Sister Wives star Christine Brown says she refused to settle for a sexless relationship as her 27-year marriage to polygamist Kody Brown unravels
Christine Brown revealed she refused to settle for a sexless relationship as her 27-year marriage to Kody unraveled on the family's television series.
The Sister Wives star, 49, talked about the end of her nearly three-decade long marriage to polygamist Kody in People's an exclusive look at next Sunday's episode.
She claimed the final issue leading to the unraveling of their relationship was when Kody said he no longer wanted 'an intimate marriage anymore.'
Telling her story: Christine Brown is finally opening up about why her marriage to Kody came to an end
'He goes, "I'm not interested in having an intimate marriage anymore. I don't like your behavior,"' the reality television star recounted. '"We'll see if you can be a good sister wife," and all this.
'I'm like, "Okay, so you don't want us to have an intimate marriage?" And he goes, "No." I'm like, "That's not enough for me. I can't not have an intimate marriage."'
Christine isn't the first wife Kody, 53, has tried to end intimacy with. He is married to three other women: Janelle, 52, Meri, 51, and Robyn, 43.
The reality star is no longer intimate with Meri, though he continues to have a physical relationship with Janelle and Robyn.
'I'm heartbroken,' Christine went on to say. 'My heart's shattered, to be honest with you.'
An unfortunate ending: The Sister Wives star talked about the end of her nearly 30-year-long marriage to Kody; (L–R) Janelle, Christine, Kody, Meri and Robyn seen in 2015 in Las Vegas
Recurring pattern: Christine isn't the first wife Kody has tried to end intimacy with. He is married to three other women, and no longer has an intimate marriage with one of them
Christine also revealed that this latest impasse wasn't the first strike against their marriage. She claimed that Kody previously told her he didn't find her attractive anymore.
'It's over. The intimate part of our marriage is over,' she continued. 'And to be honest, I'm not okay with that. I'm not okay with staying in a marriage where there's no intimacy. That's not a real marriage. I'm not interested in a half marriage or a partial marriage or whatever we have.'
The pair announced their separation last year. She wrote a statement announcing the news which she posted to Instagram.
'We will continue to be a strong presence in each other's lives as we parent our beautiful children and support our wonderful family,' she wrote. 'At this time, we ask for your grace and kindness as we navigate through this stage within our family.'
Strained: Janelle Brown, who married Kody in 1993, said on Sunday night's show that her relationship with her husband is 'pretty strained'; still from Sister Wives season 16
Questioning everything: Janelle admitted she has been reflecting on whether or not she still wants to be in a polygamist relationship now that her kids are grown up; still from Sister Wives
Kody's wife Janelle Brown, who married him in 1993, said on Sunday night's show that her relationship with her husband is also 'pretty strained.'
'I've caught myself in the last few weeks really reflecting and being like, "Okay, look: Do I still choose plural marriage?"' she admitted. 'Yeah, I still choose it, but I've had to have that conscious decision with myself.'
Janelle said such questions rose to her mind because Kody implemented COVID-19 protocol rules that prevented any of his other wives from going with Janelle to her mother's funeral.
Janelle said the Brown family had 'lost sight that we're all in this together' amid the changing times, and that she wasn't sure the plural marriage was the best option for her with her children getting older.
'I've had to really think,' Janelle told Robyn Brown, who Cody married in 2014. 'My children are almost grown and there's not a huge necessity anymore to stay. It was a wonderful way to raise children.'
Kody shares six kids with Janelle, one with Meri, six with Christine and two biological children with Robyn. He also legally adopted three of Robyn's children from a previous relationship.