Savannah Chrisley says 16-year-old brother Grayson had a 'breakdown' after parents Todd and Julie reported to prison

Faye Chrisley, Chase Chrisley, Todd Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley, Chloe Chrisley, Julie Chrisley, Grayson Chrisley
The Chrisley family stars in "Chrisley Knows Best" and a spin-off of the show.Tommy Garcia/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
  • Todd and Julie Chrisley's son Grayson, 16, had a "breakdown" the week after they reported to prison.

  • Savannah Chrisley shared the update on her podcast. She also said Chloe, 10, is "missing her mom."

  • Savannah said she is "trying to stand strong" so "they feel comfortable enough to break down."

Todd and Julie Chrisley's 16-year-old son Grayson had a "breakdown" the week after they entered prison, and their adopted daughter, Chloe, 10, doesn't understand why they can't come home, according to their older sister — and now legal guardian — Savannah Chrisley.

Speaking on the latest episode of her podcast, "Unlocked with Savannah Chrisley," released Tuesday, the 25-year-old shared an update on how the family is doing two weeks after the reality TV couple started their prison sentences for bank fraud and tax evasion.

While Savannah admitted that she didn't feel she was doing an "adequate enough" job of caregiving for her younger siblings in her parents' absence, she said the two minors have been struggling too.

"Last night, Gray had a breakdown, and he's trying to process my parents and the situation that they're in and how that's not the image that he wants to have of them," she said.

She also said: "Grayson is 16 years old, there's so much growth going on with him right now, and it breaks my heart to know that my parents are missing out on that."

Savannah Chrisley, Chase Chrisley, Chloe Chrisley, Grayson Chrisley in an episode of "Chrisley Knows Best."
Savannah Chrisley, Chase Chrisley, Chloe Chrisley, Grayson Chrisley in an episode of "Chrisley Knows Best."USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

As for Chloe — Todd and Julie's biological granddaughter who they adopted in 2016 — Savannah said she is "trying to process them being gone and missing her mom."

Savannah recounted a recent incident when she was driving with Chloe in the car and was faced with inquiring questions from the pre-teen about why her parents had been taken away from her.

"She just said, 'Why? They're not bad people, they don't belong there. Why?'" Savannah recalled.

After encouraging her to pray so that God might "take our anger away and help us deal with our sadness a little better," she said Chloe broke down crying.

"She looked at me with tears just rolling down her face and said, 'Guess what? I pray all the time. I pray for mom and dad to get home, I pray all day and guess what, Sassy? Nothing happens, it doesn't work.'"

"And when a 10-year-old says that to you, how do you respond?" Savannah asked her listeners.

Reality TV personalities Julie Chrisley and Todd Chrisley in 2018.
Reality TV personalities Julie and Todd Chrisley in 2018.Paul Archuleta/Getty Images

"There are times when I feel that way too," she admitted tearfully. "I feel that I pray, and pray, and pray, and I'm waiting for a miracle to happen that just doesn't happen."

She added: "I'm trying to stand strong and not break and be strong for them, so they feel comfortable enough to break down, and it's tough."

Todd and Julie Chrisley were convicted in June of defrauding banks out of more than $30 million by providing fake financial statements to make them appear wealthier than they were.

Their sentences were announced in November. Todd, 53, who prosecutors called the "mastermind" of the couple's years-long tax and bank fraud scheme, was sentenced to 12 years at Federal Prison Camp Pensacola.

Julie, 50, who prosecutors believed played a lesser role, was sentenced to seven and reported to the Federal Medical Center (FMC) Lexington in Lexington, Kentucky. They began their sentences on January 17.

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