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Fixer Upper’s Chip and Joanna Gaines on Their Success: We “Made a Commitment Early On That We’re the Most Important Variable”

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Always a work in progress. It appears that Chip and Joanna Gaines have mastered marital and business success, but in a new interview with People, the Fixer Upper stars reveal the drive and determination it takes to live their dream life.

“Nothing has come easy,” Chip, 42, told the mag. “We’ve worked so hard to have this beautiful family and this farm. It really does seem like the American dream you heard about growing up.”

The pair—who first met in 2001—certainly don’t shy away from hard work. “Anyone that thinks this comes completely natural or that we got lucky is really crazy, because it just takes a whole lot of work,” the father of four admitted. “Neither of us came with a silver spoon in our mouth. Jo and I both came from really hardworking families. Even though things are different to some extent, I really hope that our kids follow in those footsteps.”

The couple love bringing their children, Drake, 12, Ella, 10, Duke, 9, and Emmie, 7, to worksites.

“Jo and I both made a commitment pretty early on that the two of us are the most important variable,”  Chip shared. “If we can figure out how to be right as a couple, then obviously we a have a lot better opportunity to be right for our kids.”

Along with their devotion to the family, the spouses juggle various other business ventures. They include starring on their wildly successful HGTV series, being New York Times best-selling authors, and owning a real estate company, home improvement lines, a quarterly magazine, a retail market, and a restaurant in Waco, Texas.

Joanna added that living comfortably isn’t necessarily a goal. “I think comfortable for us can be a little dangerous,” she concluded to People. “The second Chip gets content, he gets really restless. It’s not about, ‘Let’s get here and then we’ll be happy.’ We like the idea of having to wrestle a little bit and figure things out. That’s where we thrive the most.”

The now-famous duo married in March 2003. According to PopSugar, Chip fell for Joanna when he saw her photo in a local auto shop, which just happened to be owned by her father.”I knew I’d marry her one day just by the picture on the wall,” Chip told the publication.

When they met face-to-face, Joanna was equally smitten. “At first, I couldn’t believe how kind Chip was.  He had kind eyes, and made me laugh a lot,” she recalled. “I knew he was the one because I knew I could trust him.”

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Kelly Spears
Kelly Spears
Kelly is an online news writer for The Knot. She is a professional writer who studied English at Ohio State University. Kelly is a big fan of TLC's '90 Day Fiance' and FYI's 'Married at First Sight.'