Are ‘Sister Wives’ Stars Meri, Robyn and Janelle Still Together With Kody? Get An Update
A family divided. The polygamous Brown family of Sister Wives lost their second sister wife, as In Touch exclusively confirmed in December 2022 that Janelle Brown left husband Kody Brown after almost 30 years of marriage.
Shortly after In Touch broke the news about Janelle, first wife Meri Brown revealed during a sneak peek of the Sister Wives: One on One tell-all that she was also separated from Kody, noting that it was the former car salesman’s decision to end their marriage. The split came after months of distance, with both Kody and Meri living relatively separate lives from one another.
“It just doesn’t make sense to me that he would be so frustrated with Christine [Brown] and be like, ‘She just made this decision. We didn’t consult, we didn’t talk, she just made the decision and then he says, ‘No, I don’t consider myself married to Meri,'” the Lizzie’s Heritage Inn owner told host Sukanya Krishnan. “Like, he just made the decision. I’ve never heard him say that to me.”
The family patriarch is only currently in a relationship with one of the four original sister wives, Robyn Brown. Christine Brown was the first sister wife to call it quits, announcing that she and Kody had split in November 2021. She has since relocated to Utah from Flagstaff, Arizona.
Rumors had been swirling for months about the status of Janelle and Kody’s marriage before In Touch broke the news. Christine’s daughter Gwendlyn claimed in a November 8, 2022, TikTok Live video that the Plexus ambassador had already left Kody, declaring “girl power,” as Christine’s children are very close with Janelle. She added at the time that “only Meri and Robyn [were] left,” with Kody. Adding fuel to the separation fire, Christine’s aunt, Kristyn Decker, exclusively told In Touch in November 2022 that Janelle left Kody “a long time ago.”
“She’s just staying in a marriage that’s not really a marriage,” Kristyn told In Touch. “I don’t think they’ve had a marriage for a long, long, long time. It’s just platonic.”
The father of 18 has long been accused of favoring Robyn over his other wives. He was legally married to Meri, tying the knot in 1990, but asked for a divorce years later so he could marry the youngest of his wives in order to legally adopt her kids. Kody and Robyn were legally wed in December 2014. Of the dynamic between the wives, Christine referred to herself as the “basement wife” numerous times throughout her spiritual marriage to Kody, making her decision to leave the polygamist family not entirely surprising.
“Kody and I have grown apart and I have made the difficult decision to leave,” Christine revealed in her split announcement, becoming the first wife to leave. She said that the pair would “continue to be a strong presence in each other’s lives as we parent our beautiful children and support our wonderful family.” She and Kody share six children.
Throughout season 17 of the TLC show, there was no shortage of drama for the family as they navigated tension, perceived favoritism and more. Kody and his wives were as distanced as ever living in separate homes within about 15 minutes from each other in Flagstaff, Arizona. Christine ended up leaving Coyote Pass and moving into a $1.1 million duplex in Murray, Utah.
Christine opened up to People in August 2022 about the final straw that led to her decision to leave Kody after more than 25 years of marriage.
“He broke my little girl’s heart,” she told the outlet, referring to how the family patriarch refused to travel out of state for their daughter Ysabel’s scoliosis surgery due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “I really find it hard to stay with a guy who I don’t respect. I understood COVID, and why he couldn’t come, but she didn’t. And she still has a really hard time with it.”
Christine continued, “I was there with Ysabel the whole time in New Jersey for the surgery. And I remember them pointing out, like, ‘Are you here alone? Where’s your husband?’ I’m like, ‘Oh, he’s not here.’ And they’re like, ‘Whoa, isn’t that hard?’ And I’m like, ‘No, it’s hard for her. It’s hard for Ysabel, but it’s not hard for me.’ It was a good wake-up call.”
Keep scrolling below for details on Kody’s relationships with Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn.
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