HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines may be known as the power couple behind the hit home improvement show “Fixer Upper,” but they almost didn’t even end up together.
According to Country Living, the two fell in love after Chip spotted Joanna working at her father’s tire store in 2001. He recognized her from local commercials she starred in for the Waco, Texas shop.
After bonding over their deeply religious values, the couple eventually fell in love and tied the knot.
They have now been married for over 14 years and started a family together, in addition to running their very successful home-flipping business.
But according to People, Chip nearly married another woman before meeting Joanna.
In a recent interview with The Magnolia Journal, Chip said that he was once madly in love with a woman who he referred to only as “Amy.” The “Fixer Upper” star said:
“Amy put up with me despite my terrible approach to relationships. She and I dated for upward of two years.”
Despite his bad habits, like showing up to dates hours late, the two developed a serious relationship.
When Amy asked Chip where their relationship was headed, he made a nearly life-changing decision. Chip said:
“I felt convinced that Amy was the one. I walked off that plane hell-bent on making that young woman my wife.”
According to People, Chip eventually decided to ask Amy’s parents for her hand in marriage, but they “politely declined.” Still, he continued to pursue her.
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But it wasn’t long before Amy’s father stepped in. He sent a “very kind but stern letter” to Chip asking him to leave his daughter alone.
Chip said that he now appreciates the harsh letter, because now he’s living his fairytale life with Joanna. The “Fixer Upper” star said:
“It’s hard for me to articulate how grateful I am that we don’t always get what we want. Sometimes it takes a strongly worded dad letter to convince me that it’s time to leave a dream behind.”
Once he met his future wife, Chip said he knew “almost from the beginning” that they would settle down and start a life together.
And luckily — for HGTV fans — they did.