Savannah Chrisley Shares Why It’s “Tough” Having Custody of Brother Grayson and Niece Chloe

Savannah Chrisley, who assumed guardianship of her 17-year-old brother Grayson and 10-year-old niece Chloe after her parents' conviction, is reflecting on the reality of her "tough" new role.

By Kisha Forde Oct 09, 2023 5:00 PMTags
Watch: Grayson Chrisley Gets Real About Todd & Julie's Prison Sentences

Savannah Chrisley is opening up about her new normal.
The 26-year-old, who gained custody of her brother Grayson, 17, and her niece Chloe, 10, amid her parents Todd Chrisley and Julie Chrisley's prison sentences, is reflecting on her new role—including the guilt that she now faces not being there every step of the way.
As Savannah—who appears in season two of Fox's Special Forces: World's Toughest Test—explained, she chose to appear on the series for a familial reason.
"I think a big thing was this was the last show I watched with my parents before they left," she said in an exclusive clip from the show's upcoming Oct. 9 episode. "My mom watched it. She was like, ‘You could do that.'"
But the reality star's motivation behind signing up for the series doesn't make her absence from her younger siblings any easier.
"I have custody of my 10-year-old sister and my 17-year-old brother," Savannah—whose niece was adopted by her parents in 2017—continued. "It's tough and I missed the first Father's Day. I'm not there and that's what sucks, not having that contact while I've been gone."

Savannah Chrisley's Faith Over Fear Line

As the Chrisley Knows Best alum would later explain to her fellow castmates Jack Osbourne and Bode Miller, this past year been a challenging one for her family.

"With all due respect, you don't know what it feels like to have both your parents in federal prison and having to take custody of a 10-year-old and 17-year-old, that's the thing," she noted. "I feel like s--t for not being there. I think just for the first time in my life, I actually love two people more than I love myself."

Earlier this year, Savannah shared she was facing the "anger part of grief" after Todd and Julie, who were convicted of bank and tax fraud, were sentenced serve seven and 12 years in prison respectively. The pair, whose sentences have since been reduced, had pleaded not guilty to all charges and have vowed to appeal.

And for her part, Savannah is currently focused on doing "anything" for Grayson and Chloe as their guardian.

"I try to be a good adult figure in their life," she said during a May episode of her Unlocked podcast, "but it's really hard being 25 and having two kids and trying to figure out what's best for them because normally you get to grow from one to two to three to four, like, you get to grow through the ages. And now, I'm just being like thrown into it. And my life, it really is being put on hold."

However, Savannah has also found the silver lining in having to help raise her siblings.

"Being a bonus parent is TOUGH," she captioned a July Instagram post of the trio, "no one could ever add up to their parents. But these kiddos have shown me so much love, patience, grace, understanding, and appreciation! Helping to raise these two kiddos is the hardest but most rewarding job I will ever have."

New episodes of Special Forces: World's Toughest Test debut every Monday at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT on Fox.

Keep reading for a look at their family photos.

Couple Portrait

Chrisley Knows Best stars Julie Chrisley and Todd Chrisley smiled for a professional photo together in 2016.

Cast Photo

Todd and Julie were pictured along with Faye Chrisley, Chase Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley, Chloe Chrisley and Grayson Chrisley ahead of season eight of their reality show.

Beverly Hills Outing

The spouses attended the 2014 Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. in 2014. 

Academy of Country Music Awards

The pair hit the red carpet for the 2017 Academy Of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.

The Concert For Love And Acceptance

Lindsie Chrisley—whose parents are Todd and Teresa Terry—joined her dad, Savannah and Julie at the 2015 Concert For Love And Acceptance at City Winery Nashville.

Sibling Bond

Savannah and Chase snapped a pic together in 2019 for E! News' Daily Pop.

Chrisley Knows Best

The couple appeared with granddaughter Chloe, who they adopted, on the "Build A Baby" episode in 2020.

Hollywood Game Night

Todd and Julie appeared with their daughter Savannah on Hollywood Game Night in 2018 for the "Chrisley's Believe It Or Not" episode.

Father-Daughter Date

The real estate mogul and his daughter were among the stars at the 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.

New York Event

Todd and Julie kept their kids Savannah and Chase close at the 2015 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfront in New York City.

Nashville Night Out

Todd and Julie were spotted at the 2019 grand opening of E3 Chophouse Nashville in Nashville, Tenn.

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