Joanna Gaines Reveals What Keeps Her Up at Night: ‘So Far From Who We Really Are’

by Quentin Blount

There are a lot of different reasons why some people can’t sleep at night. But for Fixer Upper star Joanna Gaines, there’s only one.

Joanna Gaines starred on the HGTV reality series Fixer Upper alongside her husband Chip Gaines. The show’s pilot first aired back in May of 2013. In total, there are five seasons of the show, which ended in 2017. It didn’t take long for the show to become a hit, especially since there were so many popular design and renovation shows already.

Responding to Controversy

But even after rising to fame on Fixer Upper, Joanna Gaines and her husband have faced scrutiny and accusations of being racist and anti-LGBTQ. Part of that stems from the fact that there was never a same-sex couple featured on their reality show. The Gaines had stayed relatively quiet about the claims until about 2016. That’s when reports revealed that the couple had been attending a church near their home in Waco, Texas, with a pastor who verbally opposed same-sex marriage.

Similarly, The Dallas Morning News aimed its attention to Chip’s sister. She campaigned for a school board in suburban Fort Worth and received a $1,000 donation from the Gaines. Before she got the donation, she had announced that she was against teaching critical race theory in school — a hot button issue as of late.

It’s these accusations that Joanna Gaines says “keep her up at night.” She feels sick over the alleged discrimination. She explained as much to The Hollywood Reporter last month.

“Sometimes I’m like, ‘Can I just make a statement?'” Joanna said, tearing up a little bit. “The accusations that get thrown at you, like you’re a racist or you don’t like people in the LGBTQ community, that’s the stuff that really eats my lunch — because it’s so far from who we really are. That’s the stuff that keeps me up.”

Chip and Joanna Gaines Are Working to Clear Their Names

Since then accusations have been made public, Joanna and her husband have made a concerted effort to clear their names. Just last year, both Joanna and Chip appeared on the popular YouTube series “Conversations with a Black Man” with former NFL star Emmanuel Acho. On the show, the Gaines family asks Acho for advice when it comes to talking to their kids about race.

However, the high-profile couple didn’t stop there. As a matter of fact, they decided to put their money where their mouth is.

In addition to condemning racism on their brand Magnolia’s website, the couple also announced that they were making donations to the Waco NAACP, the Waco Community Race Relations Coalition, and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and Race Forward. Chip Gaines also spoke of supporting all people — no matter their skin color or sexual orientation.