Sister Wives star Meri Brown is no stranger to sharing cryptic messages on social media that seem to be related to her reality TV drama with Kody Brown and Janelle Brown, Christine Brown and Robyn Brown – and some of her quotes seemed to be clues leading up to her split from Kody.
The TLC personality confirmed Kody ended their marriage in a teaser clip for the Sister Wives: One on One tell-all in December 2022.
“It just doesn’t make sense to me that he would be so frustrated with Christine and be like, ‘She just made this decision,’” Meri said in a sneak peek of the December 18 episode, shared by People. “We didn’t consult, we didn’t talk, she just made the decision and then he says, ‘No, I don’t consider myself married to Meri.’ Like, he just made the decision. I’ve never heard him say that to me.”
During her scene with host Sukanya Krishnan, Meri watched a clip of Kody admitting that he didn’t consider himself Meri’s husband anymore. “If she wanted to move on and marry another, she wouldn’t get an argument with me,” the Brown family patriarch said.
Confirmation of their split comes less than a week after In Touch broke the news that second wife Janelle left Kody amid their ongoing tension, much of which was documented throughout season 17 of Sister Wives. Third wife Christine announced she was leaving Kody in a statement posted to Instagram in November 2021.
Kody and Meri met in 1989 and were spiritually and legally wed in April 1990. The couple welcomed their only child together, Leon, in July 1995. He went on to spiritually wed Janelle in 1993 and Christine in 1994. He spiritually married his fourth wife, Robyn, in 2010.
In 2014, Kody legally divorced Meri to legally marry Robyn so he could adopt her three kids from a previous marriage. However, Kody and Meri remained spiritually married. Unfortunately, the couple started to experience issues in their marriage following the divorce.
In 2015, Meri was caught in a catfishing scandal, in which she publicly flirted and began a relationship with a man she met on Twitter named “Sam Cooper,” who turned out to be online scammer Jackie Overton. The situation added to her already strained relationship with Kody.
“This catfish was just planting things in my head and telling me how horrible my family was and specifically how horrible Kody was,” Meri previously said on Sister Wives. “That was one of the reasons why I didn’t want him around. I was just angry. I’m just angry at him. I just pushed Kody away. I did. He’s not the one I should’ve pushed away.”
It seems the cracks in Kody and Meri’s relationship started long before the scandal, though. The polygamous family patriarch spoke out about his tension with Meri in February 2021.
“Meri and I have been in a very dark place for a very long time,” the father of 18 explained to Us Weekly at the time. “It’s been more about trying to get ourselves out of this hole that we dug ourselves into.”
In his interview, Kody said he hoped that time could help fix their issues. “In plural marriage, I don’t feel like I’ve got the right to say, ‘This is over, this is ending,'” Kody added. “I feel like they need to understand that — that they can leave. If it’s not working for them, they can leave. Nobody’s going to be a prisoner here.”
The reality TV brood’s stalled plans to build on their Coyote Pass land has become a major plotline in the season 16 episodes, showing the moments leading up to Christine and Kody’s split as their family weathered the coronavirus pandemic. During one scene, Kody told viewers in a confessional that he and Meri’s relationship is not one he would describe as “romantic” although they still deeply care for each other.
When the season 16 tell-all episode aired in January 2022, Kody and Meri reflected on their struggles. Meri even explained how difficult it was for her to adjust when Kody added Janelle to their family in 1993.
“It was a struggle for me because now he’s with someone else,” she recalled in the episode that aired on January 30. “There was a hardness in our marriage that was so difficult and so antagonistic, I didn’t know why we were in it.”
Meri also touched on the catfishing scandal, acknowledging that her marriage was strained long before the situation. “A lot of people like to look at that as the defining moment and the fracture in mine and Kody’s relationship, and it wasn’t,” she said.
Despite her qualms, the reality star noted she was still “committed” to Kody at the time. “From where I am, like, it’s been 31 years now that we’ve been married,” Meri explained. “ I’ve made my choice, I’m still here and I do still have hope.”
Even though some fans were convinced she would be the one to leave her longtime spouse, Meri set the record straight about her status with Kody in December 2020.
“Here’s my truth. I love him. I love my family. I’m committed. I have 30 years in this,” she wrote while breaking her silence about their marriage. “We struggle. We communicate. We repair relationships as the parties involved are willing and able.”
Scroll through the gallery below to see all of Meri‘s cryptic messages.
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