Flamboyant Broadway star Frankie Grande,31, is paving his way through the world of entertainment. Although he’s the half brother of pop singer Ariana Grande,21, he has his own accomplishments to be proud of. Grande and his younger half sister, share the same mother, Joan Grande, his father is a doctor. He was born in New York City, but at 10 moved to Boca Raton, Florida, when his mother married for a second time. She married Edward Butera, Ariana’s father. The two grew up in Florida, until Frankie moved to Pennsylvania to attend college. He graduated from Muhlenberg College in 2005, with a triple major.
He’s been paving his way as an entertainer of the stage for the last 7 years with is first prominent role in a touring rendition of ‘Dora The Explora Live’, when he played Boots the monkey. He then was cast on Broadway in the play ‘Mamma Mia’ also in 2007. He has become a star on the internet with his own YouTube channel that he started in 2012, it regularly draws a huge audience with over 200,000 subscribers and a throng of devoted fans that follow him on Instagram and Twitter.
He has several philanthropic pursuits including a non-profit called ‘Broadway in South Africa. It’s a group of entertainers that go to underdeveloped communities in South Africa and build homes. He traveled to Malawi in 2012 to help with efforts to build a school there, he has also personally worked with disadvantaged youths in the region. Grande is currently performing on Broadway in the play’ Rock of Ages’. Grande caused a bit of a stir over the weekend when he hosted the Red Carpet at the American Music Awards. Grande appeared with a painted on shirt, and some gave him cheers for his daring ‘outfit’ others said it was in poor taste.
Nevertheless Grande makes no apologies for his sometimes ‘in your face antics’. Grande also appeared on the reality show, ‘Big Brother’ season 16. He told Rachel Riley and Ryan Carrillo when discussing his strategy for the show, that he didn’t want the other contestants to “hold anything against him, regarding who he is. If they don’t recognize me, I’m going to be like everyone’s best friend” Derrick was crowned the winner on that season, and got the half million dollar prize. Grande appeared on the CBS show ‘The Talk’ with Derrick to discuss his experience on the show. Host Julie Chen said Grande made headlines for his super sized personality. Grande was locked away from society for more then a hundred days. Derrick said, “Frankie’s weakness on the show was his pride he wanted to win.” Grande who is openly gay, spoke about his on camera relationship with Zach on Big Brother. He said “If he were to come out of the closet and propose he would except.” Frankie shocked the house said Sharon Osborne when he came out in the house and told everyone who his sister was. Derrick said at first he didn’t know who Ariana was, when he figured it out, he still wanted to beat Frankie and he did!