Dealing with trolls on social media is just part of the everyday life of a celebrity in the 20th century. But according to Fixer Upper star Joanna Gaines, those trolls can still strike a nerve in her from time to time.
Joanna and Chip Gaines rose to fame thanks to their popular design and renovation show. Fixer Upper first made its debut back in May of 2013, and it quickly rose up the ranks. Before we knew it, the popular show had become a fan favorite on HGTV — a network that was already brimming with several similar shows. However, Fixer Upper ended in 2017 and there are currently five seasons of the show for you to watch.
But Joanna and Chip Gaines’s notoriety did end when their show did. In fact, quite the opposite — the couple has continued to get more and more attention. But with the good does come some bad. And even the reality television stars aren’t exempt from that. Joanna Gaines explained how some of the negative headlines can really get to her in an essay in the upcoming issue of Magnolia Journal. The essay is titled “A Time for Forward Motion.”
“Every now and then, a headline or story will strike a nerve regardless of how off the mark it may be,” the Fixer Upper star explained.
‘Fixer Upper’ Stars Respond to Controversy
Despite having a loving fan base and more than a million followers on Instagram, Joanna Gaines and her husband of 18 years still have plenty of critics.
As a matter of fact, they have faced accusations of being racist and anti-LGBTQ. Some of those criticisms come from the fact that they never featured a same-sex couple on Fixer Upper. There were also reports that the Gaines attend a church near their home in Waco, Texas, which also opposes same-sex marriage.
Another hot-button issue as of late is the teaching of CRT (critical race theory). The Dallas Morning News previously reported that the sister of Chip Gaines announced that she opposed the teaching of critical race theory in school. And she received a $1,000 donation from Chip and Joanna as she campaigned for a school board seat in Fort Worth.
But Gaines says that those accusations aren’t what they seem to be. And that all of the negative comments and accusations are actually very painful for her.
“Those times are harder to reconcile because we’re human,” she continued. “And the idea that ‘it’s just part of the territory’ doesn’t make untrue accusations any less painful.”
However, the 43-year-old design and renovation expert admitted that her husband actually handles negative comments better than she does.
“Then there’s me, the one who wants to right the wrong,” she said. “Who wants to call foul because I thought we all knew to play fair.”