Gaines tries to avoid criticism and opinions from having an impact on her. However, Gaines said that every now and again, a headline or story can strike a nerve, regardless of how far-fetched it might be. Gaines said that those times are difficult to reconcile, because we’re all human and that the notion that “it’s just part the territory” doesn’t make false accusations any less painful.
Gaines also revealed that her husband often handles criticism better than she does. Her husband and she now manage Magnolia, an entire homestyle network that focuses on content related to design, cooking, and homes.