Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Frankie Grande to Stay on Big Brother 16 - After Hearing of his Grandfather's Passing

Frankie's Grandfather (Frank), Frankie, Frankie's Mother, Frankie's Grandmother
[Source: @FrankieJGrande Instagram]
Earlier this morning we reported that houseguest Frankie, brother of pop star Ariana Grande, grandfather had passed away Tuesday. His sister, Ariana, sent out a series of tweets thanking fans for their support during this time.

Ariana address wither Frankie would be pulled from the game with this tweet, (which has since been
"Asked grandps last week if he wanted us to pull Frankie off bb & he said, 'No way! He's gotta play the game even though I don't understand it"
Speculation had begun all day if producers of the show would tell Frankie of his grandfather's passing. At first it seemed like they wouldn't to respect the wishes of the family.

However, on the Big Brother Live Feeds at 4:58 BBT,  Frankie
informed the houseguests that he received word from his family (via a letter) of his grandfather's passing. All the houseguest, minus Caleb who was sleeping, gathered around Frankie for support as he reminisced of his grandpa Frank.

Frankie has decided to remain IN the game based on his family's wishes.

It's unknown at this time if tomorrows live show will address this as usually the outside world is off limits but it's assumed BB will make a exception and air it because it could have affects on Frankie and his game later down the road.

Frankie with his Grandfather [Source: @FrankieJGrande Instagram]

The letter Frankie received from his family:
My dearest Frankie,

We love and miss you so much. I’m sitting here with Nona, Ari, and your cousin. and are so sad to tell you, that Grandpa lost his battle with cancer. Although it is so difficult, we thought it would be the right thing to tell you. We love you so much and want you to know that grandpa specifically, a few days ago said, that if anything were to happen he wanted you to know how proud he is of you and is rooting for you to win. Even though he had no idea what was going on on the show, he was watching just for you - live feeds and all. 

He also insisted that what ever happened he didn’t want to interfere with this opportunity for you. All of us are here strongly supporting you and encouraging you to stay in the game and work hard like grandpa did his whole life and as grandpa wanted you to he said so himself. Please don’t think about coming home. Think of how much grandpa wanted you to stay. He is watching you from heaven, and I’m sure that’s better than any live feed we’ve got. 

Be strong, as he would be and smile, because he deserves to be celebrated. Take your time, take deep breaths. We love you endlessly and are staying strong over here. We are waiting for you to have a celebrating of his life when we are together in person at the end of September. We love you so much, and want to hug you.

I Love You,

P.S. The four of us just took 40 minutes fighting over whether or not to tell you we want to hug you because we don’t want to tempt you to come home. Stay. Be strong.

[Transcribed by The Big Brother Insider (Please ask before redistributing or copying)]

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Grande family through this difficult time.

1 comment:

  1. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your grandfather, Frankie. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your fsmily at this time of sorrow.
    Lynda Rogers


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