Ariana Grande Ditched Catholicism for Her Gay Brother Frankie

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Pop princess Ariana Grande has a big "Problem" with the Catholic church's intolerance regarding gays, specifically when it comes to her out brother (and recent Big Brother cast member), Frankie Grande. In a recent interview with the Sunday Telegraph, Grande said that "when my brother was told that God didn’t love him I was like, ‘OK, that’s not cool'."

The Grande siblings have since traded in their rosaries for Kabbalah bracelets. They discovered their new spiritual practice (which famously includes other diva believers like Madonna and Britney) a few years back when checking out a Kabbalah center that had just opened near their home in Florida. Now the singer says it's the key to her success and sense of well-being. “Since then, my life has unfolded in a really beautiful way," she said. "I think that it has a lot to do with the tools I’ve learned through Kabbalah, I really do."

Grande has come to her older half-brother's defense before, notably when he was attacked by Internet trolls over his bad-boy role on Big Brother back in August. Frankie, a singer and showman in his own right, is set to make his Broadway debut next month as he joins the cast of the 80s jukebox musical Rock of Ages


  1. says

    Frankie was one of the most disliked peeps on Big Brother this summer. Not because he was gay but because he has such a big ego and “everything” is about HIM, HIM, HIM. Not that he’s done anything except live in his sister’s shadow. (I think the Zingbot said something to that affect.)

    Anyway, it’s great that Ariana picked her brother over the Catholic Church.

  2. Conor says

    I’m sure Arianna was a model Catholic. The kind that plop down for Mass on Christmas, Easter and Palm Sunday and then consider themselves “religious”. Please.

    You don’t have to buy into the homophobia pedaled by some in the church in order to be a Catholic. But I’m sure the homophobes would love it if they could drive all the gay Catholics out of the Church. A better course would be for gay Catholics to stay, be a witness, and work with Pope Francis to reform outdated homophobia within the Church.

  3. DrunkEnough says

    I love how this post is written to make it seem like only “Internet trolls” dislike Frankie. I think a wide swatch of the Big Brother viewing public found him a shrill, self-serving, egotistic, walking gay minstrel show.

  4. XEisob says

    This is when Towleroad is scrapping the bottom of the barrel for news. WHO GIVES A F? I live in SoCal…THE GIRL is an idiots and brat. You expect me to believe that she’s spiritual? ugh I’m angry at Towleroad for pulling sht like this. What about those posts about Models feelings, or Justin B…Kardashians? good god what a waste of space. I also could give a F about what the religious right is constantly saying on the radio about us. ANYWAYS…who cares about this trash?

  5. says


    You’re right. It wasn’t just a few people who hated Frankie. It was 99% of the Big Brother viewership. I was thrilled when Frankie lost fan favorite. Donnie so deserved it. Frankie wasn’t even in the top 3. That surely told him what America thought of him.

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