Julie Chrisley is a popular reality television personality who shot to fame after her appearance on the USA Network series ‘Chrisley Knows Best’ along with her husband, Todd, and their children. The series, which revolves around the lives of wealthy Georgia real estate mogul, Todd Chrisley, and his family, brought all the members of the family considerable fame. Julie, as the matriarch of the prosperous and happy family, is one of the most loved members of the show. Pleasantly plump with a ready smile and a maternal demeanor, she is regarded a role model by many wives and mothers in the American society. Always well-groomed and elegantly dressed, she has the aura of a happy and fulfilled woman who seems to have it all: name, fame, wealth, happy children, and a devoted soul mate for a husband. However, the reality star’s life is not all peaches and roses; she is a breast cancer survivor. In 2012, she was diagnosed with the dreaded disease and chose to undergo radical surgery. As a popular personality, she speaks openly about her cancer battle and subsequent recovery in order to support and motivate other women fighting the same disease.
The Meteoric Rise to Stardom
While Julie Chrisley was living a charmed life as the wife of the wealthy real estate mogul Todd Chrisley and the mother of his three children, she achieved mainstream popularity only after the reality show ‘Chrisley Knows Best’ began to air. As the matriarch of the Chrisley family, she was introduced to the audience as a devoted wife, committed mother, and a responsible member of the society. Good-looking with soft facial features and platinum-blonde hair, she epitomizes the ideal image of a middle-aged American wife and mother. Add to this her endearing personality and the ability to efficiently manage the family even through stressful situations. When Julie was diagnosed with cancer, she chose to share her story with the audiences in order to encourage other women battling the same dreaded disease. Her courage in sharing such personal details with the viewers earned her the respect and appreciation of her fans.
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Controversies & Scandals
There are several controversies surrounding Julie Chrisley. It is often alleged that she lied about her background and early life. On the show ‘Chrisley Knows Best,’ she had claimed to have won the title of Miss South Carolina in her teenage years. However, this claim was later found to be false. Also, she is believed to have become involved with Todd Chrisley while he was married to someone else. Thus several of her detractors accuse her of being a home-breaker. Some online sources also state that Julie had given birth to two children out of wedlock; however there are no credible proofs to validate these claims.
Julie Chrisley was born as Julie Hughes in South Carolina on January 9, 1973. Not much is known about her early life though it is known that she hails from a humble background and grew up in a trailer. It is believed that she became romantically involved with Todd Chrisley while he was still married to another woman. Following his divorce, he married Julie. Todd and Julie have three children together, in addition to the two children Todd has from his previous marriage.
The reality star got the shock of her life when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. She underwent a mastectomy that fortunately cured the disease. Cancer-free now, she devotes a part of her time to raising awareness about breast cancer and supporting women battling the disease. She also regularly participates in the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure that is dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer.