Todd Chrisley and Julie Chrisley said they’re living “every day” like it’s their “last” after being slapped with a combined 19-year prison sentence.
The pair spoke out for the first time since learning their legal fate on Nov. 21, telling podcast listeners Wednesday that they are relying on faith to get them through.
“Age is just a number, and since we don’t know our death date, we have to live every day as if it’s our last,” Julie said on “Chrisley Confessions,” reading a quote from author Priscilla Shirer.
“Yesterday doesn’t matter. Today is what we have,” Todd agreed. “Tomorrow belongs to God because we’re not promised tomorrow.”
The former “Chrisley Knows Best” stars, who were found guilty of tax evasion and bank fraud in June, said they’re leaning on a higher power and thinking of their children as they move forward.
“The difficulties I’m going through, how I handle it — they’re watching that as well,” Julie, 49, said of her kids. “If I handle it right, they’re watching; if I screw it up, they’re watching. And so for me as a parent, I want to try to make sure that I do it right more than I do it wrong because I know they’re watching, and I know it will prepare them for difficulties, unfortunately, that they will have later in life.”
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Despite trying to remain good role models for their family, Todd, 53, admitted they’ve “fallen short” recently.
“You have to live above your circumstances, you have to know that your circumstances are not forever, that they will eventually change and you’re going to come out the other side, and that you’re going to be given the strength you need to get through it,” Julie added.
“But that’s sometimes hard to accept, I think, when you don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Todd added that he and his wife have chosen to “get up” amid their “dark days.”
Previously, Julie said on her daughter Savannah Chrisley’s podcast that she never “intentionally tried” to do anything wrong.
“I know what I’ve done,” she said. “More important, I know what I haven’t done.”
The Chrisleys plan to appeal their sentences, which include probation time and having to pay more than $17 million in restitution.