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Considered by many to be Hollywood’s most adorable couple, Chip and Joanna Gaines have been married for more than a decade, showing the world that marriage can be a truly blissful affair as they continue to live and work together with incredible harmony. They became famous after they started appearing on Fixer Upper, an HGTV house renovation series. Over the years, they have risen to become a powerhouse adored by everyone for their mastery of home renovation.
How Chip and Joanna Gaines Fell in Love
Chip and Joanna Gaines have a beautiful story behind how they met and fell in love and it will thrill you. Talking about it in an interview, Chip revealed that he fell in love with Joanna before meeting her.
Interestingly, they both attended Baylor University in Texas at the same time, however, they never met in school. While still in college, Joanna worked at her father’s locomotive shop called Firestone Tire in Waco, Texas. Her father had a photo of the family behind the counter and one day, Chip saw the photo and fell in love with Joanna who was also in it. He started visiting the shop frequently, hoping to meet Joanna in person, this did not happen for quite some time.
But eventually, he ran into her at the shop in 2001 and struck up a conversation. Shortly after, he won her over and they started dating. After dating for a while, the couple tied the knot as husband and wife on May 31, 2003. The wedding held at the Earle-Harrison House in Waco and was attended by family and close friends.
Their Net Worth and What They Do for a Living
As reality stars, Chip and Joanna Gaines make a lot of money from appearing on HGTV’s Fixer Upper. Apart from the series, they have other chains of businesses that fetch them even more money.
After their marriage, the couple combined forces to make a fortune for themselves; while Chip is a master at renovating homes, Joanna has eyes for interior design so they have always worked together. Chip and Joanna started flipping houses within a month of their marriage and later began to focus on renovations. At first, it took a lot of trial and error to get things right. One of their earliest renovations was their first house together as a newlywed couple.
The couple owns a shopping complex, the Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco, Texas. The complex see millions of visitors every year and has also become a major event center in Texas. They also own the Magnolia Homes, their high-end home renovation business, and Magnolia Realty, a real estate agency selling homes in cities like Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio.
Also, Chip and Joanna Gaines own the Magnolia House, an exclusive vacation rental where a night costs as much as $695. They publish a quarterly home improvement magazine which according to statistics, has as much as 700,000 subscribers who pay $20 yearly. In addition to all of that, they own a line of premium interior paints that sell for around $46 a gallon.
The foregoing and the fact that the couple makes over $30,000 for each episode of Fixer Upper means that they are worth a lot of money. At the moment, Chip and Jonna Gaines are said to be worth a combined fortune of $10 million.
Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Kids and Family Life
Chip and Joanna Gaines have been blessed with five beautiful kids: Drake Gaines (born in 2005), Ella Rose Gaines (born in 2006), Duke Gaines (born in 2008), Emmie Kay Gaines (born in 2010), and Crew Gaines (born in 2018).
The couple has been able to build their careers while giving their kids a stable upbringing. The major way we have been able to keep tabs on what’s happening with the Gaines kids is by following their parents’ Twitter and Instagram handles. There is no doubt that they are good parents. Among other things, they do not have any television on their 40-acre farm and the kids are not allowed to own a cellphone until they go to college.
In a big way, this has helped the kids grow very well in trying their hands at several things like sewing, baking, designing, gardening, football, ranching, hiking, construction, etc. To enable them to be around to raise their kids, Chip and Joanna Gaines have made sure that they do not film farther than a 40-mile radius to their home.
Are They Getting a Divorce?
No marriage is a bed of roses. Chip and Joanna Gaines have certainly had their fair share of rough times, but unlike so many other celebrity couples, they always find a reason to hold on to each other.
Over the years, there have been rumors of divorce and every time, this super couple comes out stronger than ever. In August 2017, rumor had it they were fast heading for a messy divorce. Chip quickly squashed it by responding with a tweet:
Won’t ever happen.. you can take that to the bank!
— Chip Gaines (@chipgaines)
In an interview with People Magazine, Chip explained that he and his wife have worked very hard to have a beautiful family and business enterprise. He revealed that they will keep working to keep being together and never go apart.
The Scandals that Rocked The Couple
Chip and Joanna Gaines have had a scandal or two trailing their very busy and fabulous lives. Sometime in April 2017, a lawsuit created a scandal after Chip’s former Magnolia Real Estate partners sued him to the tune of $1 million.
They claimed Chip made them sell their shares to him at a cheap rate without disclosing the deal he recently signed with HGTV.
On Joanna’s side, she had to address a rumor that she was planning to leave their business and going into a new skincare line which seems totally off their sphere. This was discarded as fake news.