VIDEO Flip or Flop’s Tarek El Moussa reveals he’s been battling two different types of cancer

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Tarek El Moussa has been unusually open about his ongoing battle against thyroid cancer over the past few months. The Flip or Flop star formerly shunned social media; now, he’s a mainstay on Instagram, offering cancer updates and inspirational quotes on the regular. So it wasn’t entirely surprising to see Tarek take to a morning talk show for his latest big reveal earlier this week–though the reveal itself left many fans reeling in surprise.

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Tarek popped in on the Today show a few days after his estranged wife Christina made her big solo debut on Good Morning America. She remained largely upbeat, going out of her way to talk about how well she and Tarek are co-parenting and sidestepping the news of an earlier miscarriage that she revealed for the first time in a recent People cover story.

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Tarek’s Today appearance was similar in tone; the notable difference was that he dropped his bombshell on the show itself. According to Tarek, the thyroid cancer he’s been battling into remission since 2013 isn’t the whole story. He’s actually had two different types of cancer–both thyroid and testicular–and managed to wrestle them down simultaneously.

Here’s Tarek’s appearance (the interview proper begins at around the 2:00 mark):

“I thought I was going to die,” Tarek admits. “I thought I was rotting inside….Literally a month after I found out I had thyroid cancer, I was at the hospital, and they said ‘Hey, I hate to tell you…you have testicular cancer.'”

Tarek explained that he decided to talk about his testicular cancer now “to make people aware of it.” His stepfather was just diagnosed with testicular cancer, and is undergoing chemotherapy, so the issue hits even closer to home for him right now.

On a related note, Tarek has begun using his influence to try and spread the word about cancer-related causes. When the disease struck a Flip or Flop crew member, he jumped to the man’s aid:

Flip or Flop‘s current season airs Thursday nights at 9 PM on HGTV.

(Photo credits: Does Tarek El Moussa still have cancer via Instagram)

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  • disqus_zXSHylOzDG

    Christina is helping also she posted a selfie of her self and wants people to feel sorry for her after she ruined a marriage. instead of using her teeny bopper fame she has for a good cause.I guess she was telling the truth she just can’t help anybody but herself.fake hair ,eyebrows, eyelashes etc. Will fix everything keep up the good fight tarek you are an honorable person.dealing with a silly bitch get as far away from her as you can

  • TA

    Unless someone is absusive to you or your children, you don’t leave a marriage while your spouse is battling cancer. You just don’t.
    She’s an awful person.

    • amaryllis

      Tarek’s been recovered from both of his cancer diagnoses for several years. And he’s the one who filed for divorce.

      • Chicana

        Of course he did, why would he stay with her when she was cheating with one of their contractors?

        • truckproductions

          get over it people. cheating is not the end of the world

          • jebuz

            When there is kids envolved …it kinda is…atleast in the eyes of a child

          • Chicana

            No it’s not but most people move on, unless you’re some loser who likes being a doormat *insert truckproduction picture here*

        • amaryllis

          Not according to them. He started dating the nanny after they split up and she started dating a contractor. Both relationships are over now.