Becki Falwell, the wife of disgraced former Liberty University principal Jerry Falwell Jr., revealed in an in-depth interview published Monday that she used to make sex tapes with her much younger pool boy ex-lover, Giancarlo Granda.
“I had a big Canon camera. A couple of times I put it on the dresser and Giancarlo agreed,” Becki, 54, told Vanity Fair, claiming her husband was unaware that she and Granda, 30, filmed them.
Jerry’s tenure as president of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, came to an end last year after Granda’s revelations about the years-long affair.
Granda claimed Jerry enjoyed watching him have sex with Becki after they met in Miami in 2012 when Granda was 21. He even claimed they formed a “throuple” – a pair with a third person added.
Jerry, 57, denied it – but admitted to Vanity Fair that he once met Becki and Granda in bed and claimed he was “traumatized” by the sight of another man
Becki also claimed that Granda, a former Miami pool boy, pressured her into having sex in her daughter Caroline’s bed in 2017, long after the relationship ended.
“He said he wanted to have sex and I said, ‘No, no, no’. I always said no. I didn’t want to do it,” Becki said.
“But I was also scared to death of him because he still thought everything about me, so we had sex. He left and I went into the room and just cried.’
Becki Falwell (circled second from right), the wife of disgraced former Liberty University leader Jerry Falwell Jr. (right, circled) revealed in an interview published Monday that she had sex dates with her ex-lover Giancarlo Granda (circled second from left)
The Falwells met Giancarlo Granda, pictured in 2020, in 2012 when he was a 21-year-old pool boy. Jerry denies claims he enjoyed watching his wife have sex with the younger man – but has now claimed he once walked in on them together and was “traumatized” by what he saw
She said it took months to tell her husband Jerry Falwell Jr. and two attorneys about the “traumatic experience,” which she now believes may have been a form of assault.
‘I said no. Just because we’ve had sex before doesn’t mean he has a free pass on my body,” she told the magazine.
Granda declined Vanity Fair’s request for comment on the allegation, but issued a terse statement dismissing Becki’s claims.
He said his version of events would become clear in an upcoming book and Hulu series about his time with the couple.
However, Granda claims Jerry often enjoyed watching him have sex with his wife, an accusation the fallen TV preacher denies. However, Jerry recently admitted to stepping in on the couple.
“It was traumatizing,” he said, recalling catching them together in a Miami hotel room in the fall of 2013.
Granda also accused the Falwells of “grooming” him and claimed the three were a “throuple” — a claim the couple has denied. Additionally, Granda insists that Jerry watched him and Becki have their first intercourse, which took place in March 2012.
Jerry and Becki met Granda in March 2012 by the pool at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach
Jerry, one of the most influential right-wing Christian leaders in the United States, went public in 2020 about his wife’s infidelity.
He said the couple decided to go public with the affair as he claimed the pool boy blackmailed her for years for keeping the secret.
“Jerry woke up every morning worried that my affair would come out. We both have that,” Becki recalled. “It’s just horrible to have that over you.”
The Falwells met Granda by the pool at the Hotel Fontainebleau in Miami Beach in March 2012 and were reportedly so impressed with him that they invested in a gay hostel that he and their son ran as managers.
Grandpa and Becki’s affair is said to have started shortly thereafter and ended in 2014. Becki told the magazine she called it off because Granda had started a serious relationship with a friend.
“I felt guilty about it. I didn’t want to go on like this,” she said.
Jerry claims Granda then hatched a blackmail scheme and demanded $2 million to keep the affair a secret.
Becki claimed in 2017 that Granda pressured her to have sex in her daughter Caroline’s bed, even though the affair was over (pictured: Becki, Jerry and Caroline in August 2018)
When he went public with the affair two years ago, Jerry claimed the “threatening behavior” left him with “trauma” and greatly influenced him as he attempted to run Liberty University.
“It was like living on a roller coaster,” Jerry said at the time. “While fully devoted to freedom, we also suffered in silence during our personal time together while trying to cope with this increasingly threatening behavior that only got worse over time.
“We have done our best to respectfully resolve this deadly attraction-type situation to protect our family and the university.”
He claimed the relationship began at a time when he was devoting too much time to university after being named president after his father’s death in 2007. He said he didn’t spend enough time with Becki during this period of his life.
“Becki had an inappropriate personal relationship with this person, something I was not involved in,” he insisted in 2020, “it was nonetheless very upsetting to learn about it.”
Now Becki claims both have worked through the difficulties caused by the affair and are both very grateful to have their marriage.
“We’re more together than any other couple you’ll ever meet in your life,” she told Vanity Fair. “He forgave me, and that’s what Jesus teaches, forgiveness.”
Jerry agreed to step down from his role as president of Liberty University in late August 2020, shortly after the affair became public.
He was on an indefinite leave of absence since August 7, amid a furor over an Instagram picture showing him with his trousers undone, a drink in hand and his arm around a woman.
After the photo and other sordid accounts of his sex life, Jerry agreed to resign. His father, Jerry Falwell Sr., had founded the university.
Jerry Sr. reportedly only became a pastor because of his wife, Macel, who was a devout Baptist. Jerry said his father “spoke out militantly against alcohol and homosexuality” to prove to Macel that he could be a “conservative Christian.”
“My father became a Christian because his mother pushed him in that direction,” Jerry said. “My mother was the only reason my father became puritanical. He became a changed man to build a church and a school.’
The strictly conservative views were enforced at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. The school has a “strict code of conduct”. Students are forbidden from having sexual relationships outside of “biblically prescribed” marriage, and are also forbidden from engaging in media containing suggestive texts, sexual content, and nudity.
The former university president was also one of the first evangelical Christian leaders to support former President Donald Trump, who appeared on campus twice before his 2016 election victory.
Ted Cruz was reportedly the leading evangelical candidate in the 2016 Republican primary, but five days before the Iowa caucuses, Jerry endorsed Trump in what some analysts claim dealt a fatal blow to Cruz’s campaign.
Becki also served on the advisory board of Women for Trump.