"I really wasn’t that guy," Chip told People magazine. "I dated girls whose goal in life was to get married and have kids. They had it all planned out, but I was too selfish. It was about me and what I wanted to do, and I didn’t have anything tying me down."
“I had to make a lot of changes,” he said. ”I had to be a better person. But when I thought about the idea of being an 80-year-old man sitting on a rocking chair with my beautiful wife, and for she and I to have made it (that far), I got really excited.”
He said he was enjoying his days as a bachelor before he met Joanna while she was working at her dad’s automotive shop in Waco, Texas.
"It felt like there was this real transition. I matured and grew up," he told People magazine. "It just kind of clicked in my brain: 'This is going to work.'"Comment on this story
Joanna Gaines once shared an old photo of the couple:
Chip and Joanna Gaines have five children — Drake, 14; Ella, 12; Duke, 10; Emmie, 9; and Crew, 11 months — and have been married 16 years, according to Fox News.
Chip said he owes all success to his wife.
"I tell my kids this a lot. She’s the one that makes this whole thing go around,” he said.