When Chip and Joanna Gaines say they put family first, they mean it-and don’t dare tell them otherwise. After a writer published an essay claiming the Fixer Upper stars put their career above their family to get ahead, Chip shut that whole thing down.
In an opinion column published by USA Today, writer Daryl Austin questioned whether their family-first philosophy was realistic given their massive business success. “No matter how rich and famous, we are all limited by the same 24 hours in a day. You cannot do all they’ve done (or even a fraction of it) and still have any real time left over for family,” he wrote. “Frankly, I wonder where they even find the time to brush their teeth, let alone spend quality, one-on-one time with each child daily.”
Austin argued that Chip and Jo do “a disservice to the parents who really are putting their children first,” because they make it look easy to balance a massive career with a family life. And he argued that even though they ended Fixer Upper to spend more time with their kids, they have also launched a new restaurant and cookbook, so their business empire just keeps growing.
This argument didn’t sit well with Chip. On Twitter, he didn’t mince words about what he thought of the article. “I don’t know Daryl, and he clearly doesn’t know me,” he wrote. He said that if an issue came up with his family, he would “shut this circus down so fast it will make your head spin.” But he said that it’s possible to balance work and family, and won’t let this one doubter get him down.
I dont know daryl, & he clearly doesnt know me. But for the record: If there is ever a need w/ my family (1st), I'll shut this circus down so fast it will make your head spin. BUT jo & I believe, w/ God anything is possible. Including having an amazing family AND career you love. https://t.co/3DbWIIKMnh- Chip Gaines (@chipgaines) April 28, 2018
Read his full response below:
“I don’t know Daryl, and he clearly doesn’t know me. But for the record: If there is ever a need with my family (first), I’ll shut this circus down so fast it will make your head spin. But Jo and I believe, with God anything is possible. Including having an amazing family and career you love.”
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