Fans and industry insiders were shocked when Chip and Joanna Gaines announced that they would be ending their hugely popular HGTV show Fixer Upper after its fifth season, but the couple had good reasons to go out on top. With a renovation show, a business empire, and a large family to take care of, is it possible the couple spread themselves too thin?
Chip’s mother Gayle Gaines recently shared with Closer Weekly that her son and his wife “earned some time to rest,” after spending the last five years building their Magnolia brand to the multi-million dollar empire it is today.
Sydney Noh, a former Fixer Upper associate producer, says that the couple had always planned on ending the show so that their kids can avoid the spotlight during at least part of their childhood.
Faith and family are important to the Christian couple, and spending time with their four kids, Drake, 12, Ella, 10, Duke, 9 and Emmie, 7, is priority number one.
Another concern for the renovation experts is their family’s safety. According to the source, the Gaines’ were experiencing some security issues at their Waco, Texas home. People are often driving by to take pictures, and that is a problem.
The couple, who met at Baylor University in the mid 90’s and married in 2003, knew that they were starting to overdo it and their family was paying the price. In a recent post on their Magnolia Blog, they wrote that it was time to rest and give more attention to their family and their business.
Besides the show, the couple runs a real estate company, a 20,000-square foot retail market (that includes a food truck park and bakery), and a quarterly journal.
They also plan to open a restaurant called Magnolia Table by the end of the year.
The couple’s retail market at the Silos draws an estimated 40,000 people each week.
With so many responsibilities, the couple decided to scale back and avoid the fate of Tarek and Christina El Moussa of Flip or Flop fame, who split up last year. Not that their relationship is in any trouble, they just decided to put family first for now. But, Chip said on Good Morning America that they would be back.