Dave Quinn
July 18, 2017 12:30 PM

Chip and Joanna Gaines‘ life has surely changed in the four years since their hit HGTV show Fixer Upper premiered. And it appears the fame has gone to Gaines’ head — literally!

The 42-year-old house-flipper has been rocking some new longer hair in recent months. (Fans couldn’t get enough of his man bun in a recent Instagram post.) And during an appearance on Today Tuesday, he couldn’t help but check himself out in the camera and fuss with his locks — despite being in the middle of an interview!

“He’s trying to get used to his long hair,” wife Joanna, 39, teased.

But Chip had another explanation. “I’ve gotten a little bit pompous,” he joked about his new Hollywood style. “When I get out in public, I really notice myself looking at my reflections as a I walk though. New York is not a great place for me.”

Chip and Joanna Gaines
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He may be trying out a new look, but Chip still remains as down-to-earth as ever. It’s that “real” quality that made him so relatable in the first place — something Chip plugged into when picking the cover for his new book, Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff.

Though his fans were given the choice between three different cover options, Chip ended up going with the least popular one of the bunch — one that showed him in a backwards baseball cap, caught during a candid moment with a more natural expression on his face.

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“This photo lost by a huge margin, but it’s one of those times where I said, ‘I’m writing a book’ and I really wanted it to be about me and the expression I wanted to capture,” the Waco, Texas resident said. “That was one of these sort of ad-lib moments that happened at the farm. Of all the photos — of all the staged photos and the big set photos — that one kept jumping off the page.”

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The memoir, out in October, has the serial entrepreneur recounting some of his past ventures — from equipment for a lawn-mowing service he bought after taking out a bank loan, to a neighborhood laundromat he purchased. Along the way, he relives some of his craziest antics and the lessons he learned.

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“When we were first dating, Chip and his buddies would sit around and tell ‘Chip stories’: all the crazy stuff he did,” Joanna explained. “And I thought, ‘These guys are lying. This guy didn’t do this stuff.’ Then I got married to him and I’m like, ‘He is crazy.’ ”

“They were actually toning those stories down a bit,” Chip admitted.

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The book will also give insights into what Chip’s learned from fame and how it’s affected he and Joanna — with whom he shares children Drake, 12, Ella, 10, Duke, 9, and Emmie Kay, 7.

“I really wonder how other people feel about this experience [of being plucked out of complete obscurity]. But for us, it’s just been an unbelievable wild ride,” Chip said. “Those experiences – unit after unit,  miracle after miracle — sort of popped out on the pages. [It] is really just indescribable. I think we’re still surprised.”

Coincidentally, Chip said it’s that unscripted quality embodied by his book’s cover that’s also the key to he and wife Joanna’s success.

 

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“There was nothing staged about it,” he said, looking back on the shot. “We’ve had some comments on Instagram about it that it looked like maybe I was constipated. It looked like maybe I was having a severe mid-life crisis of sorts. But the reality was, it was just in the moment. It was just unscripted — un-staged. No makeup, no hair. Something about that real element…is really the secret ingredient.”

 

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