Tarek El Moussa Reveals How He First Introduced His Kids to Girlfriend Heather Young After Divorce
The HGTV star "started the conversation" with his and ex Christina's daughter Taylor, 9, first "because she's older"
“I started the conversation first with my daughter, Taylor, because she’s older than my son, Brayden,” he said. “After going out with Heather Rae a few times, I started bringing her into my conversations with Taylor and would mention her little by little, sharing with her that I had met someone. I shared that just like Daddy, she is also on TV and in real estate.”
“After getting the initial conversation started, I would also show the kids photos and videos of me and Heather Rae laughing, being silly and hanging out, and that made them laugh and be able to put a face to her name,” he continued, noting that the “introduction before the introduction” really did help.
And when it came time for Young and his kids to actually meet, El Moussa made sure to include his entire family.
“We have family night every Wednesday evening at my house and she met my whole family and the kids all in the same night,” he remarked. “Having the entire family there all at once made for a lot of interaction and helped keep it light and fun. It was a great night and everyone loved getting to know her.”
On Thursday, Young also addressed her relationship with El Moussa’s kids, calling it “amazing,” as well as making it clear that she also gets along with his ex, Anstead.
In response to a fan who praised Young for her relationship with the children, the Selling Sunset star and real estate agent admitted that while “it’s been an adjustment” the experience has been “soooo fulfilling.”
Although Young and El Moussa spent Thanksgiving in Europe, they previously celebrated Halloween together with Christina and her husband Ant Anstead, who wed last December.
“It was a lot of fun — we took the kids out and it was the first time we all got together,” El Moussa told PEOPLE at the time.
The next month, the proud papa also shared a sweet photo of Young spending some quality time with Brayden as they cheered on Taylor at a soccer game.
“I just had to share this because it melts my heart :),” El Moussa wrote alongside a photo of Brayden making himself comfortable on Young’s lap as they watched the match.
Young had previously won over Taylor after the elementary schooler invited her to join a father-daughter date.
“For the past few years, Tay and I have always gone to her favorite steakhouse!” El Moussa wrote in September, alongside a photo of the trio. “It’s special to her because it’s a ‘me and her only’ dinner spot. This time she asked me if we could bring @heatherraeyoung and my heart melted.”