16 Shocking Things You Didn’t Know About Sister Wives
In 2010, the show Sister Wives debuted on TLC and instantly had tongues wagging. The show in all its controversy is a hit. It came after the popularity of the fictional hit TV show Big Love about polygamy and gave it a reality spin. Now into its 12th season, it remains captivating to many viewers, week after week. The show follows the story of polygamist Kody Brown and his four wives, and their individually combined families while navigating laws, social unacceptance, and of course, the balance of having four wives. Sister Wives may have outraged and disgusted viewers at first, but in time, audiences have connected with the women and their families. It’s not without a ton of shock value and here’s some things you may not have known about Kody and his wives.
16. Only Legally Married to One Wife
While they live as polygamists, Kody is only legally married to one. The rest are “spirtual unions.” Kody legally wed Meri in 1990. He then had “spiritual unions” with Janelle in 1993, Christine in 1994, and Robyn in 2010. However, in 2014 Meri legally divorced Kody, so that he could legally marry Robyn, a move that allowed him to adopt her children and allow them access to his benefits. By being legally married to only one wife, he seemingly avoids the legal ramifications of bigamy.
15. Wife #2 Is the Ex-Wife of Wife #1’s Brother
Gasp! What?! You read correctly – Janelle (aka Wife #2) was married to first wife Meri’s brother. How’s that for awkward family dynamics? While Janelle divorced first husband Adam Barber in 1990, after only two years of marriage, Janelle actually met Kody in 1989 and admits to feeling a strong connection with him. It’s unclear when the first move was made, but it was Janelle who first showed interest. Kody stated in their book, “It felt proper that Janelle should make the official opening move. In many ways, it’s more appropriate. After all, I was a married man. I should not be making moves on women. That would defile my relationship with Meri.”