Chip and Joanna Gaines Reveal Why They Keep Their Kids Out of the Spotlight – and Why They May Still Go for Baby No. 5

10/13/2016 at 12:15 PM ET

Chip and Joanna Gaines
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HGTV Stars Chip and Joanna Gaines open up about their Fixer Upper empire and why they’ll always choose family over fame. Subscribe now for an exclusive interview at home with the duo, only in PEOPLE!

Chip and Joanna Gaines are famous for their Fixer Upper empire, but the home-improvement couple want to keep their kids far away from the spotlight.

And while their four children — Emmie, 6, Duke, 8, Ella, 9, and Drake, 11 — do occasionally appear in their reality show, they’re not subjected to filming multiple takes and the Gaineses don’t show their faces in photoshoots.

“They’re so young and we want to give them the chance to have a normal childhood,” Joanna says in this week’s issue of PEOPLE.

Watch People Cover Story: Fixer Upper’s Chip and Joanna Gaines, available now on the new People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). Go to, or download the PEN app on Apple TV, Roku Players, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, iOS and Android devices.

One factor that helps shield the Gaineses‘ children from the TV world? The family doesn’t have a television in their home.

“So they don’t really understand that we have a show,” Joanna says. “They don’t get it.”

Chip and Joanna Gaines
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While the Gaineses definitely have their hands full with their 40-acre farm, running all their businesses and four kids, Joanna says adding to their family isn’t off the table.

“I look at life as the more the better. If I found out we were having another baby, I would be really excited,” Joanna says. “We like a full plate. That’s just how Chip and I operate.”

For much more from Chip and Joanna — including their family and life in Waco — pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

— Emily Strohm

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Michelle on

Love this show and this family so much!

Dale on

I love Chip and Joanna. They are great people. Love their show!!!!

guest on

Their kids are beautiful and Chip and Joanna are very talented!! If they can handle a fifth, I say go for it!!

bb on

Love this show! Someday I want to take a road trip to the Silos and get my Fixer Upper fix🙂 If anyone can handle a 5th kid, its them, but I wonder how they have any time as it is! Just reading everything they do makes me tired!

Laurie on

I love this couple, family and show. I watch the show every time it is on.

Anonymous on

They seem like such a wholesome and happy couple.. Refreshing to see🙂



Kim on

I love their show. I have it scheduled to record every time it’s on. Great job Chip and Joanna.

Just a Duck on

You see the kids’ faces every show. I’d be happy if I NEVER saw their kids. The show is about house flipping, not children.

Guest on

Love them

Katie on

Chip and Joanna try to live as normal a life as possible, and keep their priorities in order, or so it appears. Their children are more a part of their lives than their work is, and while you se the children for a moment in the show, they don’t overdo the exposure, and they don’t choose to either dump their children, nor do they over expose them. Their show is very interesting, if you are interested in remodeling and how to choose a home, and they demonstrate very good ideas and show how to execute those ideas.

Barbara on

Just found the program….love it. It’s a relief to see two people enjoy one another, and what they do. Good luck with your program. Your welcome to come over anytime and do a fixer up to my house.

Lin on

They are the dream family everyone wishes for. It doesn’t hurt that their kids are just adorable either.

Volly on

First time to know this show, it seems an interesting show.

Ann J. on

The only HGTV show I watch anymore is FixerUpper. These two are so fun to watch and so talented!!! Love their farm and watching how they integrate their children just enough to show what a beautiful family they are.

Aline on

just before I looked at the receipt four $6768 , I didn’t believe that…my… friend had been trully erning money in there spare time on there computar. . there friend brother haz done this less than 20 months and resently took care of the dept on there house and got Mercedes . read <<<<>>>>

Nullz on

I enjoyed watched the show, they are so funny in it!