16 Why the HGTV power cou­ple are putting fame on hold to fo­cus on their mar­riage and kids.

Closer Weekly - - Contents - CHIP & JOANNA GAINES

AT THE PEAK OF THEIR POP­U­LAR­ITY, THE HGTV STARS BOLDLY BACK AWAY FROM THE SPOT­LIGHT TO PRO­TECT THEIR MAR­RIAGE AND THEIR KIDS

Fixer Up­per’s Chip and Joanna Gaines are the king and queen of shock­ing re­veals on their hit home-ren­o­va­tion show, but the duo truly out­did them­selves on Sept. 26. “It is with both sad­ness and ex­pec­ta­tion that we share the news that Sea­son 5 will be our last,” they an­nounced to their sur­prised fans. Their de­ci­sion to walk away from the smash HGTV se­ries that made them stars might seem hasty, but the cou­ple in­sists that once they de­cide on some­thing, it’s a done deal. “It’s very im­por­tant to take other peo­ple’s opin­ions into con­sid­er­a­tion,” Chip ex­plains, “but in the end it’s your life and your work. I won’t go against my gut.”

And what their in­stincts are telling them, they say, is they need to “catch our breath for a mo­ment. We have poured our blood, sweat and tears into this show. We would be fool­ish to think we can go and go and fire on all cylin­ders and never stop to pause.” So while the show has helped their busi­ness (and pock­ets) ex­pand, it’s also led to un­wanted ru­mors about their mar­riage that have sent them into pro­tec­tive mode over their four kids: Drake, 12, Ella, 10, Duke, 9, and Em­mie, 7. “They earned some time to rest,” Chip’s mom, Gayle Gaines, tells Closer of the Chris­tian cou­ple’s de­vo­tion to what they truly value most: faith and fam­ily. “They care very much about how their chil­dren turn out, and they are very well aware that spend­ing time with them and in­vest­ing in their lives is im­por­tant.”

Af­ter mar­ry­ing in 2003, Chip and Joanna’s hum­ble start in Waco, Texas, helped build their strong foun­da­tion. “Jo and I were liv­ing in an 800-square-foot house and had a brand-new baby to feed,” Chip, 42, re­calls of the time around their son Drake’s ar­rival in 2005, when they didn’t

“Be­cause we’re not afraid to fail, fear has lost its power over us,” Chip writes in his new book Cap­i­tal Gaines about his

and Joanna’s se­cret to suc­cess.

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