Chip Gaines’ “Dumb” Regret from ‘Fixer Upper’

Chip and Joanna Gaines

Chip and Joanna Gaines became famous household names with their hit HGTV series ‘Fixer Upper’ in 2013. The show brought them tremendous success, but Chip recently admitted there’s one thing they wish they had done differently. In an interview with Kennebec Cabin Company, Chip revealed their regret about including their children in the spotlight.

“We were kind of naive and dumb, really, to be frank, enough to be like, let’s have the kids be involved,” Chip confessed. Initially, the couple’s children were frequently shown on the reality series. However, as they grew up, the Gaineses became more mindful about protecting their privacy.

Joanna explained, “While Chip and I signed up to be in the public’s eye, our children did not. That’s why I’ve become more cautious about sharing their images online.” The couple realized that their kids didn’t ask for the same level of attention and scrutiny that they willingly embraced.

Chip elaborated on their early decision, saying, “At the very beginning, we had a production company, and we didn’t mind it. We were kind of naive and dumb, really, to be frank, enough to be like, let’s have the kids be involved.” The Gaineses initially believed that showcasing their children on the show would boost their local business in Waco, Texas. However, they soon realized they were mistaken.

By the fourth and fifth seasons of ‘Fixer Upper’, their children had become recognizable to the public. This sudden exposure concerned Chip and Joanna, prompting them to reassess 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 their business grew and their children got older, the Gaineses featured their children less and less on the show. Joanna explained, “I’ve learned to just let them have their own identity outside of this. So unless they want to be a part of it, I don’t even ask them.” It’s important to them that their children have the freedom to define themselves independently and not be solely known as “the kid from Fixer Upper.”

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.

Reflecting on their past choices, Joanna admitted, “The first round, I kind of chalk it up to not knowing what was happening. If I could’ve redone some things, I would’ve.” It’s admirable that Chip and Joanna Gaines recognize their naivety and have evolved in handling their children’s involvement with their show. They are now more protective of their kids’ privacy and individuality.

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