Chip Gaines Admits He Struggled With Fame During Run Of “Fixer Upper”

Chip and Joanna Gaines discuss family life with their five kids, his struggle, and the launch of their Magnolia network with Oprah Winfrey.

Chip and Joanna Gaines were thrust into the spotlight with the almost overnight success of their show “Fixer Upper.” That fame really came at a cost to Chip who struggled under the glare of the spotlight.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, the couple explains this serious issue and how they managed to make it through. 

These two are much more than business partners. They are a lovable couple and parents to five children.

Their family comes first and a break in filming gave them time to refocus, especially after their youngest son Crew was born.

Fans can expect their “baby boss” to appear on job sites with his parents. Chip and Joanna already gave us a clip of the three of them hard at work. 

Take a look:

Chip Gaines Struggled With Fame

Joanna and Chip sat down with Oprah for an episode of “Super Soul” to discuss their ambitions with their network and Chip’s new book “No Pain, No Gaines.” 

True to himself, Chip was honest about the struggle that fame brought him. He praised his wife for handling it better than he did. This isn’t the first time Chip acknowledged this struggle.

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“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,” Chip stated. “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.”

He admitted that the time they took off after “Fixer Upper” ended in April 2018 allowed him to “hunker down and really kind of try to unpack what it was about fame that seemed so incompatible with my personality.”

Chip has issues when things are staged and he wants filming to be more organic so he can be himself.

Having everything prepackaged for production “boxes” him up and makes him feel trapped.

He is a creative force and does best without the boundaries that Hollywood can sometimes demand. 

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Magnolia Network Launches In July

The couple is very intentional about what they want to do.

Here’s a preview from the interview.

Chip and Joanna Gaines’ interview with Oprah airs Saturday, March 13 on Discovery+ and will be available as a podcast on March 17.

Their show, a reboot of  their old show called “Fixer Upper: Coming Home” and now Magnolia Network takes them away from their children. They understand that their time with their children is limited. Kids don’t stay young forever. 

“We we think about the time we have. We have five kids. We have this business. Anything we say yes to, there has to be a meaningful ‘why’ behind it. It’s not just to add to our portfolio or tackle bigger dreams,” Joanna stated.

The couple’s Magnolia Network launches in July.

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