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Joanna Gaines lied about her middle name growing up to avoid being bullied: ‘I couldn’t find my place’

Joanna Gaines Revealing aspects of her childhood.

On Tuesday, the “Fixer Upper” star appeared on the “Today Show” to promote her upcoming memoir, “The Stories We Tell,” in which she details the struggle of being a half-Korean. in his hometown in Kansaso,

“I told the other kids that my middle name was Anne because it sounded more American than Lee,” said Hoda Kotb, reading aloud an excerpt from Gaines’ book. “The lies I told out loud, although they were not as harmful as the lies I was allowing to take root in my heart.”

“It was like I couldn’t find my place,” Gaines shared with Kotb. “I remember going to Korean church and feeling like, ‘I don’t look like them,’ because I felt like, you know, I was ‘Hafi.’ And then going to school and the only girl who looked pretty Asian.”

Joanna Gaines reveals she lied about her middle name growing up because she was bullied in school.

Joanna Gaines reveals she lied about her middle name growing up because she was bullied in school.
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Joanna gets emotional about mother’s struggle as an immigrant

The interior designer shared that she always saw herself as “somewhere in the middle” and that finding her place was an “interior” process.

She explained that her childhood bullying began while cooking her mother’s Korean food in the school cafeteria.

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“I loved rice. I loved my mom’s food. And, the moment you open it, all the kids will be like, ‘What?'” Gaines explained that she “laughed at the insult” and didn’t process life. Bullying until later.

Gaines’ daughters, Ella, 16, and Emmy, 12, appeared with their moms on the set of “Today Show” to show support on Tuesday.

Joanna Gaines recently shared that she plans to be more comfortable in her 40s.

Joanna Gaines recently shared that she plans to be more comfortable in her 40s.
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Gaines and her “Fixer Upper” co-star and husband, Chip Gaines, also share three sons: Drake, 18, Duke, 14, and Crew, 4. The couple has been married since 2003.

Last week, Gaines revealed she wanted to be more comfortable in her 40s, She explained to People magazine that, over the years, she has felt burned out and the pressure of her high expectations.

“I was about to turn 44, and I realized, over the past 10 years, a lot of it felt like a blur,” she told the outlet. “It was fast, it was exciting and there was so much to be thankful for, but there was something in me that just felt so tired, I wanted to go back and relive the moments I had missed along the way.”

Joanna and Chip Gaines have five children.  They married in 2003.

Joanna and Chip Gaines have five children. They married in 2003.
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His New Memoir, “The Stories We Tell,” Gaines shared that she began her journey of self-discovery by journaling and healing. That process led to happy moments.

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‘The Stories We Tell’ released on Tuesday.