Chip and Joanna Gaines gained megafame on their hit present “Fixer Higher,” but regardless of their numerous hours of actuality TV airtime, there’s nonetheless rather a lot you do not know about this couple.
And who higher to delve into these brand-new revelations than Oprah Winfrey? Contemporary off of her bombshell interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the queen of media sat down with Chip and Jo on her new Discovery+ collection, “Tremendous Soul,” the place the couple opened up non-public nooks and crannies of their lives that overturn a lot of what we have recognized up to now.
Listed below are a couple of new information you won’t find out about Chip and Jo, like the place they’re from (not Texas), why their first date was practically their final, and which one in all them struggled extra with all the eye that got here with “Fixer Higher” fame.
1. Neither of them is a Texas native
Whereas these two could have made a reputation for themselves renovating houses in Waco, TX, neither one is definitely a Texas native.
“I used to be truly a transplant,” Chip says. “I used to be born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico—so, for the primary about seven, eight years of my life. And Jo was in reality born in Kansas. However we each ended up in Texas.”
It is a good factor they each made it to Texas, as a result of if Chip and Jo had met in New Mexico or Kansas, “Fixer Higher” would have been a really completely different present.
2. Chip was a self-proclaimed ‘participant’
On this interview, Winfrey asks about Chip and Joanna’s seemingly good relationship. Because it seems, their marriage is nearly as cute because it appears, however Chip provides Winfrey a bit look into their lives earlier than they met.
“I used to be actually a little bit of a participant,” Chip says. “I don’t imply to go on and on about my love life, however Jo was a little bit of a … like, the librarian sort.”
Nevertheless, plainly as soon as these two acquired collectively, Chip’s “participant” part was over, and their completely different personalities evened one another out.
3. Chip ‘stalked’ Joanna earlier than they’d even met
This is one other humorous tidbit about how Chip and Jo met, or not less than how Chip met Jo: He noticed her on TV, then grew to become decided to fulfill her in individual.
“He stalked me,” Joanna joked. “After I labored for my dad at his Firestone retailer, I did these commercials. And so he’d all the time say, ‘If I might simply meet her.’ So he’d come into the Firestone retailer as soon as a month and eventually we ran into one another.”
4. Divine intervention persuaded Joanna to marry Chip
Whereas it appears it was love at first sight for Chip, Jo wanted a bit little bit of convincing. Joanna mentions Chip being dangerously late to their first date (a lot so she virtually did not open the door). And as soon as she did, she was turned off by how a lot he talked.
“That is once I heard God’s voice greater than ever,” Joanna says. “I heard him say, ‘That is the person you’re going to marry,’ and I’m arguing with God. I stated, ‘No it’s not.'”
Finally, although, God prevailed.
5. Chip persuaded Jo to open her first retailer
Joanna had lengthy dreamed of proudly owning a retailer, and had even written about it in her journal. However she by no means thought this retailer would develop into actual, till she shared this dream (and journal entry) with Chip.
“After I used to say ‘dream,’ that meant it’ll most likely by no means occur,” Joanna says. “Nicely, once I confirmed Chip, he stated, ‘Why wouldn’t you do that?’”
Chip inspired her to discover a constructing and to start out taking steps towards opening her first enterprise: Magnolia Market.
“Inside three weeks, now I personal this constructing,” Joanna says. “And now the dream that I had dreamed of for years I’m seeing occur and play out, as a result of Chip Gaines, coach Gaines, stated go for it. You get one pep speak from Chip Gaines, and it’s like, ‘I can rule the world.'”
6. Chip and Jo had been instructed ‘Fixer Higher’ was going to be ‘area of interest’
Winfrey factors out that Chip and Joanna have an enormous fan base of about 19 million folks. However these two by no means thought they’d be family names. In reality, their producers instructed them “Fixer Higher” wasn’t going to be highly regarded.
“They sat us down early within the course of and stated, ‘That is going to be actually a distinct segment of a distinct segment of a present,” Chip says. “For it to have actually related with folks on each coasts, now everywhere in the world, is unbelievable.”
7. They ended ‘Fixer Higher’ to reassess their priorities
“Fixer Higher” was an enormous hit, so Chip and Joanna shocked followers when, in 2018, they ended their HGTV present after 5 seasons.
“If you’re filming for 4 or 5 years, you start to lose the why,” Joanna tells Winfrey. “It’s now simply this factor of, like, we’re simply exhibiting up. And I believe towards the top, we simply misplaced steam. We misplaced the aim in it. We wished to get up day by day and say, ‘Because of this we’re doing this.'”
Chip explains that the yr off was intentional. He tells Winfrey that earlier than “Fixer Higher” ended, the 2 of them determined to step again and “push pause” on any potential alternatives for one entire yr.
“So principally we simply instructed our agent to simply take all of the calls and put them in a folder someplace and we’d get again to that later,” Chip says.
It was a dangerous profession transfer, however it appears Chip and Joanna each wanted the break. They got here again stronger than ever with their new Magnolia Community and even returned to TV renovations with “Fixer Higher: Welcome Dwelling.”
8. Chip struggled with fame excess of Jo
Whereas Chip is clearly the extra outgoing of the pair, he was stunned to seek out that fame did not go well with him. He tells Winfrey that Joanna dealt with the eye nicely, whereas he felt that he’d misplaced part of himself.
“I’d say it took me a yr or two, whereas I used to be nonetheless filming, to attempt to grapple with what precisely it was that I used to be dropping,” he says. “After which that yr off, I actually assume that Jo and I had been capable of form of hunker down and actually form of attempt to unpack what it was about fame that appeared so incompatible with my character.”
Fortunately for followers, Chip managed to determine a method to cope with his superstar standing.
9. The Gaines household (nonetheless) does not personal a TV
Chip and Joanna could have their very own community, however they do not personal a TV!
The 2 famously are massive followers of the TV-less life-style. In reality, they even skip discovering a spot for TVs in practically all of their renovations. (They made one exception once they labored on one in all their worker’s houses.)
The 2 clarify that it began once they had been engaged and went to marriage counseling. They had been inspired to carry off on getting a TV after getting married, and as a substitute spend high quality time collectively. They made it a yr with no TV, after which after the yr, they determined to go one other yr. After two years, they determined they did not want a tv in any respect.
“I’ll say, after that second yr, we’ve by no means seemed again,” Chip says.
Winfrey asks how they watched episodes of “Fixer Higher.” “We’d go to our associates,” Joanna solutions. “So each Tuesday night time, we’d get a babysitter and we’d go to associates and we’d watch it.”
She factors out that today their exhibits are streaming on Discovery+, so the household of seven will collect round Joanna’s pc and watch their exhibits collectively.