Emotions ran high on last night’s episode as Kody Brown, the wives, and kids were all reduced to tears, revealing how terrorized they’d felt about being persecuted for polygamy.
Sister Wives‘ Kody Brown, his four wives, and 17 kids, finally felt safe enough to break down talking about the daily fear they’d felt before they escaped Utah and moved to Las Vegas. It was like the family was so traumatized by their dramatic escape from authorities who were prosecuting them for polygamy, that they could only start dealing with their feelings now.
‘Sister Wives’ Leaving Utah: Robyn Thought Kody Brown Betrayed Her
Their decision to flee Utah came after the family bravely went public about their polygamy, even though their fundamentalist Mormom lifestyle was illegal in the state. “The worst moment for me was when we went public and I didn’t know if people were going to throw tomatoes at us or spit at us,” Janelle Brown revealed about the family’s decision to film a TV show about their polygamous marriage.
Kody explained ton this episode of Sister Wives that he had felt that it was his “solemn duty to go public,” despite his terrible fear about the possible repercussions.
“When a family is investigated for polygamy, they break up the family,” Kody explained with his voice breaking. That’s why he decided that the family had to leave Utah pronto and escape to the safety of Las Vegas in Nevada. He revealed that he had to sound upbeat and “sell” his desperate move to his wives and kids by calling it a “Vegas vacation.”
“I had to sell the dream, so everyone would get invested,” he said. “It was my responsibility. I had to find the silver lining.”
When the show, Sister Wives, had initially documented the family’s flight to Las Vegas, it appeared that at least all the adults in the crowded marriage were on board with the move. But last night’s show pulled back the curtain and exposed the real turmoil and conflict that the Browns had actually gone through.
“It was very difficult to trust the idea [Kody] had. I felt like he betrayed me and I didn’t know how to deal with the emotions,” Robyn Brown confessed. “It really tested my trust in him.” Worse than the misgivings of his wives was the resentment and anger that the Brown kids felt about the moves.
“Moving was terrible,” recalled Janelle, who reminded everyone of how sullen and miserable son, Hunter Brown, now 16, had been for months.
“I was really upset and I told them I wasn’t going with them,” Janelle’s daughter, Madison Brown, 17, also recalled. “I blamed all my parents, especially my dad. I was angry at him for a very long time. But now I think it was the best thing I could ever have done.”
It became easier to understand how freaked out the adults had been when they revealed more about their heartbreaking growing up experiences.
“When I was just eight, we were told that if people had found out, my dad would be put in prison. I would lie and lie and lie,” remembered Christine Brown.
Robyn agreed: “You’re at an age when you’re raised not to lie, but then you have to lie to other adults.”
The Brown Family Celebrates Kody’s Birthday and Business Investment
Going public about their polygamy turns out to have been a liberating experience for the family, and the wives’ experiences were poignant.
“The best thing about it was that before, I was never able to be openly known as Kody’s wife — that’s only happened in the last three or four years,” said second wife, Janelle. “To be openly known as Kody’s wife is a cool thing.”
Poor Janelle. I admit, I really felt for her having to hide the fact that she’d been married for upteen years and had six kids — what a secret!
Even worse was the effect the secrecy had on the family’s 17 kids. “You can’t imagine what it’s like to raise kids without fear [now] and to be able to tell everyone that you have this big, incredible family, explained Christine.”
The kids also opened up about how relieved they felt now. It was like the family hadn’t even really been aware of how oppressed they felt before. “I used to have to say that all these guys (her sisters and brothers) were my friends,” admitted Meri’s daughter, Mariah Brown, 18. “It’s better now.”
Kody Brown Toasts To Family In Las Vegas
The family sure had a lot to celebrate as they planned a ‘Vegas’ surprise birthday party for Kody. And especially since they actually received an initial $250,000-$500,000 investment in their My Sisterwife’s Closet business.
Hmm, I don’t know that the investors realized they were actually funding Robyn’s new baby-making project, but…
You have to hand it to Kody for at least remaining committed to his massive family and crazy life running from wife to wife to wife.
“What a privilege to get to be the lucky guy to get these beautiful wives and as much as they challenge me and question me or call me stupid sometimes, there still is the honor of trust,” he toasted at his party.
Oh Kody, you made your multiple beds and it’s good that you like lying in them all!
— Bonnie Fuller
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