We are still in denial but, Fixer Upper‘s fifth and final season has almost come to an end. But even after more than 60 episodes, one of the most frequently asked questions remains: What is Joanna Gaines‘ ethnicity.
The 39-year-old has previously revealed that she’s half-Korean but was born in Kansas. “I love hearing all the guesses. Although I did play Pocahontas in high school, I am not Native American. My father is half Lebanese and half German and my mother is full Korean,” she wrote on her blog, Magnolia. Her parents, Jerry and Nan, met in South Korea in 1969 and have been together ever since.
She also detailed what it’s like to work alongside her husband Chip. “We both know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and we try not to cross those boundaries. I really feel it is important for a couple to encourage each other in their strengths rather than always highlight their weaknesses,” she shared. “Respect is key. Do we ever argue? Heck yeah, we do. We are polar opposites. One thing we try and do every week is have a date night no matter how busy we get. This is always good for us to get back to center and define what our purpose and goals are as a couple. Chip is also hard not to love. He is hilarious and makes me laugh even when he decides to surprise me with yet another farm animal!”
When asked how she manages to do it all with filming, running a business and raising four kids while pregnant with her fifth, Joanna admitted, “Short answer is I don’t. Do I fail and make mistakes? Every day. I have an amazing husband, a wonderful support system, and a strong faith that God would not have brought me this opportunity without giving me the strength and grace to fulfill it.” Her time away from her family does not come cheap. The interior designer charges $150,000 as her appearance fee.
And we don’t blame her. The main reason the couple decided to end their hit series after Season 5 was to focus more on their children. “We would be foolish to think we can go and go and fire on all cylinders and never stop to pause,” the duo said in a joint statement. “This is just us recognizing that we need to catch our breath for a moment. Our plan is to take this time to shore up and strengthen the spots that are weak, rest the places that are tired, and give lots of love and attention to both our family and our businesses.”