Chip, 42, and Joanna, 39, recently announced that they were quitting Fixer Upper at the end of the show’s fifth season, and now Radar can reveal the marriage issues that may have played a part in their decision!
Chip detailed their relationship struggles in his new memoir, Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff, and revealed that their issues began in the early stages of their relationship.
Chip decided to go to Mexico for 90 days to learn Spanish when he and Joanna were together for only six months, and she was put in charge of his businesses while he was away. But, the companies he ran were finicky and she soon found herself in over her head.
“’Your business is a joke!’ she yelled,” Chip recalled in his book about a phone call they had just weeks after he left. “’All these people are coming to my dad’s shop demanding to be paid, and there’s no money! Lucky for you, your dad is bailing your sorry butt out. You have three days to get back to Texas, or this relationship is over.’ Her tone made it clear that she was not playin’.”
“My heart broke,” he continued. “There are had moments in life when you see yourself for the tonto that you are. This all felt so much bigger than few bounced checks. Up until that moment, Jo had really respected me and the work that I did. Even if her dad didn’t get it, shed found it admirable and courageous that I was an entrepreneur. Now, not so much.”
He detailed how he wanted to propose when he returned from Mexico, but then “the dream suddenly felt like it could slip away in a moment.” Chip still rushed home to Texas, and the couple tied the knot afterwards.
They continued to struggle to make ends meet throughout their relationship, and Chip was even too broke to throw Joanna a thirtieth birthday party.
He was forced to throw her a surprise party after he took out an ad in The Wacoan to wish her a happy birthday, as he convinced the local paper to give him the advertisement in exchange for covering the event full of “prominent Wacoans.”
He then told vendors that the publicity from the local paper would be “way more valuable to them than their typical fee would be” and he was able to “secure a location and hire a photographer, a live band, a full coffee bar, a caterer” and “a florist” for the event.
He also revealed that they are “strengthening their marriage every day, which takes real time and effort.”
Do you think Chip and Joanna’s marriage will last? Sound off in the comments!
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