Daryl Austin came under fire from Fixer Upper fans in April, after he penned an article on USA Today, expressing his opinion that the HGTV stars couldn’t possibly put their kids first, as they have often said they do, given how busy they are with their mega-popular series and their ever-expanding business ventures.
“There is much to be admired about them, including their commitments to their faith, marriage, family and community,” Austin said of the famous couple. “There’s an important distinction, however, that I think their millions of fans and would-be imitators need to remember: Chip and Joanna Gaines did not get where they are now by putting their family first.”
After it was released, Chip responded to Austin with a tweet saying, “I don’t know Daryl, & he clearly doesn’t know me. But for the record: If there is ever a need w/ my family (1st), I’ll shut this circus down so fast it will make your head spin. BUT Jo & I believe, w/ God anything is possible. Including having an amazing family AND a career you love.”
Austin later wrote another story, this time for Fox News, in which he admitted, “I regret writing it.” He added, “I didn’t write it to be hurtful, out of jealousy, or to cause controversy. I wrote it for one simple reason: because I believed every word I wrote to be true.”
He recently reached out to Chip and Joanna, who just welcomed their fifth child on June 21, directly asking for their forgiveness.
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A representative for the Gaineses replied, letting him know it was water under the bridge, and, Austin says, it’s given him a sense of closure after a tumultuous few months. “I already respected them a lot, despite some concerns I addressed in that article, but now I respect them even more.”