“This seems to be the top of our plural marriage,” says Kody after Meri drops a “bomb” on him and Robyn — who breaks down in sobs over the state of affairs.
On Sunday’s new episode of Sister Wives, Kody Brown’s first spouse let him and Robyn know of her plans to depart Flagstaff behind and transfer full time to Parowan, Utah — the place she runs an inn.
Her determination additionally appeared like an official break from Kody and their plural marriage, leaving Kody with solely Robyn by his aspect after Christine left him and Janelle determined to separate as effectively.
Kody and Meri married in 1990 however divorced in 2014 so Kody may legally marry Robyn. Whereas they remained spiritually married, they drifted aside in recent times — one thing made worst when, in 2015, Meri admitted to getting into a catfishing relationship with somebody she thought was a person however turned out to be a lady. Her marriage with Kody has been fairly platonic ever since.
After he made it clear on their thirty second marriage ceremony anniversary in April 2022 that something romantic between them was “by no means going to occur,” they spent the subsequent six months drifting even additional aside. “So for the previous six months since he had that dialog with me, I’ve needed to actually take lots of time to determine what I want,” mentioned Meri within the new hour, “and the truth that there actually isn’t any dedication or covenant, he is already damaged it.”
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“I actually really feel like I used to be emotionally deserted by him many, a few years in the past, effectively earlier than the catfishing,” Meri continued, earlier than including how their relationship took one other hit when she watched final season of the present because it aired and noticed Kody say he did not “contemplate myself married to Meri anymore.”
“That was fairly insulting and fairly vulgar for him to simply be open to that,” mentioned Meri, who believed Robyn would really be the one one who cared when she knowledgeable them of her determination to depart.
“Is now a very good time to drop a bomb? I wasn’t even planning on speaking about this, however I assume right here we’re,” started Meri when she met up with each Kody and Robyn, earlier than telling them she was shifting to Utah full time. “It is all coupled with all the pieces else that is been happening, within the statements of Kody has made to me this yr that I most likely will not be renewing my lease right here,” she added.
Robyn then started to interrupt down crying when Meri mentioned she wasn’t positive whether or not it was only a short-term transfer. “I am not going to apologize for what I do know in my coronary heart is what I have to do,” Meri added in a confessional, “if it will damage Robyn’s emotions, if Kody’s going to be leaping for pleasure, regardless of the emotion that any individual else has about it’s irrelevant.”
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Meri appeared straight at Kody and advised him that “issues that you have mentioned to me and about me this yr, it adjustments issues.” She went on to say that she and Kody had an off-camera dialog days earlier the place it appeared their marriage “was not going to maneuver ahead.” Nonetheless, per Meri, Kody wished to maintain their break up personal, whereas she wished it public.
“I felt like we had determined that we’re simply going to should go on being pals as a result of we’re not going to be in a wedding. That is what I believed we had actually agreed to,” Kody mentioned in his personal confessional. “You need one thing that we won’t have collectively, and we are able to at all times have one thing else, however not that,” he then advised her, earlier than Robyn walked off in tears.
As Kody and Meri talked one-on-one, he advised her he felt it was “ridiculous to remain in a duty-bound marriage,” as she mentioned she did not assume that was “honest” for both of them. When he then mentioned it was laborious to just accept “that it is not going to return to a spot that works for what you are searching for,” she pushed again in a confessional, saying it felt like he was placing the blame on her and never taking any accountability of his personal.
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When Robyn returned to the desk, Meri advised her it felt “like we simply had a breakup dialog.” Kody acknowledged it as an ending too, saying he was glad the 2 may nonetheless be “pals within the a part of the departure.”
“I am not going to drive any individual to be with me who does not wish to be with me. I am not going to make any individual act how they do not wish to act,” Meri then advised him, earlier than Kody mentioned he’d be all the way down to act if that is what she wished.
“I’m prepared to faux being in love with Meri, doing my duties as a husband, type of placing up with issues that frustrate me so deeply that I wrestle to be round her,” he confessed. “If I have to, for the sake of no matter … I can faux via this. I do not wish to. However in the event you’re gonna insist, than we’ll.”
Meri was adamant her determination would not change what their relationship has been for the previous few years, telling Robyn “nothing’s gonna change.” She added, “it is not honest for me to be alone like I’ve been for years. And it is not honest for him to really feel like he has to do an obligation” — earlier than including in a confessional she simply has to be taught ” be pals with my ex-husband’s spouse” going ahead.
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Robyn was clearly upset with all of this, with Kody explaining why in a confessional.
“Robyn got here into our household particularly as a result of she supposed to reside plural marriage. This seems to be the top of our plural marriage,” he mentioned. “That is goodbye. It was a negotiation that was lengthy overdue. However we have agreed now and I hope she finds peace as a result of I’ll.”
The hour ended with Robyn sitting on her personal, sobbing.
“I wished to sit down on a porch with my sister wives, right here on this property with our children and our grandkids and Kody working round like he does and having a household,” she expressed via tears, earlier than concluding, “I do not perceive.”
Kody and Meri introduced in a joint assertion again in January that that they had “completely terminated” their “marriage relationship,” only a few months after this episode was filmed.
Sister Wives airs Sundays on TLC.