One half of this A+ list home improvement couple knows there are truths about the couple that are set to be exposed and is trying her best to make it sound like lying fans.

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Joanna Gaines Reveals How Social Media ‘Accusations’ Have Hurt Her and Her Family: ‘We’re Human’

Joanna Gaines is opening up about how social media bullies have had an impact on her and her family since finding fame — and how she finds healthy ways to cope.

The Fixer Upper: Welcome Home star, 43, discussed the topic in an essay called “A Time for Forward Motion” in the fall issue of Magnolia Journal, which hits newsstands on Friday. (Magnolia Journal is published by Meredith, PEOPLE’s parent company.)

“Some years ago, Chip and I found ourselves in a world we’d never known with no instructions or road map,” she writes of herself and her husband of 17 years.

“When our show took off, we couldn’t have imagined all the beauty and blessings that would follow for us and for our family — all of which we’re continually grateful for,” says the mom of five. “But it didn’t take us long to realize that being a part of this new reality also meant being a part of the news cycle. Stories get written about us, about our family, our plans, our supposed beliefs and politics.’ We’ve been through it enough now to know that it’s just part of the territory, and a lot of times it’s so unbelievable we can’t help but laugh.”

But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t get under her skin sometimes: “Every now and then, a headline or story will strike a nerve regardless of how off the mark it may be. Those times are harder to reconcile because we’re human, and the idea that ‘it’s just part of the territory’ doesn’t make untrue accusations any less painful,” Gaines writes.

She goes on to say that Chip, 46, often handles these moments better than she does, letting the falsehoods slide off his back and refusing to let them bother him. But it’s harder said than done, she says. – Source

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