A cryptocurrency trader who has a child with social media influencer Gracie Piscopo has been accused of murdering his mother in Perth more than two years ago.
Andre Zachary Rebelo, 26, has been charged with the murder of Colleen Rebelo after police were called to her home on Preston Point Rd in Bicton just after 2.30pm on May 25, 2020.
Mr Rebelo, from North Coogee, was taken into custody on Tuesday and stood before Fremantle Magistrates Court later in the day.
He was remanded in custody to appear before Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court on December 21.
Mr Rebelo shares a young son with Ms Piscopo, a model with more than a million followers on Instagram and 32 million views on her YouTube channel.
Court documents show Mr Rebelo was also charged with five counts of forging a document with intent to fraud.
He has pleaded not guilty to those charges and is scheduled to stand trial in the WA District Court in December next year.
The fraud allegations are believed to be linked to the murder investigation.
In her obituary at the time, Ms. Rebelo was described as a “devoted and loving mother of Julian, Andre, Monique and Fabian”.
“Due to the current circumstances, a private funeral will be held,” the statement said.
Ms. Piscopo has modeled for Khloe Kardashian’s Good American brand.
Mr Rebelo has previously been a regular on Ms Piscopo’s social media alongside their son.
But he hasn’t appeared in her posts for a while.
According to a 2019 online biography of Ms. Piscopo, Mr. Rebelo “was involved in cryptocurrency trading” and was her manager at the time.
“He handles her finances and the behind-the-scenes work on her videos,” the bio reads.
“She and her partner grew up in the same neighborhood but went to separate schools.
“They first met through her ex-boyfriend and later, after they both joined Instagram, she sent him direct messages.
“They recently celebrated their fifth anniversary in October 2019.
“They already have a boy together named Romeo who was born in February 2019.”
Originally posted as the partner of the Instagram influencer accused of murdering his mother