In spite of being a well-loved reality star, there are a ton of dark elements to Todd Chrisley's troubled past...
If you don't know, this is Todd Chrisley.
via: Getty ImagesThe American businessman is best known for his hit reality TV show, Chrisley Knows Best.
He, along with his family, has been starring in the show for 5 years now!
via: Getty ImagesThe show focuses on following the extremely southern family as they battle the daily struggles of maintaining a healthy family life as well as "having fun" while doing so.
It's given us some of the best reality TV show moments ever!And with the introduction of Season 7, it only got more hectic, as each family member (including the nanny!) gets their own storyline.
Remember this hilarious scene?When Todd told Grayson, his son, that he could not drink the soda but he did it anyway while maintaining full eye-contact with his father? Simple, but impactful.
I'll give it to you, that takes some guts, son!
via: YouTubeThe look on Todd's face made this such an iconic moment for the show!
The nation seems pretty fond of him, too.
The show generally gets positive reviews, with some people claiming that it's so much better than watching any of the Kardashians.
Chrisley Knows Best is my favorite show and they are all great people ❤️— leo🇮🇹 (@leo🇮🇹)1565792318.0
And this user expressed how upset they would be if they canceled the show.
That's a loyal fanbase.
I don’t watch a lot of tv, let alone reality tv, but I absolutely love Chrisley Knows Best and if they cancel that show I’ll be so upset.— Cat (@Cat)1565779175.0
But in spite of his appearances, Chrisley actually had a surprisingly dark past.There are a lot of secrets we imagine Chrisley would like to keep hidden.
But there are no secrets on the internet!
via: Getty ImagesSo let's count down through all of Todd Chrisley's most sinister skeletons...
Like, did you know he's involved in an ongoing tax evasion case?
via: Getty ImagesChrisley and his wife have been charged with multiple offenses including conspiracy, bank fraud, wire fraud, and tax evasion. Yikes.
The Attorney's Office has claimed that the pair have defrauded banks...
via: Getty ImagesAnd this is what allowed them to obtain millions in loans to spend frivolously. They have also claimed that the couple have cheated taxpayers by avoiding federal taxes on the money they earned.
The prosecutors have traced evidence all the way back to 2007...Throughout their careers, they have been fabricating documents and also providing false information to firms and banks in order to receive large sums of money.
These funds were then blown on their lavish lifestyles...And it seems like people had been noticing this for a while now...
Apparently, the family were spending thousands just on clothes!
It's no wonder that they needed so many loans!
I’m re-watching Chrisley Knows Best...and yeah Todd, y’all was spending $400k on clothes every year smh. The show h… https://t.co/q6w4ikgZZA— Aspen (@Aspen)1565787977.0
People have quickly turned on the reality stars upon hearing the news...That's a good name suggestion for the next season if it doesn't get canceled...
We agree, it's pretty risky business...
It can only go downhill from here...
@yashar How do you even attempt to pull that off when you have a successful tv show? Why would you take that risk?— Sean Bakke (@Sean Bakke)1565732407.0
However, Todd denied everything, saying that he's being set-up.In a lengthy Instagram post, which weirdly featured a nice ol' promo picture of the family, the reality star decided to explain himself and the story sounds like a storyline from one of their episodes, to be honest. But regardless, he denied all of the allegations.
Apparently, he and his family are being targeted by a former employee of theirs.According to his side of the story, an ex-employee, who he did not name in the post, is out to destroy the family and everything they have in retaliation to being caught stealing from them. He writes: "We fired the guy and took him to court and that's when the real trouble started."
So it looks like they didn't take well to the termination...
And so the story unfolds...But, unbelievably, this is just a drop in the ocean in terms of Chrisley controversy ...
His financial woes don't end there.In fact, Chrisley actually filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in August 2012.
His debts reportedly totaled $49.4 million.Yikes.
And although he did claim to have come back from the brink ...His tax evasion accusation followed quickly.
Something else you may not know about Chrisley?His mysterious foray into the world of country music...
Chrisley actually reportedly signed to a record label back in 2016...But since then, things have been suspiciously quiet. What does it all mean??
Now, you may think the Chrisley family is close.But you'd actually be dead wrong.
In 2014, his eldest son Kyle spoke out against his father.In an interview with the Daily Mail, Kyle called Todd "bankrupt, toxic, and a snake."
The story gets even crazier...Kyle accused Todd of trying to gain custody of his daughter, Chloe.
The reason?Kyle believed Todd thought Chloe would boost viewership. What a mess!
And how did Todd respond to the claims?"Kyle is bipolar and normally, people that are bipolar, they seek out a way to self-medicate, which is what Kyle has done since he's been young," he told E! News.
Another ongoing Chrisley controversy?Those ongoing rumors about his sexuality, of course.
Now, there's nothing wrong with being gay, of course.It's the living a lie many people seem to take issue with.
In 2014, he hit back at the rumors."There's no coming out. What you see is what you get. I am what I am. Other people's opinions of me are just not my business," he said.
