Big Brother 16‘s token gay Frankie Grande may not have won the $500,000 prize on Wednesday’s finale, but according to him, he walked away from the season with something much more valuable: the love of a straight man.
Frankie first caught America’s attention as the brother of pop star Ariana Grande, and he first caught ours as one of the more insufferable houseguests we’ve ever seen. Thankfully, his time on the show changed —gasp — the way we thought about him.
With the help of straight-and-beautiful houseguests Cody Calafiore, Caleb Reynolds, and especially Zach Rance, Frankie helped Big Brother 16 become the most gay-friendly season in the franchise’s U.S. history, and in turn, one of the most unforgettable and entertaining.
His relationship with Zach received showmance status early on, and their physical intimacy captivated us until Zach’s premature departure from the house.
“I’m not gay,” Zach famously once said, “but the bond that Frankie and I have is so genuine and sincere that I truly feel like he is my boyfriend.”
Now that the season is over and houseguests are free to interact with the public and the media, Frankie told People in an exit interview that he “fell in love” with Zach this summer, and that he’d say ‘yes’ if Zach ever proposed:
The Zankie reality show should happen as soon as possible. I am just now seeing some of the footage and there is no doubt that we love each other. I felt it in the house but I didn’t realize how ridiculous it looks to everyone else because [we look like] we are a couple. It’s very strange. It’s unbelievable. I love Zach so much. I’ve already told him the answer is “yes” if he proposes. [laughs]
Get it, Frankie. The show may be over, but we’ll forever be #TeamZankie.
— Frankie James Grande (@FrankieJGrande) September 26, 2014
Check out the rest of Frankie’s interview over at People, and check out the very best of Zankie below: