Chip and Joanna Gaines aren’t like so many other couples which is a huge reason why fans love them so much. This unconventional pair made their mark hosting Fixer Upper on HGTV. Viewers were positively delighted by the couple’s talents, their adorable family, and their stunning Waco farmhouse.
The Gaineses seem like the perfect couple in every way. However, they experience roadblocks and setbacks in their marriage just like everyone else. They even went to marriage counseling to work on a few issues. While there, they got some unorthodox advice they decided to follow.
For example Chip and Joanna don’t have a TV in their house because of what a professional told them. And Chip talked about how he thought he was too young to get married — until he met Joanna.
‘Fixer Upper’ wasn’t like any other renovation reality show on TV
Fixer Upper wasn’t the first renovation show on HGTV, but it did break the mold in so many ways. Viewers couldn’t get enough of Joanna’s modern farmhouse design aesthetic. They also enjoyed Chip’s zaniness and unpredictability.
And they loved how unlike other celebrity hosts, the Gaineses didn’t bicker during filming or make fun of each other. Chip and Joanna always showed a loving relationship even when Chip was acting silly on camera.
Fixer Upper became the most popular series on HGTV not long after it premiered in 2013. In some ways, this could all be credited to them seeking professional marriage advice early on.
The Gaineses learned valuable tips from a marriage counselor
Chip and Joanna don’t have a perfect marriage. Actually, it takes work for them to have such a loving dynamic. During an interview with E! News, Chip discussed the “secret” to finding true happiness with his spouse.
“I think anybody can have it,” Chip said in response to their marriage being described as special. “You know, at the end of the day, I love Jo more than anything in the world.” He went on to discuss how he got married a little later than some of his friends, but was glad he had the extra time to mature.
Fans also found out the reason the Gaineses don’t own a televison during the couple’s sit-down interview with Oprah on the episode of “Super Soul.”
Apparently, it was a marriage counselor who inspired them to make that choice. “They left it to us to say how long we would do it. Everybody said a couple of weeks, a couple of months; we just came back instinctively and said we wanna be without television for one year,” Chip explained to Oprah.
“We thought it would be romantic. And at the end of that one year, we said, what about another year? After that second year, we’ve never looked back.”
They watched Fixer Upper at a friend’s house instead of at their farmhouse.
‘Fixer Upper: Welcome Home’ picks up where the original left off
Despite how popular it was, Chip and Joanna chose to walk away from Fixer Upper in 2018 just before the birth of their fifth child. They decided to focus on their family and multiple other business ventures instead of trying to do it all.
Then they made an exciting announcement. Instead of just sticking to a single series, the renovation experts were planning to launch an entire network of lifetysle content called Magnolia Network. Fixer Upper: Welcome Home offered a reboot of the series that made them so popular in the first place.
Chip and Joanna’s relationship appears stronger than ever thanks to some good advice from a marriage counselor coupled with smart self-reflection.