Chip and Joanna Gaines have announced that the upcoming fifth season of the HGTV series Fixer Upper will be their last.
In a post on their website, Chip and Joanna said that this has nothing to do with tabloid rumors but is instead the result of them needing to pause and catch their breath.
“We would be foolish to think we can go and go and fire on all cylinders and never stop to pause,” they wrote. “Our family is healthy and our marriage has honestly never been stronger. This has nothing to do with a fraudulent skincare line or anything else you’ll inevitably read. This is just us recognizing that we need to catch our breath for a moment. Our plan is to take this time to shore up and strengthen the spots that are weak, rest the places that are tired and give lots of love and attention to both our family and our businesses.”
In a video posted on social media, Joanna Gaines added that they want to focus on their business.
“For us in this, we always want to be mindful of what’s the season for us, and I think for a while now we’ve felt like Season 5 was gonna be our final for this chapter,” she said. “We started out as business owners, our beautiful business here in Waco needs our attention. We need to pour into that as much as we can.”
Joanna also noted that she and Chip want to spend more time with their family.
“Our beautiful children are growing up so quickly,” Joanna Gaines said. “Drake is almost a teenager. So I think the idea that we get to kind of take a step back and just get kind of fresh vision, get some rest, but also just hunker down with our kiddos, is something that we’re excited about, but also sad that this chapter in our lives is coming to an end.”
There have been tabloid rumors for months about Chip and Joanna Gaines, the first of which suggested that they would be getting a divorce. Back in August, Chip Gaines said that this was untrue.
— Chip Gaines (@chipgaines) August 5, 2017
Another rumor was that Joanna Gaines was going to be leaving Fixer Upper in order to concentrate on a new skin care line; Joanna quickly chimed in to say that this was false.
Fixer Upper will premiere its fifth season in November, and it will last into the second quarter of 2018, at which point Chip and Joanna Gaines will officially say goodbye.