Fans were thrilled to see that Janelle Pierzina was coming back to play Big Brother yet again and is now a four-time Big Brother player as the show premiered its 22nd season — Big Brother: All-Stars. Recently, Janelle’s game has been in jeopardy as she faces her first threat of eviction.
While the fan-proclaimed Queen of Big Brother is not one to back down from a fight, she has mentioned on the live feeds that she would be OK with being evicted because it meant going home to her husband, Jess DeSanto, and her children.
Before she became a wife and a mother, Janelle’s love life had been a bit up and down, including a “showmance” with one of the most notorious Big Brother players of all time, Will Kirby. While she has dated others throughout her Big Brother life, it seems she has truly found her match with her husband, Jess DeSanto.
Janelle had a showmance with Will Kirby on their first 'All-Stars' season.
Janelle came back to play Big Brother on the first All-Stars season. During her time on the show, she developed a showmance with Will Kirby, the second winner of Big Brother. While they may have flirted and had fun inside the house, after the show was over, their showmance fizzled and the two decided they were better off friends.
While making friends with her male housemates helped her get a bit further in the game, unfortunately, she has never seen the $500,000 prize. Despite her never winning, Big Brother is a huge part of Janelle’s life and she told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that she was happy with how she’s been portrayed over the years.
“There was a lot of stigma because reality TV was still kind of new and you didn’t know what [producers] were going to do,” she explained. “You’re signing your life away, basically, and they could make you into anything...I played the whole ‘dumb blonde’ thing and it worked because everyone thought I was dumb. My whole character was this tough girl who was kind of at the bottom and I just fought my way to the top.”
Janelle Pierzina married her husband, Jess DeSanto, in 2010.
Janelle and Jess actually knew each other for 12 years before tying the knot. The two met when Janelle was only 18 years old. They were both students at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Through the years, the two remained friends but eventually tried taking their friendship to the next level, got engaged in 2009, and then married in 2010.
Janelle and her family currently live in Edina, Minn. where she works as a real estate agent. Her bio on the Edina Realty website echoes her work ethic in reality and in the Big Brother house.
“As a self-motivated workaholic, I have a little different outlook on real estate. Not only do I get results for my clients, but I also work hard to turn buying or selling a house into a pleasant process. I live and breathe real estate and do whatever it takes to represent my clients,” the bio reads.
Jess DeSanto works at DeSanto Investments group with his brother.
According to Screen Rant, Jess owns and operates the AmericInn in Apple Valley, Min.. — a town close to where Janelle and family live. The AmericInn is a property that his investment group, Desanto Investments, owns.
He runs the group alongside his brother, Jake. As of 2012, Desanto Investments was believed to own three hotels and seven rental properties throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Janelle and Jess share three children and a dog together.
According to an article from Heavy, Janelle and Jess have three children together. After the two were married in 2010, they quickly started growing their family.
The oldest, Violet Anne, was born in 2011. Lincoln William, their only son, was born in 2013. Stella, the youngest, was born in 2014. The couple also owns a Goldendoodle named Sprinkles.