Chip and Joanna Gaines have been married for 18 years — they married in 2003 and now have five children — Drake, 16, Ella, 14, Duke, 12, Emmie, 11, and Crew, two.
And the design duo, best known for TV’s Fixer Upper but branching out with the Magnolia network, celebrated with a trip to Mexico when they left the kids at home in Waco, Texas.
’18 years. Grateful to be on this adventure with you – happy birthday @chipgaines ❤️,” she said in her caption.
Happy Birthday! Chip and Joanna Gaines have been married for 18 years. They celebrated with a trip to Mexico when they left the kids at home in Texas
Radiant: ’18 years. Grateful to be with you on this adventure – happy birthday @chipgaines ❤️,” she said in her caption
The images jumped 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 burning… making everything all right,” Taylor laments.
Joanna was seen in a black bikini falling backwards into a pool in a modern gray townhouse while Chip took a nap on a recliner.
The two were also seen dressed up for dinner; she was wearing a blouse with jeans and he was wearing a blue shirt.
No Little Ones: The design duo, best known for Fixer-upper TV but branching out from the Magnolia network, left the kids at home in Waco, Texas
Joanna was also featured in a video where she said she “missed” the kids.
And then the star wore a beige and brown peasant dress when she went with Chip for an outdoor dinner and then a walk on the beach.
And the pair were also seen eating lunch at a restaurant enjoying 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 soon found a new and bigger opportunity when they struck a deal with Discovery Plus in 2018 to launch their own Magnolia-branded channel.
Beach babe: The star wore a beige and brown farmhouse dress when she joined Chip for an outdoor dinner and then a walk on the beach
They will launch 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 Magnolia Market store and a Magnolia Table restaurant, 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 swamp
A rare bikini image: The star was seen in a bikini top and slip when she fell backwards in a swimming pool
The enterprising couple signed a deal with Target for their own line of homewares, launched a Magnolia Journal, and published design. gardening and children’s books.
Magnolia Network, which replaces the DIY Network, offers 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 haven’t all been easy.
Chip revealed to Oprah Winfrey in March that he “lost a part of myself” because of the fame he gained through Fixer Upper.
The 46-year-old TV star shared that his wife coped better with stardom because it was “no problem” for her.
Yummy: And the pair were also spotted eating lunch at a restaurant enjoying a salad and tacos
In a sample clip obtained by People he revealed that he and Joanna were trying to “unpack” his issues after Fixer Upper ended in 2018 and they took a year off.
Oprah brought up the topic by pointing out that “if you don’t know who you are when the fame story hits, you’ll lose yourself.”
She asked her guests, “Did you all start to feel that or did you know you were under house arrest before fame hit?”
The talk show icon elaborated: ‘You were so grounded, had your own life, the four kids and you took your time because you wanted to reground?’
Chip replied, “I want to speak for Jo because she would never say things like this, but she’s so incredibly wise, so incredibly grounded.”
Almost here: The Gaines launch their Magnolia Network, in partnership with Discovery, as an app on July 15, with their TV channel in 2022
The star said sweetly, “All the stuff you just described is who Joanna is, and to be honest I thought I was too.”
He confessed, that “the truth for Jo and I was that it wasn’t bad for her, but for me to be famous I lost a part of myself, that was real, it was sad.”
Chip continued, “And I’d say it took me a year or two while I was still filming to try and understand exactly what I was losing.”
He commented that “when that year off I really think Jo and I were able to kind of plop down and really try to kind of 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’ because of the fame he gained through Fixer Upper
No stranger to stardom: Oprah brought up the topic by pointing out that ‘if you don’t know who you are when the fame story hits, you’ll lose yourself’
Chip and Joanna were interviewed by Oprah for her Super Soul Sunday show in an episode airing this weekend on Discovery+.
Fixer Upper started on HGTV in 2014 and managed to run for five seasons and raise the profile of “farmhouse chic” before ending in 2018.
Now the couple is working on their own Magnolia Network with an app set to launch on July 15 this year.