He's even hit back at questions about coming out of the closet on Twitter...In a now-deleted Tweet, he said, "I don't live in a closet, but if you'd like me to escort you out of yours I'm happy to do so." Miaow!
But nevertheless, the rumors persist.Not helped by the incendiary input of Todd's own son Kyle!
"I used to work with him at Chrisley Asset Management. If one of the asset managers was going to take a p**s, he would say, 'You want me to come hold it for you?'" Kyle claimed."If the money wasn't there, [Julie] would have been gone a long time ago," Kyle finished.
This next secret might just be the darkest of all.Chrisley has been accused of domestic violence by his first wife, Teresa.
Teresa alleged Chrisley "wielded a knife and threatened to kill her.""I don't know how he'll function without his money. I think his control mechanisms drive him and if there's something he can't control ... I'd be fearful for him and of him."
Now, shall we get back to the controversy with Chrisley's granddaughter, Chloe?She was the subject of a messy custody battle between Todd and Kyle, which Kyle eventually won.
And viewers of the show will have noticed, Chloe then vanished from view.The reason?
Todd did not want to pay Kyle."Kyle wanted to get paid or he was threatening to sue the network. There was no other choice than to pull her from the show. At the end of the day, we had to do what was best for Chloe. We did not want to drag her through all this and there was no way that we were going to pay Kyle a penny," he explained.
The whole Chrisley family is pretty messy.Another prime example? Todd has been blackmailed and extorted by sister-in-law Pamela.
She was trying to get hush money out of Chrisley for a mysterious story she wanted to sell.But things didn't work out as planned.
Another Chrisley controversy?Many claim the reality show is not as real as it seems.
Kyle has made many claims the show is fake and scripted.And honestly, the dichotomy between Todd's onscreen and offscreen presence does seem to speak volumes...
Now, we know things aren't great between Todd and son Kyle.But it seems his relationship with daughter Lindsie is equally rocky.
She left the show in 2017, and there was a big reason as to why.A source has claimed she was disgusted at her dad trying to turn her divorce into a storyline.
"Todd used Lindsie's heartache for a storyline, and he did not care either way how she felt about it.""He did what he wanted to do, and in the end it ruined his relationship with his daughter."
And if you thought that was dark, it gets worse.In 2019, Lindsie accused her dad of being part of a plot to extort her.
Lindsie claimed her father was threatening to release her sex tape.Although, unsurprisingly, Todd has denied any involvement.
"It's heartbreaking and shameful that these kinds of accusations have to be aired in public.""We have tried to keep Lindsie's extramarital relationships with Robby Hayes and Josh Murray private for her sake since August of 2016," he told People.
And just when you thought Todd had at least one happy relationship ...Doubt has also been cast on how things between him and his wife, Julie.
It's been alleged that their relationship is completely fake."It is hard for anyone who works with Todd or Julie to believe that their marriage is authentic," a source told Radar Online.
"It's made for TV.""They do not display the same level of affection and love towards each other off-camera as they do when they are filming."
And the idea that Julie is a hardworking housewife?That's also reportedly false!
Another construction for the reality show, perhaps?"They have a team of people underneath them at this point so in reality neither one of them have to lift a finger when it comes to housekeeping."
Yes, it seems there's a lot more to Todd Chrisley than meets the eye.And the internet has had a lot to say about it!
Todd Chrisley is shitty ass Dad...... 😩— Porsha 8.24 (@Porsha 8.24)1601094085.0
@KailLowry Is Todd Chrisley.... you know .... https://t.co/qInubMWEu1— RealiTrashPanda (@RealiTrashPanda)1601240938.0
Todd Chrisley was charged W/ tax evasion and the media hushed it real quick. Nothing happened to him https://t.co/caYRcP3kKJ— sosa (@sosa)1601270070.0
Watching Todd Chrisley’s mom call him a ‘snitch bitch’ just added 10 yrs to my life. 🤣😭 https://t.co/5R0ffkXoMU— SuSu (@SuSu)1601117001.0
Remember that one time when Todd Chrisley blocked me on Twitter? https://t.co/Q6tSXnkUpP— Jay Michaels™ (@Jay Michaels™)1600951346.0
@i_heart_kafka @WhatCrappens I mean...Todd Chrisley wears skinny jeans and hoodies and he’s a senior citizen so... 🤷🏼♀️— Lindsay Rae 🌞🌛💫 (@Lindsay Rae 🌞🌛💫)1601272332.0
thinking about how y’all still fight over a show made in 2009 by a borderline todd chrisley who can’t write sapphic… https://t.co/L93b3JkpDK— monica (@monica)1600752798.0
There is truly no one as repulsive as Todd Chrisley, what a dick.— Dguid (@Dguid)1600833355.0
Im not calling Todd chrisley gay but he’s feminine asf .... ion see how his wife don’t see it— G (@G)1601082769.0
@toddchrisley Todd your show is nice but you need to chill out! Everything with you has to be a competition or over… https://t.co/qTl5rvvDnx— Josie (@Josie)1600979575.0