Chip and Joanna Gaines break silence on claims they're 'racist' & 'anti-LGBTQ'

CHIP and Joanna Gaines have hit out at past claims that they are "racist" and "anti-LGBTQ".

The hosts of HGTV's Fixer Uppers addressed some of the accusations they've faced while transforming people's homes over the years.

Joanna, 43, told The Hollywood Reporter: "Sometimes I'm like, ‘Can I just make a statement?'

"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."

The designer – who is of Asian descent – added: "That's the stuff that keeps me up."

Fixer Upper, which ran from 2013 to 2018, has faced backlash in the past for never featuring a same-sex couple.

Joanna and Chip, 46, also came under fire when they filmed a conversation with a pastor who openly opposed LGBTQ rights.

Earlier this year, the couple were criticized for donating $1,000 to Chip's sister Shannon Braun for her Fort Worth school campaign, in which she advocated against teaching critical race theory.

THR noted that the donation was made many months before the campaign was fully formed.

Chip revealed that the couple are hoping to make their staffers more diverse in their new network, The Magnolia Network.

"As an American white male, it's hard to be perfectly diverse," he said.

"In our own company, we've got nearly 700 employees, and one of our biggest passions is making this group represent all people."

One of Magnolia's shows, Mind For Design, is being hosted by gay interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn.

Chip and Joanna first met in 2001 and married two years later.

The reality stars met after Chip walked into her father's auto shop in Waco, Texas, and saw a photo of Joanna, in her early 20s at the time.

"I knew I'd marry her one day just by the picture on the wall," Chip would tell Popsugar.

When they eventually went on a first date, he was 90 minutes late.

"I still don’t remember what he said that convinced me to walk out the door with him. He didn’t even have a plan for our date," she wrote in their memoir, The Magnolia Story.

"He said, 'So, Joanna, where do you want to go eat?'"

They have five children together – Drake, 16, Ella Rose, 13, Duke, 12, Emmie Kay, 11, and Crew, two.

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