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Tarek El Moussa is opening up about his divorce from his wife, Christina, and also gave his side of an incident last year that saw police called to his home for reports that he was armed and “possibly suicidal.”

On Tuesday morning, the Flip or Flop star appeared on the Today show, where he addressed the couple’s decision to separate after seven years of marriage following the May 23, 2016 incident.

Tarek said that he was never suicidal – and maintained that he went for a hike at Chino Hills State Park Main Ridge Trail and took a gun along to protect himself from wild animals – including bobcats and rattlesnakes.

“There’s mountain lions, bobcats and rattlesnakes and big wildlife back there… I went out for a hike to scout some trails, it wasn’t even a big deal. I didn’t understand,” he said of the incident. “It got really blown out of proportion.”

Tarek insists he wasn’t suicidal, saying, “Never. Never. Absolutely never.”

Tarek opened up about his battle with cancer as well, revealing that soon after learning he had thyroid cancer — which was spotted by a fan who noticed a lump on his neck in 2013 — he was also diagnosed with testicular cancer.

He is now in remission now, but decided to come out about his testicular cancer in order to raise awareness of the disease.

For more from Christina El Moussa on how she’s coping with divorce in the spotlight, co-parenting and continuing to work with her ex, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

The Flip or Flop star also spoke about continuing to remain on good terms with Christina, even continuing to shoot their show together. Their priority, however, is their two children, 1-year-old son Brayden and 6-year-old daughter Taylor, he said.

“The No. 1 goal is to co-parent our children,” he said. “We have to make sure we remain friendly because we have to make sure they have good parents.”

Nearly a month after announcing their split, Tarek’s lawyer revealed to PEOPLE in early January that the HGTV star filed to legally separate from his wife. PEOPLE also confirmed that Tarek is requesting spousal support from Christina.

In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE in December, the couple announced their split, noting an altercation that involved a gun, which prompted police to visit their Southern California home in May.

“Like many couples, we have had challenges in our marriage,” the pair said in the statement. “We had an unfortunate misunderstanding about six months ago and the police were called to our house in an abundance of caution. There was no violence and no charges were filed.”

The El Moussas, who wed in 2009 and share two children together, said they sought counseling to “sort out” the relationship and decided to separate while evaluating “the future of our marriage.”

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Steamrolling Terry Pratchett

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(FILES) This file photo taken on October 05, 2010 shows British author Terry Pratchett, arriving to attend the third day of the Conservative party conference at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, central England, on October 5, 2010.
Unfinished works by late British comic fantasy author Terry Pratchett have been destroyed using a steamroller in line with his wishes for the works not to be completed and published after his death. Pratchett died in 2015 aged 66 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. His Discworld novesl are some of the best-selling works in English fiction around the world. / AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

One of the great sci-fi writers of his time and author of the Discworld series of books, Sir Terry Pratchett always maintained a request that others may have found rather peculiar, but for the late and prolific writer, it was merely another aspect of his career that he wanted continued. Throughout his life, Pratchett was clear that when he died, he wanted all of the writing he was doing at the moment of his death, if it was unfinished, to be placed alongside his computers in the middle of a road for a steamroller to crush.

Now that the author has passed on, he received his wish in a manner that slower writers (like George R. R. Martin) might wish that they had the opportunity to use as an excuse.

Earlier this year, Pratchett’s wishes were fulfilled at the Great Dorset Steam Fair, photos of which were sent out via Twitter by Rob Wilkins, the manager of Pratchett’s estate. And even though his writing is lost now, the materials that were destroyed will stick around as they are being given to the Salisbury Museum for an upcoming exhibit based around all things Pratchett. It is truly a unique and clever way to go out!

It is always very amusing to see people who had a wry sense of humor while they were alive (which often makes sense, considering the wishes they have for what will happen to them and their work once they die) have their death wishes fulfilled once the time comes. After all, there are probably quite a few people who would object heavily to the destruction of Pratchett’s work, but it is absolutely right to honor the late great author’s final request. Always better to go out on the highest possible note rather than have someone disappointingly finish your work for you.

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Top Novels from Amber Tamblyn

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The star of films like 127 Hours and Django Unchained and television shows like Joan of Arcadia and House, Amber Tamblyn is, unlike many others, a Renaissance women. Not only is she a splendid actor, but she also dabbles in directing, poetry, and writing of her own. Because much like us, she is a total literature nerd. Thankfully, she is sharing her love of the books by releasing what her list of her favorite books are. Sure, you have probably heard of or even read some of these, but you have not likely heard of each one. Thanks to Tamblyn, you can get some exposure to brand new books!

Her list was presented in no particular order, but it does boast classics that do not fit into the category of prose, like Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, a play about an abusive family, or Loba by Diane di Prima, a collection of poems that tackle the topic of feminism in an interesting and thought-provoking manner. Something that is a bit lighter and funnier is Amy Poehler’s exceptional memoir, Yes Please. But Tamblyn also makes room on her list for gripping, thrilling books, as well, as evidenced by the inclusion of There Is No Year by Blake Butler.

Some people might believe that the notion of receiving suggestions for literature from film and television actors is counterintuitive. I have even heard some people argue that the only places they go for recommendations for books is the literary realm, whether it is book critics, novel enthusiasts, or authors themselves. I can understand this line of thinking, but it is not always a helpful one. Tamblyn is a book enthusiast just like all of us and you would definitely well to heed the advice she provides.

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2017’s Movies from Books

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Whether you know it or not or even like it or not, books and novels are always going to be remade into films. It is a time honored tradition utilized by filmmakers to take the most riveting stories from the page and adapt them for the screen. Some work, like Steven Spielberg’s immaculate retellings of Jaws and Jurassic Park. Others (looking at you, Divergent) prove to be failures. 2017 is no different from this tradition because we are already in September and there are upwards of twenty book-to-movie adaptations still to come! Here are a few of the most highly anticipated.

One of the most hotly awaited of these is a horror movie, which seems to be few and far between these days, the remake of Stephen King’s classic tale, It, which once starred Tim Curry and now boasts Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise. Danny Strong’s Rebel in the Rye is based on a book about the life of a writer, J.D. Salinger. Actor Nicholas Hoult will portray the man who penned The Catcher in the Rye. Jo Nesbo’s 2007 bestselling thriller, The Snowman, will see the big screen on the twentieth of October and it will star Michael Fassbender, who starred in such films as Steve JobsFrank, and X-Men: First Class.

Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express is also being remade, with this adaptation directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh. The movie will also feature the talents of Michelle Pfeiffer, Johnny Depp, and Josh Gad.

And lastly, The Disaster Artist will see James Franco illustrate the making of the cult classic, The Room, thanks to Greg Sestero’s account of the subject. The movie also features an all-star cast including Seth Rogen, Dave Franco, Nathan Fielder, Alison Brie, Zac Efron, and many, many more. It has even garnered some Oscar buzz!

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