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“I’ll Shut This Circus Down” — Chip Gaines Claps Back at Opinion That His Family Life Needs Fixing Up

In the wise words of one Taylor Swift, “People throw rocks at things that shine.”

The phrase couldn’t be more true for HGTV power couple and America’s favorite Texans, Chip and Joanna Gaines.

Whether it’s being dragged down by a BuzzFeed staff writer about their pastor’s views, constantly battling divorce rumors that literally could not be further from the truth, or reassuring fans that Joanna’s design aesthetic will not be wasted on a beauty line, the Gaineses often find themselves being the voice of TRUTH and reason in a world that looks for any reason to pull someone down.

This week is no different.

Chip Gaines is firing back at a USA Today op-ed that questioned the reality star’s character, suggesting that his own home and family life needs fixing up.

“Chip and Joanna Gaines did not get where they are by putting their family first,” wrote Daryl Austin, a USA today opinion contributor in a column published over the weekend.

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Daryl, a small business owner from Utah, expressed his own love for Chip and Jo, saying that their commitment to God, family, marriage and community is admirable.

“It’s an image Chip and Joanna work hard to convey,” Daryl says of the “family first” couple, noting the countless scenes from Fixer Upper featuring their kids and literally every interview they’ve ever done as just a few examples of how the couple SHOWS the world that quality time with their kids and each other is their number one priority.

“Except it isn’t so,” Daryl writes. “Not if actions really do speak louder than words. I’ve always believed that we prove what we value most by where we choose to spend our time. Where do Chip and Joanna Gaines spend their time?”

He then divulged into the logistics of the Gaineses world and every facet of the Magnolia empire — everything from the success of their multi-city real estate company which includes land development services, renovations, rental property management, remodeling, fixing and flipping homes, a brokerage, and managing a large team of real estate agents to everything Joanna-esque: a quarterly magazine, an online store, a restaurant, an interior design company, a blog (which Joanna still writes herself), a wallpaper line, a furniture line, a paint line, a line of designer pillows and rugs, and an exclusive line of products for Target.

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All of that, on top of having four kids, a fifth on the way and keeping up on their own farm?

Daryl doesn’t buy it.

“This is just not possible, and it does a disservice to the parents who really are putting their children first. No matter how rich and famous, we are all limited by the same 24 hours in a day,” he wrote. “You cannot do all they’ve done (or even a fraction of it) and still have any real time left over for family.”

Reading through Daryl’s argument, I can’t help but think of 2 Timothy 3:12, in which Paul warns that all who desire to live a Godly life in Christ will be persecuted.

In following the Lord, and putting Him first in their marriage, their parenting, and their business model, the Gaineses have been abundantly blessed.

The reality stars are no strangers to people trying to tear down what they’ve built up in faith, and as any Christian who has placed their faith in Christ and pursues him FIRST, they know that the world will always come against them.

People throw rocks at things that shine.

Chip took to Twitter on Saturday clapping back at Daryl’s harsh claims against his family, once again giving God all the glory.

Bri Lamm
Bri Lamm
Bri is an outgoing introvert with a heart that beats for adventure. She lives to serve the Lord, experience the world, and eat macaroni and cheese in between capturing life’s greatest moments on one of her favorite cameras.

12-Year-Old Girl Dies by Suicide After Being Relentlessly Bullied and Harassed at School

After facing relentless bullying and harassment over the past school year, 12-year-old Flora Martinez ended her life on May 7. Now, her parents are demanding change from schools and administrators after the bullying persisted, even once she was gone.

One Year After 26-Year-Old Wife Dies of Cancer, Husband Finds Redeeming Love After Loss With Young Widow

After his wife Maddy died of cancer at just 26 years old, Chandler David Smith was left grieving an unimaginable loss and navigating what it looked like to be a single dad. In his grief, he found new and beautiful love with a young widow and mother of three.

Florida ‘Safe Haven’ Baby Graduates High School, Reunites With Firefighters Who Received Her 18 Years Ago

Eighteen years ago, when she was just one day old, a baby named Colleen was surrendered at a “Safe Haven” box in Clermont, Florida. Now, as she successfully graduates high school, Colleen is reuniting with the firefighters who were with her on that fateful day 18 years ago.