Last year, Chip and Joanna Gaines shocked faithful legion of fans when they announced that season 5 of "Fixer Upper" would be their last. They mourned the fact that they wouldn't see the lovable couple on their televisions.
People began to conjecture over what caused the show to come to an end. Rumours began to swirl that the couple's marriage was in trouble.
At the time, in a post on the Magnolia blog, Joanna explained the decision was what was best for their family for right now. Later, she would announce she was pregnant with their fifth child.
“While we are confident that this is the right choice for us, it has for sure not been an easy one to come to terms with,” Joanna writes. “Our family has grown up alongside yours, and we have felt you rooting us on from the other side of the screen. How bittersweet to say goodbye to the very thing that introduced us all in the first place.”
Now, the truth comes out about why the show ended. Chip dropped the bombshell in a new interview.
It's not that the couple's marriage was in trouble—quite the opposite. In the end, the couple felt like the needed to end the show to allow Chip to be his authentic self.
“TV was a funny thing for me. I’m an authentic, sincere person,” Chip said. “So, as long as things are natural and organic, I’m in my element. But the more staged something becomes, or the more required something becomes, it boxes me up, and I felt like toward the end of the Fixer Upper journey, I felt caged, trapped.”
They realized that having the camera follow them around wasn't right for their family anymore. They wanted what was best for their husband and father.
“Jo and I couldn’t figure it out,” Chip went on to explain. “I mean, why? You’re getting to have all this fun, right? But it’s like if I put a camera in your face and said, ‘Hey, say something funny.’ Or if I put a camera in your face and said, ‘Hey, be smart.’ I just struggled with that environment. Especially at the end of it.”
Even though we miss seeing the Gaines on TV, we're glad they followed God's will for their family. May we all have the courage to do the same!