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

"We want to give [our kids] the chance to have a normal childhood," Joanna Gaines tells PEOPLE

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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.

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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.”


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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