‘Sister Wives’: Meri and Kody Brown Reunite in Advance of New Season

Meri and Kody Brown of TLC’s Sister Wives have struggled with their relationship for years. The couple has sparked divorce rumors almost since the show first premiered back in 2009. Now, it looks like Meri and Kody Brown, as well as his other wives, have come out against the estrangement rumors in time for the upcoming season.

Kody, Meri, Janelle, and Christine Brown
Kody, Meri, Janelle, and Christine Brown | Ida Mae Astute/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

Kody Brown and his first wife have had marital troubles for years

Meri is Kody Brown’s first wife, followed by his other three wives, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn Brown.

Their relationship has been strained for many years in part due to infertility, as the couple only has one child, 23-year-old Mariah Brown. What’s more, after fourth wife Robyn Brown joined the family, Kody and Meri legally divorced (yet still considered themselves spiritually married) so that Kody could adopt Robyn’s three children from a previous marriage.

Since a catfishing scandal in 2015 that had Meri allegedly flirting online with a woman posing as a man, Sister Wives viewers have noticed that Meri Brown is growing more independent. The couple admitted on the show that they were having major marital issues and had considered separation or divorce. Kody even said at one point that he no longer had romantic feelings for his first wife.

‘Sister Wives’ wondered why Meri never posted pictures with her husband

Meri Brown used to live the life of a traditional member of the Apostolic United Brethren, the polygamist religious sect to which the Browns belong.

The fundamentalist Mormon wife and mom now seems to be spreading her wings, as she opened her own bed and breakfast in Utah. And although she moved along with the rest of the Browns from Las Vegas to Flagstaff, Arizona, Meri has been renting a home away from the other sister wives. She also travels frequently for work with LuLaRoe, sometimes even to other countries, without her family.

Before the Brown family’s most recent Instagram posts, Meri hadn’t been seen on social media with her husband since Jan. 2019. Sister Wives fans wondered throughout the year whether a divorce would soon be announced.

The Brown family reunited recently on social media

TLC announced on Nov. 8 that the next Sister Wives season would premiere on Sun., Jan. 5, 2020. Since the announcement, it looks like the Brown family has taken to social media to reassure fans that they’re all still very much together.

On Thanksgiving, third wife Christine Brown shared what looks like a recent picture of all four wives with Kody together. She added the caption, “Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!! Thanks everyone for your kindness. We’ve been blessed!”

Earlier, on Nov. 18, Christine shared a photo of herself with Meri and Janelle hanging out at TGI Friday’s at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Janelle commented under the post, “It was fun to just sit with you guys away from the distractions.”

Some ‘Sister Wives’ viewers were surprised to see the family together

The next day, Kody’s third wife added yet another photo with all three other Brown wives next to a sign that said “proper attire required,” captioning it, “Look!! We have to wear appropriate clothing for dinner tonight!! So exciting for fine dining!” She added the hashtag “dinner without kids,” seeming to squash any rumors that she and the other sister wives didn’t spend time together outside of holidays and events with the Brown family’s many children.

Christine Brown shared a photo of all five Brown adults that same day, waxing poetic in the caption about her plural (polygamist) family. “We feel blessed to be able to embrace our plural family in public. So grateful for open mindedness,” the Sister Wives star wrote.

Janelle and Meri Brown also joined in on the action, sharing their own holiday photos with all the Sister Wives adults.

Recently, Meri Brown also took to her Instagram stories to share the pain of a miscarriage she had with Kody 12 years ago. “I woke up this morning thinking about how it would be to have my 12-year-old boy with me at Christmas this year,” she wrote sadly, adding the hashtag “miscarriage sucks.”

While some Sister Wives fans believe the change on social media means that Meri and Kody Brown are still going strong, others believe that it’s all to drum up publicity for the show.