In the midst on ongoing family and legal drama, Todd Chrisley did not hold back in an episode of his Chrisley Confessions podcast that was released this week. In the episode, he was joined by his once-estranged son, Kyle Chrisley, and together the father and son discussed the latter's longtime substance abuse and mental health issues.
The Chrisley Knows Best patriarch opened up about all the extremes he's gone to over the years to keep an eye on his son, especially when they were estranged. He revealed while Kyle was working for UPS (he later lost his job at UPS because of drug use after about four years) Todd took a certain step to keep an eye on his son.
"But what Kyle did not know in those three and a half years that he later found out is, was I really that far away?" Todd said. "Folks, I hired a private investigator to watch him every week and send me photographs of my son in his uniform looking so handsome. I was so proud, just to make sure that my child was OK."
Todd then had a message for anyone who thought that he was not in contact with his son during that time, adding, "I don't owe you an explanation."
Todd has tried many ways to keep his son clean when he knew he was using. He recalled a time when "[Kyle] was buying drugs at a Chevron station... and you know how these doors automatically open when you walk up to them, I pulled my car right in front where they'd open wide open and went in" and confronted the dealer. He said he later called the cops and had them "swarm the place" after Kyle chastised him for confronting his dealers.
During the podcast, they also addressed how Kyle's ex-wife, Lexi, at one point publicly accused Todd of being gay in the tabloids, a rumor that later followed the reality star for some time. The claim made by Kyle's ex was that Todd was gay and sleeping with male doctors to get his son a bipolar diagnosis. Well, Todd, in his signature style, cracked a joke about that rumor: "That's some good dick, y'all."
To this day, Todd and wife Julie Chrisley care for Kyle's daughter, Chloe. They said Chloe considers both men to be fathers to her.
Kyle was recently hospitalized and has fought suicidal tendencies but seems to be on the mend. He has a new relationship and a new job — and this message of support from Todd: "Folks, you can run away from your family, but your family's always going to be in the same spot that they're always going to be in. I am in the same spot when you walked away."