Christine Explains Why She Left Kody

Share his side. Christine Brown is finally figuring out why she chose to leave Kody Brown amid her struggles with plural marriage — and isn’t happy about it.

“I had three wives who threatened to leave me in and out of all of our marriages. The threat of leaving is always there,” Kody, 53, says in We Weeklythe exclusive clip from the Sunday September 18 episode of sister wives.

Christine, 50, shocked fans of the TLC series when she announced via Instagram in November 2021 that she and the Wyoming native had separated. As Season 17 continues, she notes how difficult polygamy has proven to be.

Christine and Kody Brown. Justin Stephens/Discovery; Puddle Monkey Prods/Kobal/Shutterstock

“Even when things were tough, I just thought, ‘Well, it can be tough. Plural marriage can be tough. I just thought it was okay to be sad, and I think I was much sadder than I thought,” the reality star shares in Sunday’s episode. “But I tried. I tried to be happy as much as possible and certainly, I always found joy in things. Plural marriage is difficult. It’s really difficult.

Kody’s second wife, Janelle Brownwho he spiritually married in 1993 and with whom he shares six children, says during a confessional that Kody and Christine’s breakup was “an inevitability”.

His first wife, Meri Brownwhom he married in 1990, went on to compare plural marriage to “any other marriage.”

“If the parties involved aren’t interested or willing to do it, there really isn’t much else to do,” the 51-year-old, who shares Leon, 27, told the camera. , with Kody.

Robyn Brown – who married the seller in 2010 and shares two children with him, as well as her three children from a previous relationship – notes that it’s important not to get “lazy” in a polygamous marriage.

“You have to choose it every day,” adds Kody’s fourth wife, 43, in a confessional. “You have to want everyone in the family to be happy as much as you want you to be happy. This is the only way to do it successfully, in my opinion.

Kody and Christine were together for 25 years before calling it quits. They share six children: son Paedon, 23, and daughters Aspyn, 27, Mykelti, 26, Gwendlyn, 20, Ysabel, 19 and Truely, 12.

“I want to apologize for being so angry,” the Brown family patriarch told his former partner in the preview. “I just said, ‘Christine, what do you want?’ And you said, ‘I just want to be free.’ I’m sorry for being so angry.

The Utah native calls his ex’s confession “sweet” as he points out he had to do “a lot of soul-searching” when considering how he treated her throughout their relationship and their subsequent breakup.

Although Christine says she feels “really grateful” that Kody wasn’t “angry” during their conversation, he calls her decision to leave their relationship a “major injustice”.

“I need to get to a place where I can rejoice in your happiness and freedom,” Kody continues to Christine during their conversation.

“Thank you, that’s like the nicest thing you’ve ever said, by the way,” she replies, later revealing in her confessional that it was the best thing he’s said to her “in years.” .

sister wives Season 17 airs on TLC at 10 p.m. ET.

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