‘Sister Wives’: Kody Brown Claims to Be ‘Anti-Divorce’ Despite Being Divorced

Kody Brown and Christine Brown announced their separation just weeks before the start of Sister Wives season 16. The couple’s problems played out in front of TLC’s cameras, and viewers saw Christine pack up Kody’s things and essentially evict him from her house in the season finale. Kody even suggested he felt “relief” about the end of his partnership with Christine. Still, the father of 18 claims he is “anti-divorce,” even though he is legally and now spiritually divorced from two of his four wives. 

Kody Brown says he’s “anti-divorce” in a confessional 

Kody isn’t the one who pulled the plug on his marriage to Christine, but viewers think he might as well have. Christine opted to kick Kody out of her bedroom and, effectively, her house when he revealed he was no longer interested in having an intimate relationship with her. Sister Wives fans mostly agree that Kody emotionally abandons his wives when he is no longer interested in them, so they’ll leave him, and he won’t have to deal with the “karmic” fallout of it all. 

Kody Brown wearing a brown and white button up shirt during a confessional on ‘Sister Wives’ | TLC
Kody Brown ‘Sister Wives’ | TLC

Kody all but confirmed that when he said, “All my faith, my belief systems [are] kind of anti-divorce, I suppose,” shortly after learning that he was no longer welcome in Christine’s home. The statement struck some viewers as odd. After all, there has been a fair bit of divorce in the Brown family. He is even legally divorced once. 

Kody legally divorced Meri Brown in 2014 to marry his fourth wife 

Kody might be against the notion of divorce, but that hasn’t stopped him from actually getting divorced. The famed polygamist legally married Meri Brown, his first wife, in 1990. In 2014, the couple dissolved their marriage so Kody could marry his fourth wife, Robyn Brown. 

At the time, the couple claimed they pursued a divorce so that Kody could adopt Robyn’s three children from a previous marriage. They insisted the decision was purely legal, but Sister Wives fans never bought it. Kody and Meri have been estranged since shortly after they finalized their paperwork. Kody insists Meri’s catfishing scandal ended their relationship, but Sister Wives viewers believe the divorce was really the beginning of the end. They have both admitted to being estranged.

Interestingly enough, all of the ‘Sister Wives’ stars have been through a divorce at this point

Kody might be against divorce, but the Brown family has more than one under their belt. Aside from Meri and Kody’s 2014 divorce, Robyn, Kody’s now legal wife, was married before joining the Browns in 2010. Robyn married David Jessop in 1999. Their marriage ended less than a decade later. Robyn discussed her first marriage briefly in the family’s book Becoming Sister Wives and several times on the show.

The cast of TLC's Sister Wives.
The cast of TLC’s Sister Wives includes Christine, Janelle, Kody, Robyn, and Meri Brown | Discovery Press/TLC

Janelle Brown was also married before spiritually tying the knot with Kody. Janelle was married to Adam Barber for two years, from 1988 until 1990. Adam Barber is Meri Brown’s brother. Janelle married Kody in 1993. Until recently, Christine Brown was the only sister wife who had never been legally married or divorced. Christine has not yet gone through a spiritual divorce from her husband, but she considers herself divorced.

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