My life’s been going really well and everything’s great. I’m super happy.”
Read more from El Moussa here.