04/03/2008 at 06:00 AM EDT
It's been a rough few weeks for Gossip Girl
's Chace Crawford, who split with Carrie Underwood
and had to endure online speculation
about his sexuality.
"He's doing okay through this whole ordeal," his sister Candice told PEOPLE Wednesday. "He was upset about the breakup. It's always hard when you lose a relationship."
Still, his little sis added, don't expect to see Crawford and the American Idol
champ moping around for long. "Chace will get through it," she said. "We love Carrie, too. They're dolls and they'll both do well."
Candice is certainly doing her best to distract her bummed-out brother. Next week, she'll compete in the Miss USA Pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino – and Crawford, 23, will be there to cheer her on.
"The whole family will be there rooting for me," Candice, a.k.a. Miss Missouri, said at On Top Of Cloud 9, a dinner for the pageant contestants. "My mom made T-shirts and little pins for everyone."
To capture the crown April 11, Candice will have to impress judges including Heather Mills, Joey Fatone, Rob Schneider and Project Runway
winner Christian Siriano.
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