The sons of Sister wives they are not following in their parents’ footsteps. ET’s Deidre Behar spoke with Kody, Meri, Christine, Janelle, and Robyn Brown ahead of the premiere of their TLC show’s 10th season, and the reality stars revealed that their children are not interested in having plural marriages themselves.
While Janelle said her oldest daughter, Madison, 25, loves how she grew up, she doesn’t see a plural marriage in the future for any of her children. Janelle is also the mother of Logan, 26, Hunter, 24, Garrison, 22, Gabriel, 20, and Savanah, 16.
“I think we can recognize that they love [having a] big family and brothers and sisters. [They] has not expressed interest in plural marriage, but [they] they love family so they have separated how the family grew up and how they want to live their life, “said Janelle.” … We have always been professionals to find your own relationship with God and make your own decisions. The fact that we do it does not necessarily mean that it is for you. We are quite open with that choice. “
Meanwhile, Christine noted that her six children – Aspyn, 25, Mykelti, 24, Paedon, 22, Gwendlyn, 19, Ysabel, 17, and Truely, 10 – “are not open to the plural” at all.
“We have talked and none of my children are going to live our lifestyle,” he told ET.
As for Robyn’s five children (Dayton, 20, Aurora, 17, Breanna, 15, Solomon, 9, and Ariella, 5), she said they are “not really thinking” about dating, let alone marriage, about dating. this moment.
“What makes them happy is the most important thing. Four of us chose this, we went through a process of individually deciding if we wanted this. We all gave our own testimony,” Robyn said. “… We would never take that away from our children. [They] They need to find their own path and beliefs to live their life to the fullest. “
“… Sometimes it’s not something you decide right away … [It’s] something you grow up on and decide with your spouse, “he added.” … Up to now [it] it doesn’t seem like [they’ll have plural marriages, but] you never know. “
Meri, who is the mother of Mariah, 25, said she is “not surprised” that the family’s children are not interested in a plural marriage.
“It shows me and everyone that we don’t force our family to do what we think we should do,” he said. “… What we have tried to do with our family [is] allow that space for each child to grow up and embrace what they want to embrace. “
Meanwhile, Kody said she tries to “stay out of the way” in her children’s love lives. “I don’t really defend [for them to] be plural or not, “he said.” I see it as something that they would work out with their spouse. “
The tenth season of Sister wives, which premiered on February 14, will show marital problems between Kody and Meri, who, according to Kody, have been separated for four years.
“Meri and I have a friendly relationship … but we’ve had a real struggle. This year we have some very difficult conversations,” Kody said, adding that “I have no doubt that we can survive this.”
“I have not lived in his house for four years,” he continued. “… Basically, we have been trying to fix our relationship so that we can save it … It is a separate marriage. It is a marriage that needs to work out some things.”
While Meri admitted that the couple have had their “ups and downs,” she, like Kody, believes they will persevere.
“It’s just a question of what your level of commitment is … You just keep working … on relationships and doing all the things and you keep getting better,” he said. “… You work for it and you get to a point [where] it’s good.”
While every relationship has its ups and downs, the women and Kody said they don’t anticipate adding another wife to the mix.
“It’s been talked about basically since the first season,” Meri said. “… I don’t know about you ladies, but I don’t see it happening.” Kody agreed, telling ET that “there will never be a fifth wife.”
And while Robyn noted that the family’s religious belief is “to bring as many children to Earth as possible” and that having more children is “always something we consider,” Kody said, “I don’t think I have any more children.” children.”
Even without the addition of more wives or children, Kody has a lot to balance, making sure to spend time with each member of the family on a “rotating schedule.”
“The way you spend your time is always flexible and adjustable. Usually in a COVID-free year when there are no worries, you’re practically moving every day or two to a different home,” Janelle said. “That, of course, fits if there are birthdays … [It’s] Days or number of days are not established. Try to keep it fairly fair. “
Sharing with the world how they work to be a cohesive unit is something that every member of the family is passionate about.
“It’s been really amazing to make a difference in so many lives. There have been a lot of our friends and family living in secrecy and we’ve been able to really give them options when it comes to being open. That has been quite rewarding,” Janelle said. . “This year, our friends finally succeeded in decriminalizing polygamy in Utah. That was … a huge milestone that we made the show for, so it was no longer so destructive to be open about their family.”
“We have so many people … who always come up to me and say, ‘Thank you so much for showing a family full of love, full of regular tests, regular ups and downs. Just keep connecting. Keep doing it and you’re engaged. You love each other. Thank you. for being an example of that, ‘”Meri added. “So it’s great … I feel very grateful.”
As for how long Sister wives will continue, Janelle hopes the show stays on the air “as long as we keep doing good,” while Kody said it will continue to do so as long as “Americans don’t say, ‘You’re grossing us out so bad.’
Despite their best efforts, some people still don’t understand family dynamics. For Robyn, however, she wants viewers to know that she and the other wives “chose” this life.
“We are not broken. The biggest and most important thing is love in our family,” Robyn said. “Even though we have problems in our family, we are always working to solve them and make ourselves stronger as a family, whatever it looks like.”
Season 10 of Sister wives airs Sundays on TLC.