20 'Sister Wives' SECRETS That Will BLOW Your Mind!
eventApril 21, 2017
Only One Legal Wife
Although Kody Brown is known for having four wives, he is legally only married to Robyn. Kody actually had to divorce his first wife Meri in order to adopt Robyn's three children from a previous marriage.
Meri Was Catfished
While first wife Meri was going through her divorce with Kody, she began talking to someone who she believed to be a man named Sam. Well, it turned out that "Sam" was actually a woman named Jackie Overton, who plans on releasing a tell-all book. Whoops.
Faced Federal Charges
The Brown family first all lived in Utah, but while things were going good, they ended up facing federal charges. Since it's illegal in the state to live together with someone you aren't married to, they had to pack their bags and move.
The Family Tree
Curious about all the Brown children? You're not the only one. In fact, it's so difficult to keep up with each family member, that Kody actually ended up putting a family tree online!
As you can probably understand, Meri wasn't too thrilled when Janelle joined the family back in 1993. However, she became even more infuriated when Janelle beat her to the punch and got pregnant before her!
They Struggled Financially
As you can imagine, it can be financially draining providing for such a large family - 18 children to be exact. At one point, the Brown family only had $5 in their bank account and was $230,000 in debt!
A Friendly Set-Up
If you're wondering how Kody met his wife Janelle, it's actually a pretty weird story. The pair were introduced by Kody's first wife Meri - she and Janelle were pretty good friends at the time. Awkward!
Adding Another Wife
Could Kody possibly be adding a fifth wife to the family? He has been hinting at this, but three of the four have threatened to file for divorce if it were to happen. Rumor has it that Kody's nanny Mindy Jessop is in his sights, and she's actually Robyn's step-niece!
A Family Affair
Turns out the sister wives are weirdly close - Janelle actually used to be married to first wife Meri's brother, Adam Clark Barber. Talk about strange!
While it's no secret that Robyn's children were adopted by Kody, it seems that she's trying to cover up their past. Apparently, she had a portrait drawn up of Kody and the children as babies in an attempt to give the illusion that they were together all along.
Their Side Job
If you're wondering how the Brown family managed to dig their way out of such a substantial amount of debt, Kody and his wives work for Liv International - which is a global detox product company.
They've Had 'The Talk'
Apparently, Kody has given all of his children "the talk." In the conversation, he told his kids that relationships are serious - he even refers to kisses as a "commitment."
Since first wife Meri isn't able to carry any more children, Robyn actually offered to be a surrogate for her. However, Kody shot the idea down and said that if it wasn't going to happen naturally then it wasn't meant to be. Ouch.
Kody and Janelle had a total of six children together, all close in age. As a result, Janelle suffered from a severe case of postpartum depression - she even ended up leaving the family for two years to get better.
Kody and first wife Meri wasted no time - Kody proposed to her after only 2 months of knowing each other! We guess when you just know, you know.
Maddie was the first Brown child to tie the knot. She and her husband Caleb - who is actually one of her aunt's brothers, insist that they are going to stick to a traditional marriage.
Unfair Time Allocation
While Kody is supposed to switch staying with wives every night as a part of the polygamist "rules," he's been in pretty hot water with his wives - they have been complaining that he spends more time with Robyn than anyone else.
If you're wondering whether or not the Brown children will follow in their parents' footsteps, you might be surprised to learn that Kody and Meri's daughter, Mariah, is the only one who wants to live a polygamous lifestyle!
Robyn Called In Help
Sister wives are supposed to offer to help with all the children in the family - even the ones that they didn't give birth to. However, Robyn wasn't receiving any support, so she called in a cousin to help her out.
They're Not Jealous
You would think that living in a polygamous marriage might cause a bit of jealous, but according to the sister wives, they aren't jealous of each other - they just accept that it comes with the lifestyle!