Julie Chrisley is nervous about the future.
The “Chrisley Knows Best” star and her husband, Todd Chrisley, were sentenced to a combined 19 years in prison for fraud and tax evasion in November.
And just days before the pair is due to report to their respective Florida prisons on Jan. 17, Julie Chrisley listed her concerns over the new normal.
Speaking to her future daughter-in-law and son Chase Chrisley’s fiancée Emmy Medders on the latest Chrisley Confessions podcast, Julie Chrisley compared her situation to that of Medders’ mother, who is her husband’s full-time carer as he lives with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).
The couple’s prison sentences varied, with Todd getting hit with a longer sentence.FilmMagic
“There is that possibility of my husband and I being separated,” Julie Chrisley said. “But there’s a difference between my husband and I being separated for a period of time and having to say goodbye forever.”
“It almost makes me feel ashamed that I’m even worried. Unless the good Lord intervenes, [your mom is] going to have to say goodbye to her husband and she won’t see him again this side of heaven,” the 49-year-old added.
Julie Chrisley was sentenced to seven years in prison, while Todd Chrisley was given a heavier sentence of 12 years behind bars and 16 months of probation. She will also serve 16 months on probation once she is released from prison.
Emmy Medders and Chase Chrisley. Medders is the host of the podcast Chrisley Confessions.Instagram / Chase Chrisley
“I think it puts things into perspective for me because we all think our hard is the hardest thing. You’re entitled to feel how you feel,” she added.
In a desperate bid to cope with her new reality, Julie Chrisley said she’s shifting her focus on what lies ahead after her prison release.
Recalling a friend’s advice that “the tears that you shed are sewing the seeds for your future,” the reality TV star noted that the quote “has been such a source of strength for me because I have not typically been a crier and this whole experience has truly taken me to my knees.”
Todd Chrisley has not been as vocal about his upcoming prison sentence as his wife.NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via
Todd, for his part, remained somewhat tight-lipped about his future behind bars. Instead, he used his final days of freedom to shut down claims he’s gay and that he enjoyed a passionate affair with his former business associate, Mark Braddock during a recent episode of his “Chrisley Confessions” podcast.