The Chrisley family is really going through tough times ahead of this year’s holiday season.
Chrisley Knows Best stars Todd and Julie Chrisley were found guilty of bank fraud and tax evasion and recently sentenced to a combined 19 years behind bars. Todd received 12 years and Julie received seven years.
Their daughter Savannah Chrisley recently opened up on her Unfiltered podcast, and she revealed that she has been granted custody of her 16-year-old brother, Grayson, and her 10-year-old niece, Chloe.
Understandably, Savannah says she is feeling overwhelmed by the circumstances she’s found herself in. She is finding it “difficult” to adjust to her new way of life without her parents by her side, calling the custody the “hardest part” of her parent’s sentencing.
“[I’m] trying to navigate how you teach two younger children who aren’t fully developed yet and… get them to understand the circumstances,” the Growing up Chrisley star shared with her listeners. “That’s a really, really difficult thing.”
Savannah did not comment on her younger brother Grayson’s recent hospitalization after totaling his vehicle in Nashville, Tennessee, earlier this week, resulting in severe injuries. However, sources have revealed that Grayson is the sibling that is suffering the most after their mother and father’s sentences were handed down.
“Grayson is handling this the worst. He’s having the hardest time,” according to a source over at The Sun. “He’s the one who’s most impacted. He’s the youngest and has the most to lose. He doesn’t have anything, career-wise, to fall back on.”
The Chrisleys have recently appealed their sentencing verdicts, but the source says, “It is what it is.” They will be spending as much time with their children as possible before turning themselves in to begin serving their prison sentences by January 15, 2023.
“They’re not even thinking about the prisons they’ll be at. It is what it is. They’re still taking it in,” the source added.
“These are minimum security prisons, white collar type, so it’s not going to be like Rikers Island. They’re going to have all of the amenities- it’s like the Hilton of federal prisons.”
Todd and Julie also co-parent with Todd’s children from his previous marriage, Chloe’s father, Kyle Chrisley, and his daughter, Lindsie Chrisley.
Kyle, who’s had his fair share of legal woes and has battled addiction and bipolar disorder, recently followed in his younger sister’s footsteps and took to Instagram to share his feelings.
Like Savannah, Kyle too referenced his faith and religion, urging the public not to judge his father and stepmother.
In the Instagram Story, Kyle posted a verse from The Book of Matthew. “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you,” the verse reads. “Who do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”
Lindsie, 33, also reacted to Todd and Julie’s prison sentences on her Instagram page. She shared a video of her close friends with the caption, “The best girlfriends, show up in the bad times with hugs and champagne,” and she added Bruno Mars’ song “Count on Me” to the Story.
However, James E. Dorsey, an IRS special agent involved in the IRS Criminal Investigation Atlanta field office, believes Todd and Julie’s guilty verdict and sentencing are fair and appropriate.
“This sentencing serves notice that no matter a person’s celebrity status, there are severe consequences for defrauding the American tax system,” James stated in a press release on Monday, November 21.