Sister Wives' Meri Shared Her Painful Side Of The Story After Kody Said Their Marriage Was Over

Sister Wives may never be the same again — because Meri and Kody Brown are no longer "spiritually married." Kody confirmed the news in a Meri-focused episode of Sister Wives: One on One, saying, "If [Meri] wanted to move on and marry another, she wouldn't get an argument with me." But he didn't get to have the final word. Meri soon stepped up to tell her agonizing truth about the decades-long relationship.

A shocking decision

Meri's first reaction to the break-up was confusion — and perhaps a little hurt. After all, Meri seemingly heard about the news while recording Sister Wives: One on One. She actually had to watch a clip from season 17 of Sister Wives to hear Kody confirm their split. “He just made the decision,” Meri said immediately afterward. “I’ve never heard him say that to me.”

Confusion and surprise

Meri was particularly puzzled by Kody's tactics considering how upset he had been when Christine — one of his other wives — had divorced him in 2021. She said Kody had complained, "She just made this decision. We didn’t consult, we didn’t talk, she just made the decision." Meri added, "And then he says, ‘No, I don’t consider myself married to Meri.’” But it's not as though the pair had enjoyed the perfect marriage.

A different lifestyle

Meri and Kody actually got married in 1990. “I was a little taken with Kody right off the bat,” Meri revealed in the Browns' 2012 memoir, Becoming Sister Wives. The couple had one child together, Leon Brown, in 1995. But as Meri grew up in a polygamist environment, it should come as no surprise that other women had already been introduced into the relationship by this point.

Just the five us

In 1993 Janelle entered the picture, followed just one year later by Christine. Janelle had the "strangest feeling" of attraction when she first met Kody, and Christine had crushed on the man since she was 18 years old. So even though Kody remained legally married to Meri, he was now spiritually married to Janelle and Christine. But that changed when Robyn entered the picture in 2014.