She’s done! The past few years have been full of ups and downs for Sister Wives star Meri Brown and her husband, Kody. But she’s finally hit a high note — and intends to keep it that way. A source tells Life & Style that the 47-year-old has found a new man and a new life in Utah, and has put all the drama with her estranged husband — and his three other wives, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn — behind.
“Meri has relocated to Utah,” the source says of the reality star, who previously fled her native Utah for Las Vegas, in order to escape persecution under Utah’s strict anti-polygamy laws. “[She] is staying at her great-grandparents’ home that’s now a bed and breakfast. She’s loving it there.”
And while she’s crazy about her new life away from all the drama that came with her polyamorous crew, it would appear she hasn’t totally cut out her loved ones. “She’s trying to at least build a friendship with Kody for the sake of the reality show,” the insider explains. “But you’re not going to see them faking it for the cameras anymore.”
Meri and Kody's 24-year marriage was nothing short of an emotional rollercoaster. The two — who are parents to only one child together, 22-year-old Mariah — tied the knot in April 1990, and brought in their first additional wife, Janelle, in 1993 (Christine joined the following year). The pair ended their legal marriage in September 2014 so the father-of-14 could legally marry his newest wife, Robyn (the government only recognizes one “legal” marriage of Kody’s, but with all of the wives, he has “spiritual unions.”
After they called it quits, legally, their marriage took another hit when Meri was caught in a catfishing scandal; in May 2015 — months after her divorce was finalized — the reality star began talking to a man named Sam Cooper, whom she met on Twitter, behind Kody's back. Their ongoing conversations eventually turned romantic, but came to a screeching halt after six months when Meri learned that “Sam” was actually a woman named Jackie Overton, known con-artist.
Today, Meri’s life is significantly less dramatic — thanks in part to the new love in her life, whose life could not be more different from her estranged husband's. “Her new man is a close friend of one of her sisters’ husbands,” the source adds. “He’s very blue collar. He’s not a fame seeker. He’s a nice person, which is what Meri needs.”