What happened to Frankie on 'Real Housewives of Miami'? What you need to know ahead of the reboot

'I always wanted the show to come back because I know so many people prayed for him,' Alexia Echevarria says of her son

Alexia Echevarria attends The Real Housewives of Miami Premiere Party at Eden Roc, a Renaissance Beach Resort and Spa on February 21, 2011 in Miami Beach, Florida
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Grab some sunscreen—we're heading back to The Magic City. 

After an eight-year hiatus, The Real Housewives of Miami is returning to TV screens on December 16, 2021. Though fans are anxious to catch up with the new and reoccurring feuds, everyone's curious: what happened to Frankie on Real Housewives of Miami?

Of course, there's plenty of drama to entice reality TV fans, but Alexia Echevarria's heartbreak is one of the more tragic storylines we've encountered on the franchise. In 2011, her then 13-year-old son, Frankie, was involved in a horrific car accident that turned the socialite's world upside down, and understandably so. 

How are things in her family now? What has happened since we last caught up with Echevarria? Now that we're back from Turks and Caicos (thanks to the Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip), we're ready to become reacquainted with our ladies of the Sunshine State.

What happened to Frankie on 'Real Housewives of Miami'?

At 13 years old, Frankie Rosello was in the passenger seat of a car that lost control in the rain in summer 2011. Following the terrible accident, Rosello had been in a coma for three months and there were grave concerns about his recovery, particularly after he had suffered significant brain damage. 

Things grew more difficult for the socialite when her older son, Peter, began lashing out and getting in legal trouble following his younger brother's devastating news.  

What is Frankie Rosello up to now?

Eight years later, both of Echevarria's boys are doing well. While Peter attended the Paris School of Business and began selling commercial real estate, Frankie finished high school and opened up Alexia + Frankie's Beauty Bar (opens in new tab) in Surfside, Miami Beach alongside his mother.  

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In an interview with Entertainment Tonight (opens in new tab), Echevarria claimed she was particularly excited to return to the series to show the world the progress her family has made, despite other blips in the road regarding her relationships.

"I'm very excited to show my son Frankie," Alexia said. "I want to show everyone the progress that he's made. That's why I always really wanted the show to come back, because I know so many people prayed for him. And so many people were rooting for us as a family."

Watch 'The Real Housewives of Miami' season 4 trailer:

Although it'll be nice to see how Echevarria's sons have grown, don't expect the season debut to be without drama—far from it. 

"I'd like to know who hear you trust the least," the tension-filled trailer begins. 

In true Housewives fashion, we get a taste of arguments, accusations and even a few Kim Kardashian references (her ex-BFF Larsa Pippen is part of the cast).

Despite the chaos that's coming our way, there are a few notable things about the reboot: for one, it will be Peacock's first complete Housewives franchise. Secondly, it features the first-ever lesbian couple, model Julia Lemigova and tennis player Martina Navratilova, in Housewives history. Many fans felt this casting was long overdue. 

So, even if there are some bumps along the way—likely many bumps—there are a few positive notes from The Real Housewives of Miami. Catch the ladies in action on Peacock.

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 

The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos, new TV shows and relationship trends.  

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets. 

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