Despite ending their popular HGTV show Fixer Upper earlier this year, Chip and Joanna Gaines remain incredibly busy thanks to their Magnolia business empire and the recent birth of their fifth child. But, according to Radar Online, the couple is under even more stress and are having marital problems because of the chaos their new Magnolia Table restaurant is causing in their hometown of Waco, Texas.
The couple opened the breakfast and lunch eatery – which is located in Waco’s busiest traffic circle – back in February, and it has turned the area into a tourist trap.
“Their restaurant brings in tourists, so the town had to paint new lines around the city circle to help the tourists navigate it,” said a nearby business owner. “Almost every day there’s a fender bender. It’s difficult to maneuver around.”
The insider also revealed that, despite the restaurant being open for five months, Chip and Joanna had not taken the time to introduce themselves to other business owners in the area.
Chip and Joanna also had some trouble with their bakery at The Silos. Recently, after a health department inspection, their business received a three-point violation because they failed to properly identify, store, and use toxic substances.
The couple corrected the violation before the inspector left the property, and they were able to renew their permit for the bakery.
But, in addition to their problems with their restaurants, the Environmental Protection Agency also fined Chip and Joanna $40,000 for failing to properly remove lead paint on 33 homes.
Daryl Austin, a USA Today writer, recently wrote in an opinion piece claiming that he didn’t think Chip and Joanna could possibly put their kids first because of their ever-expanding business ventures. But, Chip immediately responded to the article on Twitter by writing that Austin clearly doesn’t know him. He added that he will always put his family first, and it is possible to have an amazing family and career that you love.
Austin later admitted that he regretted writing the story, and he reached out to Chip and Joanna to apologize and ask for their forgiveness. A rep for the Gaines’s replied and let Austin know that they forgive him and have put the matter behind them.
Chip and Joanna Gaines have not commented on the rumors surrounding their relationship.