Tearful Chip Gaines Recalls Painful Memory Of College Bullying

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On an episode of Joanna Gaines’ cooking show Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines, her husband, Chip, surprised fans with an emotional appearance.

In the episode, Chip joined his wife for a segment of her show. The two were preparing an Italian feast, and Chip helped his wife by chopping some onions. Even with shades on, Chip became teary-eyed and admitted that slicing the onions reminded him of a “sad time” in his life.

“It reminds me of junior college, which was a very sad time for me,” Chip explained.

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Immediately thrown off by the correlation, Joanna inquired why onions reminded him of college. Chip explained that the tear response triggered the memories from a difficult season of his life.

“I go to junior college on a baseball scholarship and these dudes did not take lightly to the new guy,” Chip recalled.

Chip is known for his fun-loving and goofy personality, but the Fixer Upper: Welcome Home star admitted that he brought out his dark side in junior college. Chip even showed up in a parking lot to fight a guy who constantly picked at him. 

“After about 6, 12 months of that I was like, ‘Man I gotta get out of here,’” Chip remembered. “You know, a shark probably wouldn’t do too well in a pond. So I needed to find my right body of water and once I did, those two things came together and I found this lovely lady.”

See a clip from the episode below.

For more on Chip’s skills in the kitchen, check out the following video.