Moved on. Matt and Amy Roloff shocked Little People, Big World fans when they announced their decision to divorce in 2015 after nearly three decades of seemingly wedded bliss. The exes — who share four kids, twins Jeremy and Zach, Molly and Jacob — revealed their decision to legally split with a statement promising to remain cordial, not only for their children but also their shared business.
Staying cordial is a promise they’ve made good on since their breakup, but Amy decided to leave behind her life on the farm after marrying her new love, Chris Marek. Amy not only purchased a home of her own in October 2019, but Matt also removed her as secretary of their family business as of 2021, In Touch confirmed at the time.
Why Did LPBW’s Amy and Matt Roloff Divorce?
In his book, Against Tall Odds, Matt detailed how he and his ex-wife had very different definitions of the word “commitment” — though they never actually cited it as playing a role in their split. “While Amy puts commitment at or near the top of her list, I would put it further down,” he wrote. “Amy tends to be more of a committed-to-a-fault kind of person, while I see most commitments — with some very notable exceptions — as flexible and negotiable.”
Of course, this statement caused uproar among fans and had many wondering if cheating was involved in the breakup. In May 2020, Amy talked about how Matt seemingly got involved with his now-fiancée, Caryn Chandler, while they were still married and told fans about her suspicions about infidelity in a resurfaced Facebook Live video.
While they had their fair share of issues over the years, Amy and Matt have worked hard to get along for the sake of their brood. He even addressed the importance of “family unity” in the caption of a photo in November 2019.
‘LPBW’ Stars Amy and Matt’s Divorce Finalized in 2016
More than a year after Amy initially filed for divorce, the former flames finalized the arrangement in May 2016.
Even though they were long separated, dividing up their memories and belongings was still difficult for the former husband and wife. “We’ve worked out a ‘your stuff’s yours and my stuff’s mine.’ I don’t think we have any conflict there,” Matt admitted on their reality show. “It’s a little hard to divide up 28 years of belongings. It’s not a fun process.”
“This is hard,” Amy agreed. “Life happens sometimes, and we don’t plan for that to happen to us. It’s just what is happening to us right now.”
Holidays Were Trying Times For LPBW’s Amy and Matt
Neither Matt nor Amy was prepared for how difficult their first holiday as exes would be, especially since it meant their four children had to divide their time between the parents — meaning one of them could end up alone on what should be an occasion spent with loved ones.
“Going through a divorce, this is really going to be my first Thanksgiving without anybody here, like no family,” Amy lamented on one episode of LPBW. “I’m torn as to what to do because I have never had to deal with this. It is a tough life moment for me right now.”
In the same episode, Matt added, “We knew [divorce] was going to be hard, but what we didn’t realize is that you have to share your kids with the in-laws.”
Amy and Matt Roloff Have Both Moved On
Since finalizing their divorce, Matt has moved on with Caryn, who was once the family’s farm manager, and Amy got married Chris in August 2021.
“I never in a million years thought I’d be getting married again, but I also hoped for it! Now that it’s happening, I couldn’t be happier or more excited,” the bride-to-be told People about her engagement in September 2019.
Are wedding bells ringing for Matt and Caryn, too? Matt proposed to his longtime girlfriend in April 2023.
“After six wonderful years together, I asked Caryn to marry me and she said yes!” Matt told People at the time. “Our plan is to enjoy our engagement and we are looking forward to a simple but elegant wedding in 2024.”
Despite their original 2024 wedding plans, Caryn hinted that they haven’t set a date during the season 25 premiere in February 2024.
“Whether we get married or we don’t, the farm is off the table,” she said while revealing that Matt plans to leave the family farm to his ex-wife.
Amy Tied the Knot on Roloff Farm
In a June 2021 episode of LPBW, Amy revealed she and Chris decided to marry on Roloff Farm after weighing out their options with wedding venues. “This was hard, but the farm has beautiful scenery, and we just don’t know what’s going to happen with COVID, so it’s easier to have it there,” the A Little Me author explained of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the limited wedding capacity.
Matt later showed off his “dream barn” that was being built on the property, which was used during the couple’s nuptials.
“Still thinking we can get this structure completed in time for Amy and Chris to use at their big upcoming wedding … I have the very best possible crew working on it,” the dad of four wrote on July 17, 2021, showing the beams still being prepared.
Thankfully, on August 28, 2021, the couple finally said “I do” in front of 146 of their closest family and friends, according to People. The bride stunned in a sparkly white ballgown and veil, while the groom opted for a suit and tie.
Amy and Caryn Have ‘Come A Long Way’
After working through some major awkwardness, the exes have remained true to their promise to stay cordial. From navigating family birthday parties to Amy even hosting Matt and his girlfriend in her new Oregon home, the former flames and their respective partners have developed somewhat of a friendship.
As a wedding gift to Chris and Amy, Mark and Caryn included airfare for the couple to visit them in Arizona. While the former husband and wife may have strides in their relationship, Amy admitted it’s “not easy” for her to visit her ex in his new shared home with his girlfriend.
“There’s just too much history for me,” the matriarch told producers in a June 2022 episode of LPBW. “It is my ex. It is his girlfriend, and I don’t wanna pretend, or put on a facade that this is happy-go-lucky and nothing has happened.”
The A Little Me author added, “I don’t think I ever will forget about the past, but I hope I can use the past to create a good norm.”
As for Caryn, she explained she and Amy have “come a long way” in their relationship. She added, “I suppose there’s a small component that might be awkward, but we’re all adults.”
She later revealed that Matt’s plan to leave Amy the farm after his death, was her idea.
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“Lets talk about the fact that I’m the one who had the idea that you leave everything you own, aside from Arizona cause that’s ours together, to Amy,” Caryn said in a February 2024 confessional, to which Matt agreed. Caryn went on to explain how Matt and Amy were a family “in the first part of your life,” and that they “built and worked for this farm.”
“I came in later and I don’t want it and I don’t want to take away from the people who built it, the family, the kids, so that is definite,” she concluded.
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