“Christine’s decision to leave comes with great sadness”, the patriarch of the Brown family wrote on Instagram after his third wife broke the news. “We have spent many years together and I have a great deal of respect and admiration for her. Even if we are moving forward on different paths, we will always remain committed parents. “
The duo, who married in March 1994, share six children: Aspyn (born March 1995), Mykelti (born June 1996), Paedon (born August 1998), Gwendlyn (born October 2001), Ysabel (born in June 2003) and Veramente (born in April 2010).
When Christine joined the polygamous family, Kody already had two other wives. She married her first, Meri Brown, in April 1990. Janelle Brown became his second wife in January 1993. (Polygamy is illegal in the United States, so the union of Kody and Meri was the only one recognized by law.)
Christine, who grew up in a polygamous family, said she realized she wanted to be part of a plural marriage when she was only 19.
“I honestly wanted sister wives more than a husband for a good time in my life,” she explained in Sisters Wives before the series, which aired in September 2010. “I want the whole family. I didn’t just want Kody. No, I wanted everything. “
She also knew that she specifically wanted to become someone’s third wife, because she believed it was the “easiest” position available in a polygamous household. “I never wanted to be the first because I didn’t want to be married to a guy alone,” she explained. “And then I didn’t want to be a second because I felt like they were a little wedge in the relationship, and I didn’t want to be the wedge. I’ve always wanted to be the third. “
When Kody brought a fourth wife into the family, however, Christine didn’t hesitate to express her skepticism. Kody has started courting Robyn Brown in 2010 and the couple married in May of the same year. He later divorced Meri so he could officially marry Robyn and legally adopt her three children from a previous relationship.
In March 2021, Christine admitted that she didn’t always feel like an “equal partner” in her relationship with Kody and the other wives. “The thing I’ve struggled the most with is when I feel I don’t have a say or when I feel I’m not that important or something,” he said. Us Weekly at the time. “Whenever we’ve made important decisions, I go through a moment where I’m like, ‘Does my opinion really matter here too?’ This is the time when we fight the most. “
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