‘Fixer Upper’ Star Chip Gaines Reflects on Growing Up on a Farm

by Hunter Miller

Many TV fans know Chip Gaines as the hilarious “demo day”-loving star of “Fixer Upper.” But many may not know about his upbringing, and how he spent some of his younger days learning cowboy ways.

In an interview released this week, Chip spoke with Cowboys & Indians about a wide range of topics from his background to his current pursuits with Magnolia. Also during the conversation, the 47-year-old husband to Joanna Gaines spoke out about learning to cowboy. However, he said growing up that he was more of a “city boy.”

“I was a city boy, really. My dad played football at the University of New Mexico, so my sister and myself were both born and at a very young age lived in Albuquerque,” he said. “But my mom and dad were both Texans, so they ended up back in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in a traditional suburb.”

While Chip felt like a “city boy,” his granddad helped get the cowboy way of life in his “blood.”

“But we would spend the summers at my granddad’s place there just outside of Wichita Falls in little bitty Archer City. And I don’t know what it was about it, but it certainly got in my blood at a very young age,” he said.

Chip Gaines Gets Farm Life in His ‘Blood’ Hanging With His Granddad

According to Chip, his granddad was the “coolest guy in the world.” And after hearing his description, he definitely sounds like someone we would’ve wanted to hang out with too. “My granddad’s name was J.B. — he was like the Marlboro Man. He was real lean and tall and always wore a cowboy hat, and was just the coolest guy in the world.”

While hanging with J.B., Chip learned a range of cowboy skills that he’d carry with him for the rest of his life. “I’d spend the summer out with J.B. and learned how to mend fences, and we’d ride horses. I mean, we’d do the whole nine yards, and I’d take those thoughts and ideas and concepts back to the suburbs, and I would essentially reenact them in various ways.”

In fact, just last week, Chip posted a touching tribute to J.B. in honor of Veteran’s Day. “To one of my heros (sic) and grandad JB, and all who have served and sacrificed so much for our country. Thank you.. we are forever grateful.”

Being His True Self With Wife Joanna Gaines

While J.B. clearly had a major impact on Chip, he’d likely say that his wife Joanna has had the biggest impact on his life.

Back in September, Chip and Joanna spoke out about their relationship for an “I Am Second” feature. “I think that’s one of the reasons that I love her like I do,” Chip shared. “I mean, I feel like she knows me in a way that has caused me to stop acting. You know?”

Learn more about Chip and Joanna’s interview about their marriage here.