Fans of summer reality competition Big Brother have experienced their fair share of insufferable houseguests, ranging from the extremely racist to the extremely homophobic, but this year’s Big Brother 16 cast is a refreshing departure from that kind negativity.
It’s been less than two weeks since Big Brother‘s June premiere, and fans are already hailing it as the most gay-friendly and inclusive season yet. With as little fanfare as possible, gay houseguest Frankie Grande (the half-brother of pop star Ariana Grande) has managed to form incredibly intimate physical and emotional relationships with at least three straight male houseguests.
Sure, there have been hints of gay/straight showmances during previous seasons (remember Spandy last year?), but this is the first time a gay man has ignited a legit showmance that includes intimate physical interactions with a straight man.
Fans tuned into the 24-hour live feeds have already adopted the portmanteau “Zankie” for Frankie and Zach Rance, the 23-year-old straight houseguest that routinely romances and cuddles with Frankie. It’s worth noting that Caleb Reynolds, the alleged homophobic houseguest, and former underwear model Cody Calafiore also share close physical relationships with Frankie — they often cuddle with him, play with his ass (yes, they fondle, grope, and shove their hands between his cheeks), and spoon him throughout the night.
In an episode that aired Sunday, the “Zankie” showmance was revealed to a national audience for the first time. “I am not gay, but the bond that Frankie and I have is so genuine and sincere that I truly feel like he is my boyfriend,” Zach confessed. “I like gay people. I’m straight and I only date women, but Frankie is just one of the greatest people I’ve ever met.”
Cody chimes in the same segment, telling houseguest Brittany Martinez that “they were cuddling in the bed last night, I was laying next to them, and I swear to god I thought they were going to make out.”
As an avid Big Brother superfan and dedicated live feed viewer, I can also reveal that there are currently three condoms missing from the house’s storage room. Rumors have begun swirling around the house that Zach and Frankie could have possibly used them for a passionate parting love session this week, as Zach is up on the block and eligible for eviction on Thursday.
Check out the segment in full below, as well as some highlights of Frankie’s same-sex relationships with the other male houseguests: