Chip and Joanna Gaines, the beloved couple from the hit HGTV series ‘Fixer Upper’, have captivated audiences with their charm and impressive renovation skills. Since 2013, they have become household names, but recently Chip revealed an aspect they wished they had handled differently – involving their children in the spotlight.
In an interview with Kennebec Cabin Company, Chip confessed, “We were kind of naive and dumb, really, to be frank, enough to be like, let’s have the kids be involved.” Initially, their children were frequently shown on the reality series, but the Gaineses realized that their kids did not sign up for the same level of attention and scrutiny that they willingly embraced.
Joanna emphasized, “While Chip and I signed up to be in the public’s eye, our children did not.” Recognizing the importance of their kids’ privacy, Joanna has become more cautious about sharing their images online. It’s evident that the Gaineses wanted their children to have the freedom to define themselves independently.
Chip further explained that, in the beginning, they believed showcasing their children on the show would boost their local business in Waco, Texas. However, as time went on, they realized they were mistaken. By the fourth and fifth seasons of ‘Fixer Upper’, their children had become recognizable to the public, which made them reevaluate their approach.
“I don’t know that I want my kids to be visible in that way unless they want to be visible,” Chip said. As the Gaineses’ business grew and their children got older, they featured their kids less and less on the show. They wanted their children to have their own identities outside of the ‘Fixer Upper’ spotlight.
Nowadays, none of the Gaines children have any interest in being on TV. With their oldest child soon heading off to college, Chip and Joanna are even more conscious about how they present their children to the public. “I just want them to go to college and be known as who they are and not, ‘Are you that kid from Fixer Upper?'” Joanna emphasized.
It’s commendable that Chip and Joanna Gaines recognize their naivety and have evolved in handling their children’s involvement with the show. They have become more protective of their kids’ privacy, allowing them to define themselves independently. As fans of Chip and Joanna Gaines, let’s show our support and appreciation for their growth as parents and public figures!