Chip and Joanna Gaines have been the topic of quite a few different rumors after they announced that their HGTV reality series Fixer Upper was coming to an end. The couple sat down in their first TV interview since the announcement and revealed that they feared continuing on the show would result in marital issues between them.
“Look, I’ll give [the rumors] a little credence,” Chip said on the Today show on Tuesday. “For us, the most important thing in the world is Jo and I’s relationship, followed very quickly by these four beautiful kids [of ours]. We didn’t want to push it, to redline it for so long that we woke up and realized we are at a point of no return. We wanted to take a step back and focus on what is absolutely the most important thing to us.”
He continued, “People in our inner circle, I tell them we’re as healthy as we’ve ever been. I just didn’t want to keep pushing this envelope to the fullest extent. We’re really thankful that we had the opportunity to step back and take a break.”
Chip and Joanna became one of HGTV’s most popular stars after their renovation series Fixer Upper premiered in 2013. After five seasons, they revealed this past September that the fifth season of the show will be the final season.
“We’ve kind of all grown together. With the audience, they’ve come alongside with us,” Joanna shared. “On the other side, there’s so much encouragement. Even though it was sad, they get it. We have this young, growing family and I just think that was one of the biggest reasons why we wanted to end the show.”
The fifth and final season of Fixer Upper premieres on HGTVB in November.