The now-exes are proud parents of six kids, Aspyn, Mykelti, Gwendlyn, Ysabel, Truely and Paedon, whom they welcomed over the course of their 27-year marriage. Christine and Kody spiritually wed on March 25, 1994.
“We will continue to be a strong presence in each other’s lives as we parent our beautiful children and support our wonderful family. At this time, we ask for your grace and kindness as we navigate through this stage within our family,” she wrote, also thanking fans for their “understanding and compassion.”
Kody spoke out about his third wife’s decision to part ways in a separate statement via Instagram, revealing it came with “a great deal of sadness.”
“We enjoyed many years together and I have a large amount of respect and admiration for her,” the reality star added. “Although we are moving forward on different paths, we will always remain committed parents.”
Halloween 2021 marked the first holiday the couple seemingly celebrated separately after she moved back to Utah in a duplex based in the city of Murray. Over the years, the Browns have lived in Utah, Nevada and now Arizona.
Meanwhile, Janelle enjoyed reuniting with some of her loved ones while visiting daughter Maddie’s home in North Carolina, where Christine’s daughter Ysabel now lives.
Prior to their split announcement, Christine and Kody seemed to be at odds over several marital issues, including her hopes to move back to Utah amid their Coyote Pass building plans in Arizona, as well as with how they handled social distancing as a family amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Following their split, Christine opened up about the final straw in their marriage.
“He broke my little girl’s heart,” she told People in August 2022, referring to Kody missing their daughter Ysabel’s September 2020 surgery. “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.”
“I would’ve preferred to have him there, of course, because it’s what Ysabel needed,” she continued, before adding, “But I didn’t need him anymore.”
In December 2022, In Touch exclusively broke the news that second wife Janelle ended her relationship with Kody after years of onscreen tension documented during seasons 15, 16 and 17 of Sister Wives. The pair spiritually wed in 1993.
That same month, first wife Meri – whom Kody legally wed in 1990, divorced in 2014 but remained spiritually married to – confirmed that the businessman had left her while appearing on the Sister Wives: One on One tell-all, leaving Kody with one remaining wife, Robyn.
After news of the breakups made the rounds, Christine’s daughter Gwendlyn reflected on season 17 of Sister Wives in a video posted to YouTube, in which she watched clips of the latest season of the long-running TLC series and praised her mom for how she handled separating from Kody.
“My mom is honestly such a good woman,” the reality personality said. “She probably could have taken him for, like, all he’s worth, and, like, robbed him blind, but she really didn’t. She left that pretty impressively [sic].”
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