Todd and Julie Chrisley spoke about “living in a nightmare” and regretting their fame in an episode of their podcast, “Chrisley Confessions,” recorded shortly before they were sentenced to 19 years in prison.
The episode was released on Wednesday, two days after the husband and wife were found guilty of fraud in federal court in Atlanta. The “Chrisley Knows Best” stars shared their feelings about the sentencing for the first time since their conviction in June, and said they would use God’s guidance to get them through.
Jolie began the episode before explaining that she was focusing on “not living in fear”: “Everyone knows we’re living a nightmare.”
She continued, “It’s something I struggle with deeply because I feel like I live in fear,” noting that while she believes “God can work miracles” and “He will take care of my family,” she still fears the future.
Jolie added, “I know that if I died today, I know where I would go, but I still have this fear.”
The couple then went on to compare their legal problems to the lessons God gave His prophets and said they use Bible verses to guide them.
“God needed to strip Job of his place to take him to the place he needed to be, and that is probably where we are now. We need to be stripped of our job so that we can move to the next level to fulfill what our true destiny is,” said Julie.
Todd agreed, adding, “Okay. And let’s get back to God building you up, breaking you down, and blessing you. Function stripped away, so it was already built, then broken down, and then blessed.”
Julie replied, “I’m thinking about it.” “God took his wife and children and everything and did not lose his faith.”
In the episode, the couple also lamented about being “taken on a public platform” via their reality TV show that ran for nine seasons on USA Network.
“We were living a very nice life, but I didn’t want to continue living once we got to it,” Todd said.
“I didn’t like the lack of privacy. I didn’t like people knocking on our doors at night. I didn’t like people chasing us down the highway trying to get our pictures because they see us in the car,” he continued. “You know the issues I have with that and the anxiety I have about that.”
He added, “99% of the population looks at it and thinks, ‘Well, they just won the lottery,’ but they have no idea what the price of that is.”
The couple began appearing on the reality show USA, which follows the daily lives of their extended family, in 2014.
According to Deadline, the series and spin-off “Growing Up Chrisley,” which followed kids Chase and Savannah as they embrace adulthood, has now been canceled.
On Monday, Todd has sentenced to 12 years and 16 months probation, while Jolie was sentenced to seven years and 16 months probation.
The Chrisleys were found guilty of defrauding banks out of more than $30 million by providing false financial statements making it look like they were wealthier than they were. Peter Tarantino, their accountant, was sentenced to 36 months in prison for his part in the scheme.