‘Fixer Upper’ Star Chip Gaines Remembers Grandfather as a Genuine Cowboy

by Quentin Blount

It’s a little know fact to most Fixer Upper fans, but star of the show Chip Gaines has a little bit of cowboy in him.

Chip Gaines and his wife Joanna Gaines rose to prominence thanks to the Home and Garden TV channel. The high-profile couple started their own show back in 2013 called Fixer Upper. The show was extremely successful right out of the gates, and it ended up running for a total of five years. It is still widely viewed as one of the most popular design and renovation shows on TV.

In addition to being a television star, Chip Gaines also has a little bit of cowboy in his blood. If that wasn’t already evident by how he conducts himself on TV and out in public, what he told Cowboys & Indians back in a 2019 interview should be enough to convince you.

“You’ve written and spoken a lot about your grandfather and the fact that he was kind of a real cowboy in your eyes,” the outlet told Gaines. “Do you look in the mirror now and see parts of him in yourself?”

“Yeah. I have become a bit of a student of the cowboy traditions,” the Fixer Upper star replied. “I mean, I’ve bought and sold a lot of cows in my years. But all that’s to say cowboys are a funny breed, because when I think of a cowboy, I think of my granddad.”

‘Fixer Upper’ Star Has Cowboy in Him But Doesn’t Consider Himself a Cowboy

After spending so much time with his grandfather when he was younger, Chip Gaines most definitely learned a thing or two. He knows firsthand what it is like to have a real cowboy in the family. But that doesn’t mean he is ready to give himself that same title.

“When somebody asks if I am a cowboy? This isn’t like an aw-shucks deal, but I very quickly say, ‘No sir, I am not,'” Gaines admitted. “I’ve met guys that I swear to you are real cowboys, but if you ask them, ‘Are you a cowboy?’ They’ll say they’re not. So I don’t know what it is. I don’t know if it’s some kind of an honor that you don’t want bestowed on yourself.”

It goes without saying that Chip Gaines respects his grandfather a ton and also respects what the term “cowboy” stands for. He doesn’t take it lightly. There is a chance that his boys may grow up with that same mentality. Chip and Joanna Gaines share five children together: Drake, 16, Ella Rose, 14, Duke, 13 Emmie Kay, 11, and Crew, 3.

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