Kody Brown made it a point to show just how much he wanted his family to live in one house again on season 14 of Sister Wives, and now fans are wondering if that plan will finally come to fruition amid his split from third wife Christine Brown.
Christine, 49, was the only member of the polygamous brood adamantly against the idea, leading many viewers to ponder over whether Kody, 52, and his other spouses, Meri, Janelle and Robyn Brown, will reconsider the notion amid their delayed building plans on Coyote Pass.
Kody was all for the idea at first, but had a change of heart after getting pushback. “Not going to consider it,” the father of 18 previously tweeted in February 2021 as a tense episode aired on TLC. “Too much opposition … with gut level emotions. So hard, so sad.”
While on the subject, Kody shut down speculation that moving away from their four-home cul-de-sac in Las Vegas, Nevada, was the cause of their family divide and said the issue ran much deeper.
“For me, it was the realization that one home would NEVER be an option for some family members,” the TV personality shared about what caused him to reevaluate his thoughts. “So many unshared emotions. Then a deluge of past feelings dumped on me.”
Up until that point, his plan was to have his four wives live under one roof with their own apartment-style sections of the house. In the middle of it all, there would have been a common area that Kody designated as “his” house.
Despite his wish to proceed, not every wife was excited by the prospect of living all together again.
When the polygamous family made their reality TV debut on season 1 of Sister Wives in 2010, they were living in one house together in Utah. In an effort to escape Utah’s strict anti-polygamy laws, they fled to Las Vegas, where each wife had her own house and they all lived right next door to each other.
Christine, who recalled very negative feelings about her time living together in the same house with her sister wives, was very against the idea during season 14 of the TLC series.
“I would happily live next door to [my sister wives] for the rest of my life,” Christine said on the show. “Absolutely. With them? No, no. Have you met them?”
The mom of six laughed afterward, but it was obvious she was serious about needing her own space and some alone time.
Christine live-tweeted during a February 2020 episode of Sister Wives and said she was “a better Mom living separate[ly]” from the rest of the wives. Meanwhile, Meri, 50, and Robyn, 43, had mixed feelings about the idea.
Janelle, 52, on the other hand, was worried their family wasn’t “as close as it used to be” because of their lack of proximity, since their family has been living in four separate homes spread out far away from each other after moving to Flagstaff, Arizona, in 2018.
Due to the animosity that it was causing, Kody ultimately agreed to build four separate homes on the Coyote Pass land. However, those plans were slowed down due to them struggling to sell their former Las Vegas properties and again due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In a teaser clip detailing the upcoming season 16 drama, Christine revealed she was still mulling over the option of moving back to their former home state of Utah.
The premiere delivered another surprise with Kody revealing he was considering his own lot on the Coyote Pass property.
In a follow-up scene from the December 5 episode, Christine fought back tears while opening up about their marital woes, explaining, “Kody and I are struggling more than ever before. The thought of living here on the property and seeing him in full functioning marriages — do I want that? No. The best I can give today is just to pretend.”
In Touch confirmed that Christine moved into a duplex in the city of Murray weeks before she officially announced that she was leaving Kody on November 2, marking an end to their 27-year spiritual union.
“After more than 25 years together, Kody and I have grown apart and I have made the difficult decision to leave,” she wrote in a statement via Instagram. “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.”
“Christine’s decision to leave comes with a great deal of sadness,” Kody wrote in his own statement shared on social media. “We enjoyed many years together and I have a large amount of respect and admiration for her. Although we are moving forward on different paths, we will always remain committed parents.”
Scroll down to see the floor plan for his one house idea amid Kody and Christine’s split.
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