Chip and Joanna Gaines, who millions of Americans came to know through their hit HGTV television series, Fixer Upper, opened up recently about their 18-year marriage and were notably candid about the ups, downs, and will to carry on, even through the most difficult of times.
According to Fox News, the couple, who launched the ultra-successful Magnolia brand, sat down with Hollywood Insider and revealed that they established a strong foundation early on in their marriage, admitting that in the early days, they both came to an agreement that “divorce or leaving one another is not really an option for us.”
“One thing that I would say is our superpower is that Jo and I are not quitters,” Chip told the outlet. “Throwing in the towel is not something honestly that ever even comes to mind.”
Chip Gaines added, “We’re not perfect and we have issues and trials and errors just like anybody… We’re in it forever.”
The couple recalled a particularly tough time during the 2008 housing crisis and the recovery period that lingered for a few years after, admitting that it would have been all too easy to throw in the proverbial towel. But they soldiered on, saying the key to surviving the crisis and the effects on their relationship simply boiled down to showing up and taking steps forward.
“Jo and I show up every day and sometimes it’s right and sometimes it’s not, but we keep putting one foot in front of the other,” Chip said, ensuring their massive and loyal fan base that they’re in it to win it.
That persistence and faith in one another would ultimately result in immeasurable reward, as the couple launched their iconic Fixer Upper show on HGTV in 2013, which would prove to be an instant hit while rocketing the couple to the top of the cable television A-list.
The show’s influence also sparked a new wave of couples around the country modeling their homes in the Gaines’ farmhouse chic style, while teaching viewers invaluable skills related to upgrading both their homes and lifestyles.
With upcoming launch plans for their rebooted DIY-style content, which will be aired as part of the Magnolia Network, five healthy children, and a lifetime commitment to one another, the Gaines family is stronger than ever, and their millions of fans will surely approve.