‘Sister Wives’: Kody Brown Gets Aggressive When Confronted With the Notion That He Has ‘Emotionally Abandoned’ Some Wives

The cast of Sister Wives has had a bit of a rough year. A lot has changed inside the Brown family. While Kody Brown and his four wives believe their problems can be blamed on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, viewers aren’t convinced. Tell-all host, Sukanya Krishnan, doesn’t seem to agree either. Krishnan asked Kody about his emotional abandonment of his wives before he seemed to explode. 

‘Sister Wives’ fans note that Kody Brown got aggressive when Sukanya Krishnan asked him whether he thought he emotionally abandoned his wives 

Kody Brown might have signed up for a reality TV series, but apparently, he doesn’t want to answer every question, and he certainly doesn’t like to be judged. During Kody’s segment of the first Sister Wives tell-all episode, Krishnan suggested that Kody had emotionally abandoned some of his wives. 

The famed polygamist exploded. He aggressively insisted that he hadn’t “abandoned” his wives, telling Krishnan that he “resented” the term. Kody said he isn’t “allowed” to leave his wives. He went on to explain that they can leave him, though. Family followers think Kody likely found a workaround for his rule, and Krishnan’s use of the word “abandonment” hit too close to home. Fans have long suspected that Kody withholds physical and emotional intimacy to force his wives to leave him.

Kody Brown is not over Meri Brown’s catfishing incident 

Kody seemed to be particularly troubled by the notion that he emotionally abandoned his first wife, Meri Brown. During his interview segment, Kody said Meri abandoned him. He went on to insist that she created the distance in their marriage that still exists today. He repeatedly pointed to her 2015 catfishing incident as the moment he no longer felt comfortable with his first wife. 

In 2015, shortly after legally divorcing Kody, controversy enveloped Meri. She was the victim of a catfish. Meri and Kody dissolved their legal marriage so Kody could legally marry his fourth wife, Robyn Brown. In the middle of that, Meri had a months-long emotional affair with a man named Sam Cooper. Sam Cooper didn’t exist, though.

A person named Jackie Overton was masquerading as Sam. Overton released texts, voicemails, and pictures Meri had sent during their correspondence. Sister Wives fans followed the drama as it unfolded. While Meri insists she wasn’t planning to leave Kody for Sam, he sees things differently. 

Kody contradicted himself repeatedly during the interview 

While Kody insisted that Meri’s catfishing scandal was what broke their marriage, he also contradicted himself. At a different point, Kody suggested he and Meri had a difficult union for many years, even before Sister Wives began. Kody went on to say that he didn’t wish to revisit an intimate relationship with her because of it. Sister Wives fans note that the polygamist can’t have it both ways. Fans want him to decide if he is upset about the catfishing scandal, or issues from earlier in their marriage.

,Meri Brown, Janelle Brown, Kody Brown, Christine Brown and Robyn Brown discuss 'Sister Wives' at the 2010 Summer TCA
The Brown family | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

In her tell-all segment, Meri revealed that she and Kody didn’t have a romantic relationship for at least a few years before the catfishing incident. Intimacy left the relationship around that time Kody brought his fourth wife into the household. Christine Brown opted to leave her marriage because he didn’t want an intimate relationship with her either. Christine noted that the state of Meri’s relationship with Kody helped her see what she didn’t want. The family will continue their one-on-one interviews next week on TLC.

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