Chip Gaines During Interview with Oprah Talks About How Becoming Famous Almost Ruined Him
Jun 10th, 2021
If you loved watching the “Fixer Upper,” then there is no doubt that you know Chip and Joanna Gaines. The duo is loved by their legion of fans during their days on Fixer Upper days. And soon, they will be launching their own network while raising five kids, and taking on more projects!
Chip and Joanna are very relatable that’s why it’s easy for viewers to fall in love with the couple. Joanna is a fun-loving yet cautious mom while Chip is your classic goofy dad. They might be famous, but they surely did not let this get to them. They make sure that their feet are still on the ground.
And like others, their journey towards success was not easy.
Recently, they were guests of Oprah Winfrey for her Super Soul Sunday series. Oprah talked to the couple about their marriage, fame, and more. Chip also opened up about his complicated feelings during the height of their career. Their philosophy of putting their relationship first for the sake of their family was also discussed.
Joanna shared, “One thing I’m so thankful for is that we met each other a little later in life. Chip was probably one of the oldest of his friends to get married and in that time period, it’s like we both … I know for me like as a woman, I figured out, you know, I wanted to be as whole as possible with all the stuff. Like, how can I be whole?”
Talking about their business, Joanna explained that she and Chip were not looking for partners to complete them. They wanted partners that they could build and grow with. And that is what they found with each other.
Oprah then talked about the changes that a person experiences as he or she gets famous. Oprah shared, “I have discovered that fame is just, your life is the same, you’re the same, and everybody has an idea of what that is, it’s just more people know your name. And I think if you don’t know who you are when the fame thing hits then you lose yourself.”
Oprah asked, “Did you all start to sense that, or did you know that you were grounded before the fame thing hit?” She also asked if they “took the time off because [they] wanted to reground?”
Chip explained, “I want to speak on Jo’s behalf because she would never say things like this, but she is so incredibly wise, so incredibly grounded — all the things that you just described, are who Joanna is.”
Chip admitted that he struggled with handling their fame in the early years of Fixer Upper. He shared, “Really what happened — and was the truth for Jo and I — was it was no big deal for her, but for me to become famous, I lost a part of myself that was really … it was sad.
” He added, “I would say it took me a year or two while I was still filming to try to grapple with what exactly it was that I was losing. ”
The couple also shared that they two took a year off from anything television-related after the end of Fixer Upper. This gave them more time to focus more on other projects professionally.
With the ongoing health crisis, “Fixer Upper: Welcome Home” will debut on the Magnolia app on July 15. The network is also set for debut in 2022.