It wasn’t that simple. On the season premiere of Sister Wives on Sunday, January 5, Meri Brown moved into a rental house in Flagstaff, Arizona just like her fellow wives — but she was “bullied” out of the home by neighbors, and had to go back to Las Vegas for a while. Fans on social media questioned why she didn’t just move in with another wife, and Janelle Brown took to Twitter to explain.

“Mixed feelings/emotions about staying in Vegas for three months while I found another house in Flagstaff,” Meri, 48, tweeted during the show. “I LOVE Vegas (no secret) but it was hard being away from the family. I traveled back and forth often those months! #SisterWives.” Janelle, 50, retweeted that remark and added, “I’m so glad that is behind us!” which prompted a fan to reply, “A lot of us don’t understand why Meri couldn’t stay with you or Robyn?”

Janelle responded, “Meri runs a business that takes a lot of room and we have all moved into smaller homes compared to what we had. The bedrooms are full. We didn’t have an option.”

Janelle Brown Explains Why Meri Didn't Move in With One of Her Sister Wives
Courtesy Janelle Brown/Twitter

Christine Brown also tweeted about the situation as the episode aired. She wrote on Twitter, “It’s just sad that @MeriBrown1 is by herself in our cul-de-sac. Super lonely! We really missed her A LOT!!” and mentioned on the second episode how badly she felt about Meri being all alone back in Vegas.

Plus, she retweeted one fan comment that read, “Watching @MeriBrown1 have to move back out of that house is just heartbreaking. Shouldn’t have ever happened.”

Fans were not especially pleased by what they saw as unfair treatment of Kody Brown‘s first wife. “Why didn’t any of you have her live in your homes? That’s what family does,” one person replied to Christine.

Not everyone bought the explanation Janelle offered, either, with one person tweeting back at the reality star, “Robyn had a 7 bedroom house rental with tons of space for family meetings 🤔.” Another wrote, “I thought the same thing … no one volunteered [their] home to [her]. There is a disconnect with the ladies with Meri, except [Robyn].”

It all worked out in the end, and Meri is living in Flagstaff now. But it definitely seemed like there was a rocky period of time in which the Sister Wives were further apart than ever.

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