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Frankie Grande joins CBB: Remembering his Big Brother USA bromance

2016-07-29
Frankie Grande officially entered the Celebrity Big Brother house last night (July 28), confirming speculation that the brother of US pop starlet Ariana Grande would be gracing UK screens this summer. tumblr_inline_n8oj6kthfv1sja3ro The 33-year-old actor and television personality, who has performed in both Mamma Mia and Rock of Ages on Broadway, is sure to inject a little life into the house with his flamboyant personality. But he also brings what might possibly be an added advantage to the competition - he's already been in the Big Brother house. Frankie competed in the US version of the show back in 2014, where he lasted an impressive 11 weeks, eventually coming in fifth place. His time in the house notably saw him start up a seemingly unlikely friendship with jock housemate Zach Rance, with the pair's 'bromantic' behaviour proving sweetly uplifting viewing at the time. 78f595fa5293dce745a4296870c47307 Speaking about the pair's relationship after the show, Zach sad believed that the they had sent out a positive message. "The fact that I was cuddling with a gay guy, giving him a massage… you know, let’s be real - guys give other guys massages," he said. "It’s not a big deal. I don’t care that he was gay." 6a00d8341c730253ef01a511e93dc8970c He added that he felt like a "a kind of role model" for viewers who may have found such a close friendship between a gay and straight man odd. tumblr_n7z295LLPf1rzydvuo1_500 "We don’t know the impact it’s going to have on the world, but it’ll definitely be a positive one," he said. Frankie and Zach's friendship even got the younger Grande sibling talking, with Ariana pleading with Zach during the show's run to consider getting together with her brother. "Zach please don't be straight anymore. you're cure and I approve", the Dangerous Woman singer tweeted at the time. Frankie's time on Big Brother USA saw him win $20,000, but despite his relatively unknown status at the time, the actor decided to spend the money on building schools in Africa. So what can Celebrity Big Brother fans expect from the sweet-hearted star with a supersized personality? Well with over 400,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, he certainly knows a thing or two about keeping people entertained. We'll just have to keep watching to find out just how he'll win us over in the show. For now though, here's a look back at some of 'Zankie's best bits... Romance9 Romance-8 ZACK tumblr_n8217o56b81rzydvuo1_500 Romance-4 Romance-3 tumblr_n87a8uvts31qcslz7o8_250 Romance-2 Romance tumblr_n8w7leX4v01tg5quzo3_250-1 tumblr_n8w7leX4v01tg5quzo2_250 tumblr_n8w7leX4v01tg5quzo4_250 More stories: Homophobes are freaking out over this ad featuring a happy gay couple in bed 'Meeting Lance was a real turning point' - Tom Daley talks sexuality and sport with Attitude