Well, this is a little awkward. While none of Kody Brown‘s four wives — Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn — are sisters, some of the Sister Wives stars are actually related. In fact, a few of the people who are technically family are also married to each other, Radar Online reported. That’s got to make the family reunions real weird.
According to the outlet, Kody and Christine aren’t just spouses. Radar cited an Ancestry.com tree that shows the two of them share William Moore Allred and Orissa Angela Bates as relatives, making them distant cousins. It’s not like they grew up going to Thanksgiving and sitting at the kids’ table together, but it’s still a little odd.
But it gets weirder. Kody and Janelle share daughter Maddie, and she’s married to Caleb Brush. Caleb is Maddie’s aunt’s brother/the brother of Kody’s sister-in-law, Erica Brush Brown. So, at least they’re not blood-related.
And that’s not all! Radar also reported back in October 2015 that Janelle was previously married to Adam Clark Barber — the brother of Meri, Kody’s first wife. That means Janelle and Meri were sisters-in-law before they became sister wives. Janelle actually fell in love with her first husband’s brother-in-law while she was still married to that first husband. Her old TLC bio used to read, “I met Kody in the fall of 1989, even though he may not remember it. When he walked into the room I looked at him and had that feeling of remembering something I had forgotten. It was a singular experience.” Kody and Janelle were not “spiritually married” until 1993.
Kody is only legally married to one of his four wives, Robyn. Kody was formerly legally married to Meri, his first wife, but they legally divorced in 2014. He then married Robyn so that he could legally adopt her three children from a previous marriage. His unions with Meri, Janelle and Christine are not recognized by the law since their weddings were religious ceremonies.
We can’t even imagine how complicated it must be to do a family tree for the Brown family. Those branches must get pretty twisted!
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