- Kody told Christine he “wasn’t attracted” to her on their wedding day.
- During Sunday’s season premiere of “Sister Wives,” they decided their marriage was over.
- “I can probably count on my hand how many times he told me I was really beautiful,” Christine said.
Kody Brown confessed to then-wife Christine Brown that he “wasn’t attracted” to her when they tied the knot in the season 17 premiere of TLC’s “Sister Wives,” which premiered on Sunday.
The episode – aptly called “It’s Over” – took place the first time Kody saw Christine after she moved her things into the garage, which we saw Kody find out in the season 16 finale. It featured the couple resurrecting the tough times in their marriage and finally coming to terms with that they were going to go their separate ways.
“OK, so we can sort this out more because it’s true that I wasn’t attracted to you guys when we got married,” Kody said mid-chat. Christine watched in shock as Kody continued. “I felt compelled to get married. I didn’t know better at the time,” he said.
The former couple had a “spiritual” wedding ceremony on March 25, 1994. They both practiced a fundamentalist Mormon faith and believed in plural marriage at the time. Kody was already legally married to his first wife Meri and spiritually married to his second wife Janelle.
They previously opened up about being disappointed with their wedding day on “Sister Wives,” though neither admitted they weren’t sure what step they were taking.
In Sunday’s episode, Kody called the circumstances in which they got married “not romantic,” although he said, “it was like we were following a destiny.” Christine said their union seemed romantic to her.
They agreed that they had built a good marriage for many years after that. Still, much of the conversation revolved around Kody saying his attraction to Christine began to wane when he realized she was abusing some of his sister wives.
“I had all of these criteria to meet for him to be attracted to me,” Christine said in an interview. “Can we just say it’s over then?” If I have to meet all of these criteria for him to be attracted to me, I just can’t be myself.
She said she knew she hadn’t been best friends with some of her sister wives because she was “jealous” of women who had better marriages with Kody than her.
The central problem in their relationship from Christine’s perspective had nothing to do with how she treats her sister wives. “I can probably count on my hand how many times he told me I was really beautiful,” Christine said in an interview.
“Being married to you was heartbreaking. And it was a pain,” she told Kody. “Because I tried for so long, so hard to be what you needed and do everything I could to make you want to be around me.”
Kody responded in his solo interview by saying his heart had been broken for “years” over Christine’s “complaints and hatred of plural marriage”. He said the reason he didn’t feel “attracted” to her was because he felt “betrayed” by her.
Christine said in an interview that Kody had a “favorite wife”, presumably referring to his fourth wife Robyn, whom he married in 2014.
When Christine made it clear she didn’t want to be married to him anymore, Kody said he agreed to that because “nobody’s a prisoner here.” They publicly announced their separation in November.
New episodes of “Sister Wives” air Sundays at 10 p.m. on TLC.