Chip and Joanna Gaines have been married for 18 years – they wed in 2003 and now share five children – Drake, 16, Ella, 14, Duke, 12, Emmie, 11, and Crew, two.
And the design duo, who are best known for TV’s Fixer Upper but are branching out with the Magnolia network, celebrated with a trip to Mexico as they left the kids back home in Waco, Texas.
’18 years. Thankful to be on this adventure with you—happy anniversary @chipgaines ❤️,’ she said in her caption.
Happy anniversary! Chip and Joanna Gaines have been married for 18 years. They celebrated with a trip to Mexico as they left the children back home in Texas
Beaming: ’18 years. Thankful to be on this adventure with you—happy anniversary @chipgaines ❤️,’ she said in her caption
The images flipped from one to the other as James Taylor’s song Mexico plays. ‘Ohhhh Mexico it sounds so sweet with the sun sinking low, the moon so bright with the night alight…. making everything all right,’ croons Taylor.
Joanna was seen in a black bikini as she fell backwards into a swimming pool at a modern gray mansion as Chip napped on a lounge chair.
The two were also seen dressed up for a dinner date; she had on a blouse with jeans and he in a blue shirt.
No little ones: The design duo, who are best known for TV’s Fixer Upper but are branching out with the Magnolia network, left the children back home in Waco, Texas
Joanna was also seen in a video where she said she ‘missed’ the kids.
And then the star had on a beige and brown peasant dress as she joined Chip for an outdoor dinner then a walk on the beach.
And the pair were also seen having lunch at a restaurant as they enjoyed a salad and tacos.
The two pulled the plug on their hugely popular HGTV reality show Fixer Upper in 2017 after five seasons.
But they quickly found a new and bigger opportunity when they made a deal with Discovery Plus in 2018 to launch their own Magnolia brand channel.
Beach babe: The star had on a beige and brown peasant dress as she joined Chip for an outdoor dinner then a walk on the beach
They will be launching an app with digital content in July while the television channel will not debut until January 2022.
Chip and Joanna took the fame they found on HGTV and used it to launch a brand called Magnolia.
They opened a retail outlet Magnolia Market and a restaurant Magnolia Table as well as a luxury bed and breakfast destination in Waco.
A walk on the wild side: Here the design diva was seen in a black and white dress in a bog
A rare bikini image: The star was seen in a bikini top and briefs as she fell back into a pool
The enterprising couple signed a deal with Target for their own line of home goods, launched a magazine Magnolia Journal and published design. gardening and children’s books.
Magnolia Network, which replaces the DIY Network, will offer original programming, new seasons of some of the former DIY Network shows and all past episodes of HGTV’s Fixer Upper.
Earlier this year the duo shared that fame and success has not been all easy.
Chip revealed to Oprah Winfrey in March that he ‘lost a part of myself’ on account of the fame he achieved through Fixer Upper.
The 46-year-old TV star shared that his wife handled stardom better as it was ‘no big deal’ to her.
Tasty: And the pair were also seen having lunch at a restaurant as they enjoyed a salad and tacos
In a preview clip obtained by People he revealed that he and Joanna tried ‘to unpack’ his issues after Fixer Upper ended in 2018 and they took a year off.
Oprah raised the subject by pointing out that ‘if you don’t know who you are when the fame thing hits then you lose yourself.’
She asked her guests: ‘Did you all start to sense that or did you know that you were grounded before the fame thing hit?’
The talk show icon elaborated: ‘You were so grounded, had your own life, the four kids and you took the time off because you wanted to reground?’
Chip replied that ‘I wanna speak on Jo’s behalf because she would never say things like this, but she is so incredibly wise, so incredibly grounded.’
Almost here: The Gaines are launching their Magnolia Network, in partnership with Discovery, as an app on July 15, with their TV channel to follow in 2022
The star said sweetly: ‘All the things that you just described is who Joanna is, and to be really frank I thought that’s who I was also.’
He confessed: that ‘the truth for Jo and I was it was no big deal for her, but for me to become famous I lost a part of myself that was really, it was sad.’
Chip continued: ‘And I would say it took me a year or two while I was still filming to try and grapple with what exactly it was that I was losing.’
He noted that ‘then that year off I really think that Jo and I were able to kind of hunker down and really kind of try to unpack what it was about fame that seemed so incompatible with my personality.’
Candor: Chip revealed to Oprah Winfrey earlier this year that he ‘lost a part of myself’ on account of the fame he achieved through Fixer Upper
No stranger to stardom: Oprah raised the subject by pointing out that ‘if you don’t know who you are when the fame thing hits then you lose yourself’
Chip and Joanna were being interviewed by Oprah for her Super Soul Sunday show in an episode that is slated to air this weekend on Discovery+.
Fixer Upper began on HGTV in 2014 and managed to run for five seasons and raised the profile of ‘farmhouse chic’ before ending in 2018.
Now the couple are working on their own Magnolia Network with an app that is scheduled to launch this year on July 15.