It’s over. On Sunday, January 20, The Briney Family revealed that they would not be returning for Season 2 of Seeking Sister Wife. In a blog post on their website, the Brineys explained that the reason why they won’t appear on the new season is because they went through a “traumatic experience” after April Briney, the first of Drew Briney‘s three wives, left their polygamous family. But now, In Touch can confirm that April and Drew are not just separated — they are actually legally divorced.
According to divorce documents exclusively obtained by In Touch, Drew filed for divorce from April on June 1, 2018, after 20 years of marriage. Their divorce was finalized on June 28, 2018. In the filing, Drew said that on May 26, 2018, April packed up their six underage children — Jasher, 16, Jacob, 14, Brielle, 12, Jocelyn, 10, Kyra, 8, Keilana, 6 — and left the family’s home in Oregon to go back to Utah. Drew and April also share two adult children, Karissa, 20, and Elias, 18.
In the family’s official statement on their blog, they explained that April decided to leave the family during the week that they started filming Season 2 of the TLC show. “April left our family and took Drew’s and her children out of state (back to Utah) under the pretext of taking them for a local hike not far from our Oregon home. She never came back. Nor would she accept any communication for the first month or so,” the statement read. “The grief and heartache those of us left behind have been experiencing has been excruciating.”
Ultimately, April’s departure from the family and her subsequent divorce from Drew led the network to the decision to pull the family from Season 2 — even after the family claimed they had already filmed all of their scenes.
“The network had a very unique opportunity to tell a story that’s never been told before — that of the family left behind when a plural wife leaves,” the statement continued. “But again, we agree that this heavy of a story was not a good fit for this platform.”
With reporting by Katie Bruno.