When TLC’s reality show Sister Wives first aired in 2010, the cast was committed to painting a picture of a functional polygamist family, but this perfect image has been fractured, due to Christine Brown’s divorce from husband, Kody Brown. Christine was Kody’s third wife, and he remains married to Meri, Janelle, and Robyn Brown. Although the wives are theoretically equal, Robyn holds the legal title, while the others are engaged in spiritual unions. Fans have been very supportive of Christine, and recently took to social media to bash Kody for his comments about Christine’s cash.
While Kody was baffled when he was kicked out of Christine’s house, he continued to believe that her decision was a temporary flight of fancy. She revealed firm plans to move away from the family home in Flagstaff, Arizona, and live in Utah, where her extended family resides. Kody’s objections were centered on keeping the family united. While five of Christine’s six children (Aspyn Brown, Mykelti Padron, Paedon Brown, Gwendlyn Brown, and Ysabel Brown) were out of the house, 11-year-old Truely Brown would relocate to Utah with Christine.
Kody was open about being concerned that he’d have trouble seeing Truely, who still hadn’t been informed about her parents’ divorce. However, the conversation soon turned to a less noble worry, which was money. “This is what I’m afraid of,” Kody told Christine on the show. “You take Truely and you go to Utah. The most polygamy-unfriendly state in the union. You get a boyfriend who wants some of our money. And between you, your boyfriend, and the state of Utah, I lose any access to Truely and all my money.” The statement seemed to come out of nowhere, taking Christine aback. The patriarch continued: “Utah. A greedy boyfriend. A user. A greedy new husband.”
Fans have been quick to point out the nebulous origin of the “money” that Kody’s so concerned about. Twitter user terri asked, “What exactly does Kody do for a living? He keeps on talking about all his money! #SisterWives.” It also appears that the wives’ assets are already individually divided, giving Kody no power over Christine’s finances, whether she finds a new partner or not. When Kody ordered Janelle to kick their sons Gabe and Garrison Brown out of the house, for failing to abide by Kody’s COVID rules, Janelle told producers, “Dude, you’re not even on the lease. I’m on the lease. My boys aren’t going anywhere.” If he has no say over finances with spiritual wife Janelle, who is still his partner, he’ll have much less with Christine.
An earlier bone of contention involved Kody and Robyn hiring a nanny during the COVID-19 pandemic. He and his legal wife share two children together, 6-year-old Ariella Brown, and 11-year-old, Solomon Brown. Employing a nanny to help with the children’s upbringing and education caused friction between Kody and the wives, as the women wondered why help was needed, when stay-at-home mother Robyn rarely even left the house. Furthermore, it was noted that the patriarch is almost always over at Robyn’s place. His request that the wives not bring outsiders (including their own children) into their homes, due to the risk of contamination, seemed ludicrous, in light of Robyn’s superfluous nanny. Ironically, the helper did end up contracting COVID-19. This led to Christine’s infamous quote, “What does the nanny do?”
Christine Brown is asserting her independence by divorcing spiritual husband Kody Brown during this Sister Wives season. Her reasons involve freeing herself from a union that lacked love and intimacy. However, Kody sees the split in a more practical light. He’s worried that a new “user” boyfriend will rob him of daughter Truely, as well as the funds he shares with Christine. Fans are seeing past his rationale. After all, Kody has been wanton with the family’s finances, time and again. He and Christine probably don’t share many assets legally, as their marriage was spiritual, and they don’t share a residence. Maybe what Kody is really afraid of is losing his power.