The Plath family from the new TLC-show Welcome to Plathville immediately drew comparisons with the Duggar family.
Like the Duggars, the Plaths, led by parents Kim and Barry Plath, are dedicated conservative Christian homeschoolers with many children. They also have a family connection and live on a vast farm in Georgia, where they deliberately remain isolated from most of the modern world. The Welcome to Plathville family has a number of strict rules, from no TV, internet or pop music to no sugary food or alcohol.
But the eldest son Ethan Plath married a much larger woman, Olivia Plath, in 2018. Since then, she has encouraged a division in the family between the more conservative members and those who are more adventurous. Ethan’s wife recently spoke to YouTuber Katie Joy of Without a Crystal Ball to explain how she met Ethan and how her arguments with her in-laws began.
Olivia says she feels ‘controlled’ by Ethan’s mom
Olivia Plath is a Christian like the rest of the Welcome to Plathville family, but besides that fundamental agreement she is very different from her. Both she and Ethan admit that they do not share all the strict values of his family.
In the first episodes of Welcome to Plathville Olivia admitted that she felt ‘controlled’ and ‘criticised’ by her mother-in-law Kim in particular about everything from her toothpaste to her clothing choices.
Meanwhile, Kim and Barry admitted that there was ‘tension’ with Ethan’s wife and that they believed she had ‘character problems’. They even said that they felt betrayed that Ethan and Olivia Plath had gone against their rules by spending time together alone in the Plath House while they were dating.
They were particularly concerned about Olivia’s friendship with their teenage daughter Moriah Plath, who is seen as the family rebelling with her brother Micah, who hopes to be a model. Moriah wants to go to a conventional university and recently went to San Francisco with her older sister-in-law for the first time.
Ethan and Olivia met at a family summer camp
Olivia Plath recently spoke to Katie Joy of Without a Crystal Ball for an exclusive interview about her upbringing, as well as her romance with Ethan, her conflicts with her in-laws and her performances at Welcome to Plathville.
Olivia Plath was originally from Virginia and was the fourth of the 10 children. Her family became more committed to their faith as she grew older, and their beliefs became stricter as she entered her teens. As a young woman, Olivia went with the rest of her family to a Christian family camp where she met Ethan and the Plaths in 2014.
According to Katie Joy, Olivia was initially unsure of Ethan because he was younger than her and naive. He also seemed more interested in her than in the beginning.
Kim Plath wanted Ethan and Olivia to date at first
After a while Olivia met Kim and Barry, who even invited her several times to visit their house in the hope that she would date Ethan. In the beginning it went well. Olivia is said to have even helped the Plaths set up their band websites and social media accounts.
Eventually, according to Katie Joy, Olivia and Ethan connected and fell in love, and started in-depth discussions about their hopes for the future. Olivia realized that Ethan wanted something different from the rest of his more fundamentalist Welcome to Plathville Family, and they started experimenting with new things.
Olivia introduced her husband to pop culture, sugary drinks like cola and even alcohol, which his family members do not drink. Since they were married, they have even travelled the world together.
The Plaths began to see Olivia as a bad influence on their children
The in-laws’ relationship changed, however, as Ethan and Olivia moved away from the traditional Plath family values together.. According to Katie Joy and Olivia, they began to see their daughter-in-law as a negative influence on their eldest son. While their more adventurous teenage children Moriah and Micah were attracted to Olivia and her values, they became even more suspicious.
The young Welcome to Plathville couple seems to be going strong, though. They blush over each other on social media, where Olivia also promotes her photography destination. According to YourTango, Olivia even hunted down and bought back the car Ethan originally sold to buy his wife’s engagement ring in a very romantic movement.