The move of the Browns to Flagstaff from Las Vegas shocked many fans of TLC’s Sister Wives, because it seemed more than a little sudden. And with four mortgages back in Nevada, the family didn’t seem financially prepared for the move.
Kody Brown’s four wives, Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn Brown, met for lunch and revealed how isolated they felt living in separate houses, far from each other on the other side of town. The fourth wife Robyn Brown even let it slip that sometimes she didn’t feel part of a plural family at all.
Sister Wives – Robyn said she doesn’t even feel like she’s ‘in a plural family’
Meanwhile, fourth wife Robyn Brown, who said she always felt lonely in her first marriage and wanted to be part of a plural family in the second, also admitted that she was struggling with isolation in Flagstaff.
“We’re starting to feel the pinch of separation,” said the mother of five children. “We’re separated in rents, so we feel like we’re seeing even less of each other.”
The star of the Sister Wives even confessed that she didn’t feel part of a polygamous marriage at all. “I feel like I’m not part of a family plural right now. It was really, really weird,” she told the TLC producers.
Still, Robyn Brown hinted that both Meri’s isolation and her isolation were sometimes only part of being a wife in the plural (the polygamist’s wife). “Kody is a very busy person,” Robyn Brown said. “He has a lot of demands on her. It’s nothing personal that Kody Brown isn’t there every time [Meri] needs him. Because it’s not for any of us. And that’s what it means to be a wife in the plural.”
Sister Wives: The other wives agreed that they felt left out of the larger family
Third wife Christine and second wife Janelle shared the lonely feelings of their sister wives in Flagstaff.
Janelle Brown even said she was feeling so lonely that she began to show symptoms of depression. “I’m going a little crazy,” said the star Sister Wives. “The car won’t come out of my garage for a day or two, and suddenly I start wondering why I just want to lie on the couch and life is so hard, and it’s too hard to get dressed.” He concludes, “It’s the isolation.”
Kody Brown’s second wife confessed that she often wondered if Flagstaff was the right decision for the Brown family. “I’m starting to wonder, like, why do we live here? Why am I doing this?” she said to the producers. “I need to see people, and I need to see people I know and care about, because I can’t keep doing this.”
Even Christine Brown admitted she didn’t feel closer to her sister wives after she moved out.
“I feel like they were fine in my life without me and they didn’t need me in their life,” Kody Brown’s third wife told the producers of Sister Wives. “I just got this weird feeling that they were mad at me and didn’t really want anything to do with me.”