Who is Diann Bankson? Is She a Partner of Frank Fritz?

American Pickers ex-co-host Frank Fritz reportedly suffered a stroke. The news is circulating on social media. Fans can’t help but recall his relationship with his ex-Diann Bankson. They broke up after the mutual allegations of infidelity each other.

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Diann Bankson and Frank Fritz Engaged in 2017

The couple was in a close relationship but never married. Diann was a divorced single mother with a daughter named Paige. Fritz occasionally used to share her pictures on his Facebook account. Back in 2016, he shared pictures of Diann Bankson, her daughter Page and Page’s daughter Eulalia. His fans were highly shocked as he referred to the kid as his “granddaughter” in the post. Later he clarified that Diann Bankson is extremely special to him and Diann’s family is his family as well. He said, quote, “It is great being Grandpa Frank. I love my girls.” According to the reports the duo also got engaged in 2017

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Diann Bankson
Credit: Frank Fritz/Facebook

Caught cheating

But In November 2018, Diann alleged that she caught Fritz cheating on him. She said that she walked in while Fritz was in the bed with another woman. However, the couple reconciled their differences and got together again. But in January 2020, Diann Bankson filed a lawsuit against fritz on the charges of negligence.

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Diann Bankson’ lawsuit against Frank, claiming negligence

Diann Bankson claimed that due to Frank’s carelessness and drinking habits, she suffered third-degree burns. She reported an incident that took place in their farmhouse. Frank and his friends were heavily drunk. They were trying to light fireworks but failed in doing so. So, then they put the fireworks in her closed cylindrical ashtray and tried burning them there. Upon failing, they carelessly left it there instead of properly disposing of it. She wasn’t warned about it. Unaware of the fireworks, she used the ashtray while smoking and it exploded severely.

Diann Bankson
Credit: Frank Fritz/Facebook

According to the lawsuit, the accident severely burnt her hands, arms, eyebrows, and eyelashes. Diann Bankson further reported that despite the severity of her injuries, Frank refused to take her to the hospital and told her to “toughen up.” She went to the hospital alone in the following days. She also blamed him for changing the locks of a common home that they shared. However, she withdrew her case in March 2020.

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Allegations of infidelity

According to The Sun, Frank shared in an interview, quote, “The main problem was this girlfriend I had, I thought I was getting married and I bought a brand new house. Then I found out that all the time while I was on the road, she had a boyfriend back here.” It hurt my feelings, my self-esteem, and my whole world. I gave it a good shot, I tried to drink her away. I never drank that much before.” He added. Although Frank never said he was talking about Diann, it is not hard to assume. While Diann denied his allegations saying, “It’s not true what he’s saying. If he’s trying to make me look like a bad person of course I’m going to say it’s not true because it’s not.”

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