Joanna Gaines and her husband Chip have a huge following of fans who have been following their relationship and family life for many years. The Fixer-Upper actors have been married for 19 years and have been through a lot together over the last two decades, always maintaining a good connection due to their attitudes.
Back in an interview last year, the dad-of-five told Access Hollywood: “One thing that I would say is our superpower is that Jo and I are not quitters,” in response to a question about whether there had been a moment where they thought about “throwing in the towel” in their marriage.
He continued: “I mean, throwing in the towel is not something that, honestly, ever even comes to mind. And I would say that that happened pretty early in our relationship, where we just thought, that’s interesting, that divorce or leaving one another is not really an option for us.”
Chip noted that the late-2000s financial crisis was a very difficult moment for them, but that they remained strong. “You know, that crisis, Jo and I had multiple opportunities to quit and throw in the towel and that was just not, not in our DNA. So now I think we’ve taken that and realized that you know, it’s like, you can’t ever lose if you don’t quit.
“And Jo and I keep showing up, day after day. Sometimes it’s right, sometimes it’s not, but we keep putting one foot in front of the other.” Drake, 17, Ella, 16, Duke, 14, Emmie, 12, and Crew, four, are Joanna and Chip’s children. The couple will face a new difficulty in the next year when their firstborn, Drake, leaves the nest to attend college.
Joanna commented on Drake’s upcoming departure in an editorial for Magnolia Journal, the quarterly lifestyle magazine she co-publishes with her husband. “Soon, our oldest son, Drake, will be leaving home for college,” she wrote. “In the grand scheme of heartbreaking things, this one comes with a lot of gratitude and excitement. “But still, my first child is moving away, and our family dynamic will change because of it, and that can feel like a loss of its own.”