Todd Chrisley has been labeled spiteful and cunning by his eldest child Kyle Chrisley. Todd had guardianship of him, and the subject is relatively sensitive for Kyle as his father was also granted full custody of his daughter.
Todd Chrisley was called vindictive and manipulative by his son Kyle Chrisley who was under his guardianship for over six years. Kyle, 30, got candid about the custody back in 2014.
“Five years ago, he took out a legal guardianship on me. And five years ago, I do believe that if he wouldn’t have got it, I would probably be in the ground by now because I was that bad on drugs," he explained at the time.
Reality star Todd Chrisley visits Hollywood Today Live at W Hollywood on February 24, 2017 in Hollywood, California | Photo: Getty Images
He shared that he weighed 130lbs and went on to weigh 180lbs adding, “I looked like I was starving. I could have died plenty of times.”
However, Kyle was skeptical of the judge passing down the judgment of his guardianship to his father and said, "I don't see how any judge could have signed off on the guardianship that he got."
The father of one added because he was 18 years old at the time, he said the judgment should have been a medical guardianship reserved for when he got back to his addiction or experienced mental health issues.
"But no, he got guardianship, and every box you can mark he marked it. Can't sign a legal document, can't contract to get married, can't do this, can't do that."
According to Kyle, his dad took advantage of the guardianship that he had over him only because he could do whatever “genuine concern” he may have had for his safety to merely ensure that he recovered and was able to move on. He said:
"My dad is all about control. He's vindictive and manipulative. He's a snake, and if there's a snake in the grass, you don't know, but he'll bite you when you go by."
Todd, 52, first obtained guardianship over Kyle in 2009, and it officially ended in October 2015. Documents filed at the time revealed that the court found that Kyle was "no longer in need of guardianship."
Todd and Kyle have had a strained relationship, and the "Chrisley Knows Best” star previously spoke about his son’s bipolar disorder. In May 2014, an arrest was issued for Kyle over an alleged altercation with the mother of his child, Angela Johnson.
Kyle allegedly “struck Johnson” and threatened her sister with a knife. He also threatened to kidnap his daughter and was branded as a deadbeat dad by Johnson.
“He has his struggles. As a family, we all continue to lift him,” Todd told People in October 2014. He now cares for Kyle’s 8-year-old daughter Chloe full-time with his wife, Julie Chrisley.
The couple took Chloe under their wing in 2014 while Kyle dealt with his long battle with drug addiction. In May 2019, TMZ reported that Kyle was arrested in Oklahoma on felony charges for possession of methamphetamine and got booked into Okmulgee County Jail.
The former reality star had also been previously apprehended and charged with assault one year after his daughter’s birth, who was born in 2012.
Todd and Johnson were then granted shared custody. However, it all changed when she was arrested for allegedly claiming her child as a dependent in an attempt to defraud Medicaid and food stamps in 2016, which granted Todd full custody of his granddaughter.
In July 2020, Kyle was reunited with his baby girl as he took to social media to share an adorable photo of him and his estranged daughter, Chloe.
He gushed over her while noting, "Isn't she the cutest thing you've ever seen?" Fans took to the comments section, praised him, and mentioned how much he looks like his child.
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