Did Frankie Grande just cost himself the “Big Brother” game? The YouTube personality and current houseguest on the 16th season of the CBS reality series finally spilled the beans about his famous sister, and, as expected, the reaction was mixed. On Saturday, MTV revealed how it all went down when Grande finally broke down and told his roomies that he’s the brother of pop superstar Ariana Grande.
“I have been lying to you all the entire game. I’m not who I said I was,” Grande told his housemates of his secret. “My name is Frankie J. Grande. I have been hiding this secret every day and it has been eating my soul every day.”
After revealing that his sister is one of the biggest pop stars on the planet right now, Grande tried to downplay his eight-week-long secret and solidify his chances at winning the half million dollar “Big Brother” prize by saying he’s actually “playing for charity” and revealing that he plans to build schools in Africa if he wins.
Zap 2 It cried foul on that one. In a pre-season interview, Grande told the celeb gossip sited he was playing “Big Brother” to win the money because being Ariana Grande's brother does not make him rich. "She doesn't give me a check, I don't get her money," he said at the time.
As for the houseguests’ reactions to Frankie’s news, Victoria, an Ariana Grande superfan, was reportedly star struck, while Caleb seemed to be hoping Frankie’s connections could help his music career. A few of the other cast members, like Derrick and Cody, seemed unfazed by Frankie’s famous sibling.
Meanwhile, Ariana Grande gave her brother’s bold move thumbs up on Twitter. After learning of his confession via the live feeds, she tweeted: "Frankie might've just saved his game tonight!!! werrk @FrankieJGrande! told his whole truth & apologized for playing dirty like a man. proud."
Last Thursday, the pop singer was spotted in the “Big Brother” audience for the live double eviction, and after the show Us Weekly posted a pic of a selfie she took with host Julie Chen. But depending on how this week goes, producers may need to reserve her another seat in the audience really soon. You know, in case Frankie is evicted.
The next episode of “Big Brother” airs on Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS.