Trouble in Waco? Chip Gaines and wife Joanna Gaines (née Stevens) introduced the world to farmhouse chic on their HGTV home design and renovation show, Fixer Upper. After five seasons, in 2018, the pair decided to end the series to focus on their growing family. But are the Gaineses still happily married? Keep reading to find out.
How Did Chip and Joanna Gaines Meet?
In 2001, a then-23-year-old Joanna was helping her father in his automotive shop in Waco, Texas. Chip claims that “no one could get their brakes done as often as [he] got my brakes done,” as he tried to woo his future wife by repeatedly visiting her place of work.
Joanna nearly canceled their first date after Chip was more than an hour late, but she gave him a chance. “I still don’t remember what he said that convinced me to walk out the door with him. He didn’t even have a plan for our date,” she wrote in her 2016 book, The Magnolia Story.
Chip proposed a year later, and the couple wed at the Earle Harrison House in Waco on May 31, 2003.
Jo later opened up about her favorite memory from their big day, telling People that they “got in the limo and ate so much food.”
“The second that door shut, I was like, ‘Thank God, this is why I’m here. I just wanna be with you and I wanna eat,’” she said in October 2022.
Are Chip and Joanna Gaines Still Together?
A decade later, the couple caught the attention of television producers who offered them their own home renovation series. Their HGTV series, Fixer Upper, catapulted them to stardom during its five-year run from 2013 to 2018.
The following April, the couple revealed that they would be returning to television, this time with the launch of their own network. The DIY Network would be rebranded as the Magnolia Network, which officially launched as part of the Discovery+ streaming service on January 4, 2021. Now with their own network, Chip and Joanna relaunched their original series as Fixer Upper: Welcome Home.
The happy couple continue to raise their children on their family farm outside Waco while managing their growing empire which now includes their home decor line with Target, Hearth and Hand, and Magnolia Market at the Silos, a two-block shopping complex in their hometown, to name a few.
After more than two decades together, the two are still happily married. They celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary in May 2022. One year later, they rang in their milestone 20th wedding anniversary with adorable tributes to each other on Instagram.
“Twenty years with the most incredible, most powerful, most beautiful woman I’ve ever known,” Chip captioned a May 2023 photo of his wife. “You’ve given me the most beautiful life and I’m so grateful to God for you @joannagaines. Twenty years ago today, you made me the happiest man on Earth. Thank you for everything, Jo.”
How Many Children Do Chip and Joanna Have?
Chip and Jo welcomed their first child, a son named Drake, in May 2004, one year after their wedding. Daughter Ella Rose joined her brother in October 2006 followed by son Duke in May 2008 and daughter Emmie Kay in February 2010.