Chip and Joanna Gaines

When I caught her, I finally felt content for the first time in my life.


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Joanna always played it safe. She was the quiet one in school who was content to live in the background. She liked comfort and predictability.

Then she met Chip.

Chip was everything Joanna wasn’t: risky, dangerous, care-free, and an extreme dreamer.

“If you give Chip a boundary, he’s going to break that boundary, if you give him a rule he’s not going to follow it, and if you tell him, ‘You can’t go over this line,’ he’s going to put his toe over it,” Joanna says.

“I would play a little game with myself to see how out of gas I could get without in fact running completely out of gas, and she was like, ‘Why would anyone want to play that?’,” Chip remembers.

Completely opposite. Completely different. Completely in love. Despite their differences, their chemistry has made their show — HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” — cable’s top program. So what keeps them together? How can two people who are so dis-similar stay together in an era when many call it quits because they’re just “different people”?

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