Audrey Kriss "literally" changed Mariah Brown's life, as the latter has said, and we bet the feeling is mutual! Mariah, one of Kody Brown's dozen-and-a-half kids, came out to her family in a January 2017 episode of Sister Wives, and this Feb. 19 marks one year since she and Audrey went Facebook-official as a couple.
That was just the start of the social media love exchanged between these two, of course. On Feb. 18, 2017, Mariah quipped on Instagram that she was pretending to like art because Audrey's an artist (and a fellow Westminster College student, incidentally). Then, on March 8, Mariah tweeted, "Shoutout to Audrey Kriss for literally changing my life [and] showing me that who I am is perfectly okay."
According to her Facebook profile, Audrey is from Littleton, CO, but now lives in Salt Lake City, UT, where she works as an instructor at a golf course. Her "likes" include Taylor Swift, Harry Potter, Apples to Apples, and — of course — Sister Wives.
Mariah's coming-out came as a big shock to her Mormon family, as we saw in the 11th season of the TLC hit. "I just always expected that she would grow up, meet a guy, get married and have kids," mom Meri Brown tearfully told us viewers. "I kind of always expected that. I always wanted to have a son. I just always kind of thought, well, you know, since I never had a son, I will be able to adopt Mariah's husband as a kind of a son. And I looked forward to seeing who that could be. And that's not gonna happen."
Though Meri eventually came around, some of Mariah's other parents seemed to accept the news more instantaneously. Kody, for example, took his cue from one Ebenezer Scrooge.
"I dream of a world where people are judged by the merits of their character, instead of sexual orientation and family structure," he tweeted. "God has prepared my heart and mind for 15 years. Now [Mariah] can feel safe being openly gay with our family. I grew up in a world with terrible prejudice to the gay community. Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol taught me a modern lesson."
And in the ensuing year, Mariah has been treating us to what she calls "The Audrey & Mariah Instagram Show" — showing pics of her and her GF enjoying date night, hiking in Zion, hitting up Oktoberfest, dressing up like Star Wars characters, and hanging with their dogs. They even went to Disneyland with Meri recently. Sounds like a Disney-worthy happily-ever-after to us!