TLC Sister Wives fans have witnessed the deterioration of Kody Brown’s relationship with her first wife, Meri Brown, for several seasons. Meri’s catfishing scandal and the couple’s legal divorce in 2014 – so that Kody could marry her fourth wife, Robyn Brown, and adopt her three children from her previous marriage – seemed to create even more tension for the struggling polygamous couple.
In the April 5th episode of Sister Wives, “Baby Steps,” Kody and Meri set off to meet their marriage therapist, Nancy.
During the intense counseling session, Kody Brown admitted that he felt as if he had stayed with his first wife out of sheer moral obligation and commitment. He also suggested that Meri Brown had deceived him before they were married. Fans immediately went straight to Twitter to hear Kody’s harsh words.
Sister Wives: Kody Brown Hinted That Meri Brown Wasn’t Honest About Who She Was Before Marriage
When Kody Brown opened up about the problems he had with his first wife, he revealed that he sometimes had the impression that Meri wasn’t honest with him about who she really was before they got married at a young age.
“I feel like I’ve been deceived by those alliances,” the star of Sister Wives told the TLC producers of the eternal promises he made to Meri in the Mormon fundamentalist temple when they got married.
He also explained, “Meri Brown and I had a very quick courtship with many expectations, very uncommunicative, and I didn’t really know the person I was marrying.
Kody Brown added that he no longer felt he wanted to be with Meri after finding out who she really was (or at least who was in her mind). He said, “As things evolved, I started to get very upset, even bitter about the situation I was in.
“I had reached a point where I was ready to wash my hands [of my relationship with Meri],” Kody Brown told Nancy as Meri watched, clearly horrified. He explained that he had stayed “out of the moral obligations I had made deceptive deals with.
Still, the star Sister Wives said he didn’t want to leave his first wife. “I don’t think Meri and I are interested in a breakup… I don’t think this is about religion. I think it’s about commitment,” revealed Kody Brown.
In the counseling session, Kody Brown also shared why he didn’t think he could ever be completely honest with Meri about the problems between them. “She goes completely into victim mode,” he said.
The 18-year-old polygamist father even claimed he had been trying to “save” Meri for years. In the end, Kody Brown said, he got burned and couldn’t feel guilty about her unhappiness anymore. “I can’t be her Jesus. I’ve been trying to do that for years,” he said. “I have a rescue complex.” All I’m trying to point out here is that sometimes it’s exhausting.”
Kody Brown and Meri agreed on one thing: that they would never get back what they had, and that they would essentially have to start over if they continued their marriage. Perhaps the most shocking thing is that Kody said he didn’t suffer at all from their relationship. “Meri mourns the loss of what we had,” said the star Sisters Wives. “But I regret what we had.”
Sister Wives: Some ‘Sister Wives’ Fans Took Kody Brown’s Side İn The Clash
While most Sister Wives fans sided with Meri Brown, some viewers went on Twitter during the episode to agree with Kody about Meri’s “victim mode”. Some viewers also pointed to the fact that Meri had conflicts with many of her adult Brown children and her three sister wives, not just with Kody.
“I can’t be the only one who thinks Kody Brown isn’t in the wrong in Meri’s situation,” one Twitter user wrote. “She doesn’t get along with anyone in the family. Pretty eloquent.”
Another agreed, claiming that Meri Brown was manipulative and controlling. “Meri is highly manipulative, and she knows it. I think if it wasn’t for #SisterWives, she would have left,” the fan wrote on Twitter.
One fan supported Kody’s comments about Meri playing the victim in every conflict. “If everyone who (for whatever reason) loves you says you act like a victim, then listen up!