Who Is Julie Chrisley’s First Husband Kenneth Wayne Childress?

Julie Chrisley and her husband Todd Chrisley were relatively unknown until they landed their reality show. Chrisley Knows Best has been on the air since 2014, but it feels like we’ve known the Chrisley clan for a lot longer. While Todd and Julie are typically the main stars of the show, their children — Savannah Chrisley, Chase Chrisley, and Grayson Chrisley — have also gained a lot of notoriety through the show. There’s also Todd’s daughter from a previous marriage, Lindsi Chrisley, who left the series in 2017 but continues to keep fans updated via social media.

Thanks to her playful banter, Julie and Todd’s wedding is one of the highlights of Chrisley Knows Best. The couple’s relationship stood the test of time when they wed in 1996, according to Us Weekly. On an episode of the Chrisley Confessions podcast, Todd recalled the moment he first saw Julie at a party. “She walked into my friend’s house, and it was in the winter months, and I remember when she walked in and she smiled, I was like, ‘She has the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen,'” he shared with Insider adding that Julie really “touched” his soul.

The couple weathered some tough storms during their marriage, including Julie’s battle with breast cancer. After undergoing a double mastectomy, Julie told People the post-op moment when Todd helped her shower was a turning point. “I really think that moment took our relationship to a whole different level because he never flinched,” she said. After all this, can you believe Julie was actually married before Todd?

Julie Chrisley was first married to Kenneth Wayne Childress

It’s hard to imagine a time when Julie Chrisley and husband Todd Chrisley weren’t together — but a long time ago when they were. Long before Julie reached superstar status, her life was completely different. According to Life & Style magazine, Julie got married when she was just 18. The outlet reports that the reality star married Kenneth Wayne Childress in South Carolina in 1991. They divorced a few years later, although the exact details of the split are unknown. Julie’s former sister-in-law told Radar Online that “Kenny and Julie were high school sweethearts,” and she also accused Julie of still being with Childress when she first started dating Todd.

Childress had a very different career from Julie’s second husband; He worked as a pipe fitter in the construction industry. Julie and her first husband had no children together. According to Childress’ obituary, he died in 2012, suggesting his death was related to heart complications. The obituary also confirms that he died in his home state of South Carolina. It doesn’t appear that Childress has any children of her own, but the obituary lists several other family members, including nieces and nephews.

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Todd and Julie Chrisley face jail time

Todd Chrisley and Julie Chrisley have found themselves on the wrong side of the headlines in recent years. In 2019, USA Today reported the couple were in trouble after a federal court accused them of tax evasion. Todd blamed a staffer for the legal troubles in an Instagram post and claimed he and Julie were innocent. However, in June 2022, a jury found the couple guilty of bank fraud and tax evasion — with Julie also being found guilty of wire fraud and obstruction of justice — after they defrauded small banks of $30 million, according to The Washington Post. The charges could get them up to 30 years behind bars; a sentencing date is set for October 6.

Todd and Julie spoke about the legal troubles during a June 29, 2022 episode of their “Chrisley Confessions” podcast. To which Todd revealed that the public drama had brought them closer. “I feel like my marriage — personally, internally — is the strongest I’ve ever experienced,” he shared. “For the first time in my life, I feel like my marriage is feeding a part of me that I didn’t even know was starving.” Julie echoed the same sentiments. “It was you and me against the world of how I feel. I think for both of us, this situation, our current stage of life, showed us that it’s not just about what you and I and our plan are,” added Julie, saying it was “God’s plan”.

A lot has changed in Julie’s life, for better or for worse, since her marriage to Kenneth Wayne Childress.