With her parents, Todd and Julie Chrisley, currently serving time in federal prison, Savannah Chrisley is adjusting to her new role of both sister and guardian to her younger siblings, 16-year-old Grayson and 10-year-old Chloe.
The Chrisleys appointed Savannah to care for their two underaged children as they serve their respective 12- and seven-year prison sentences for tax evasion and bank fraud crimes.
On the latest episode of her Unlocked podcast, the 25-year-old recalled a conversation she had with her father, who told her stepping in to care for Grayson and Chloe would be the hardest and most rewarding thing she’s ever done.
“I’m starting to see that,” Savannah said. “It’s so crazy because I went from a place, sitting in the same chair thinking about how mad I was at God, ‘Why would you allow these things to happen?’ … Now I’m in a place of such peace.”
Savannah said that peace is exactly what her younger siblings need in their lives at the moment, though she’s still trying to figure out how to care for Grayson and Chloe while also maintaining her role as their big sister.
“We need to figure out healthier ways to cope with things and deal with things,” she said. “Even if it’s just the little things, I’m trying to implement because I’m not their mom. I’m not their dad. I’m their sister. I want to stay in that role as sister, but it’s hard when you’re in the role of parent and discipline.”
Savannah admitted to having a “full-on breakdown” recently while getting Chloe ready for a visit with their parents, though she said Chloe reassured her the following day, telling Savannah she was “doing a pretty good job.”
Things like meal planning and grocery shopping are tasks Savannah is still trying to get a handle on, but she said knowing her parents are adjusting well to their new normal has given her a new sense of calm.
“The only thing that’s turned my mindset around is seeing both of my parents right now sitting in federal prison camps and still having so much peace,” she said. “My dad said for the first time in his life, he’s felt a level of peace he’s never felt before.
“I went this past weekend and saw both of my parents,” she continued. “I was sitting there, and I’ve never felt the presence of Jesus more than sitting in that room.”
The Chrisleys are currently in the process of appealing their convictions/sentences.
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I would like to be notified of any upcoming reality shows with the kids and Faye
Kerp these innocent kids away from the publuc domain, keep them away from the toxic media spot light.
Get these kids some therapy…
Isn’t Grayson like 16 or 17? I think he can do a lot for himself and he can pitch in. Get herself a hello fresh partnership, and teach that teenager how to cook.
God has nothing to do with her parents being criminals. She should be angry at them, not God. They are at peace? What?
They basically manipulated their kids into thinking they’re totally innocent and this is one giant screw-up. It’s pathetic. They’ve saddled Savannah with parenting their younger kids and still don’t even have the decency to tell her the truth.
Hopefully, Savannah will eventually realize they’re full of shit.
It’s like the common MO for reality tv stars’ kids.
Gia Guidice, still thinks that they treated her father unfairly. And she wants to become a lawyer just to prove them wrong. Like he committed felonies and wasn’t a US citizen, I could have told you the day he pled guilty he was going to get deported.
Same in this case, the second they didn’t take the plea deal. I knew they screwed themselves. Could have saved the taxpayers money. Paid the same amount in restitution and saved the lawyer’s fees to pay back in restitution, and cut the amount of jail time in half. Juile could have been out in time to see Grayson graduate high school.
Grocery shopping and meal planning… For 2 teens! That her biggest problem?