Heather Rae El Moussa is opening up about her journey as a stepmother. In an upcoming interview on Today’s The New Rules series, the Selling Sunset star discusses her initial feelings of co-parenting with her husband Tarek El Moussa’s ex-wife, Christina Hall.
"I felt like I was always second, and no one ever made me feel that way, but I think when your significant other had such a long relationship with the previous spouse and a lot of love, and it was very public divorce," Heather says about her initial relationship with Christina, who shares children Taylor, 12, and Brayden, 7, with Tarek.
"You’re coming into it, and you fall in love with each other, but you always kind of think of the ex," she adds.
Tarek, 41, and Christina, 39, were married from 2009 to 2016. Following the end of his marriage, Tarek wed Heather in October 2021.
When it comes to navigating co-parenting, the 35-year-old says it was a challenge, but putting the children first has been key to their success.
"I kinda had to navigate my own feelings along with falling in love with a man, raising children, getting a whole new family and also filming my own TV shows. It wasn’t always perfect," she says. "We definitely had some ups and downs, and they had ups and downs, and I think she realized how much I love the kids and they are number one to me over anything. So any drama aside, the kids are the most important thing to all of us."
In May, Heather and Christina appeared to have a heated exchange during a children’s soccer game. Following the incident, Tarek, Heather, Christina and her husband, Josh Hall all released a statemen“🤍 I couldn’t have asked for a better response from Tay and Bray about our pregnancy and of course Tay was the very first person to find out because on the night I told Tarek about our pregnancy we were tucking her in and she said to us that if we do end up having a baby she wants to be the first person to know… so we had to tell her right then and there instead of surprising her and Bray together 😆 Love this girl to pieces and can’t wait to see her be the best big sister to another baby brother ❤️," she wrote.