Reality TV star Todd Chrisley and his wife Julie Chrisley are in the thick of legal troubles as the duo was indicted over bank fraud and tax evasion. In addition, Julie was found guilty of a separate wire fraud charge.
The couple– co-stars in the reality TV show “Chrisley Knows Best”– were accused of defrauding $ 30 million from different financial institutions over five years.
Since their conviction, the Chrisleys have ramped up their legal team as they prepare to fight against the legal verdict.
Despite that, the backlash has taken a turn for the worse. In their recent podcast, Todd opened up about the legal, financial and emotional aftermath his family had been going through following the conviction.
Read on for more information.
‘We Are Standing United And Firm’
During Wednesday’s episode of the “Chrisley Confessions” podcast, Todd opened up about the legal, financial, and emotional aftermath of the June 7 legal ruling.
“As a family, we are still united and firm in our positions and faith. We don’t waiver in our faith,” Todd began. “Now listen. Are we disappointed? Are we hurt? Yes, but we know that God has a purpose for everything.”
While they have received support from friends and fans alike, they’ve also received negative comments from critics.
“What’s important and what has changed me through this ordeal is that I no longer feel the need to respond to the naysayers, to the people that don’t know, to the people who have no idea what the truth is.”
He also added that he wanted to thank those who stood with his family regardless of all they were facing.
“It’s taken me a long time to get to that [point] because when we started in this business, I went and fired back at any person that lied to us or said something hurtful, or whatever,” he continued.
“And now, I don’t feel the need to do that. And I think that’s part of what God has given me is that God has given me that inner peace, and he’s given me the full understanding of, ‘no one needs to believe our truth as long as we know our truth.’ As long as God knows and we know, that should be all that matters,” he concluded.
Their Son Struggles With Social Media Comments
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In another episode of the “Chrisley Confessions” podcast, the pair opened up about how their son, 16-year-old Grayson, has been handling the legal ordeal.
Todd shared that Grayson, whom he calls the “sweetest child with the tender heart,” has been mostly affected by comments made in the media.
“When you have someone that has a heart like Grayson in a world like where we live right now, you have to be very careful with someone that is that sensitive,” he said, according to People. “Because the world doesn’t care if his feelings are hurt.”
Todd said he advised his son to spend as much time listening to God as he would to a message from someone with “two followers and a cat as their emoji.”
“Someone else’s opinion of you should not matter. You need to know who you are in the depths of your soul. Who you are as a person, who you are as a spouse, as a friend, as a parent, as a child,” Julie added.
Todd And Julie Chrisley Will Be Pursuing An Appeal
The longtime attorney of the Chrisleys, Steve Friedberg, shared with People that they were devastated and disappointed and will appeal the verdict.
“Julie and Todd are so grateful for the love and support shown by their family, friends, and fans,” Friedberg began.
“They both remain strong in their faith and will continue the ‘fight’ until they are vindicated. They have their priorities in order and are currently concentrating on the welfare of their children and Todd’s mother, Elizabeth Faye Chrisley.”
The Fate Of ‘Chrisley Knows Best?’
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As of this publication, “Chrisley Knows Best” hasn’t been canceled. Per Deadline, the show’s tenth season is still set to return on June 23.
Sources shared with THR that the latest installment was filmed before the pair’s trial in May.
The spin-off, “Growing Up Chrisley,” has a fourth season, and E! recently announced that Todd will be hosting and producing a new dating series titled “Love Limo.”