Christine Brown reveals in the season 17 promo of “Sister Wives,” “I’m going to leave Kody.”
In a confessional interview with Kody, she admits, “Robyn’s more important.”
The season, which begins on September 11, opens with Christine’s decision appearing to irk Kody’s other wives.
According to the trailer that was made available on Monday, Christine and Kody Brown’s marriage will formally dissolve during season 17.
It’s been horrible being your wife for years, Christine, 50, tells Kody, 53, in a dialogue between the two that is shown in the teaser.
Christine confides to producers during a private confessional interview that she believes Robyn is more significant to Kody. Kody’s third wife believes that his fourth wife, Robyn, is at the top of a hierarchy that her husband has been enforcing among his wives for many years.
In a confessional interview footage that appears later in the trailer, Christine states, “I accepted to be a sister wife, but I agreed to be an equal wife.”
In the trailer, Christine says, “I have decided to leave, I’m going to leave Kody,” but viewers can’t see who she is speaking to.
In November 2021, the ex-couples first revealed their separation to the world through Instagram posts.
When the ex-couple wed in a religious ceremony that was not legal in March 1994, Christine became Kody’s third spiritual wife. Aspyn, 27, Mykelti, 26, Paedon, 24, Gwendlyn, 20, Ysabel, 19, and Truely, 12, are their six children.
Since season one of the reality series “Sister Wives,” which began filming around August 2009 and debuted its first episode in the fall of 2010, fans of TLC’s “Sister Wives” know that Christine has consistently struggled with Kody’s courting and ultimate marriage to Robyn.
The family’s residence in recent years has caused stress between the ex-spouses in addition to their ongoing struggle with her wanting more attention from Kody.
Kody relocated his four women and 18 children to Las Vegas, Nevada, during season two of the show because they were under investigation in Utah after going public with their polygamous lifestyle. The Brown family has resided in Flaggstaff, Arizona, for a number of seasons of the show, and they have plans to construct homes there.
Christine, however, wished to return to Utah since, according to the New York Times, polygamy will no longer be a crime there starting in 2020. Also in 2020, Kody’s stringent COVID-19 regulations caused friction with several of his wives, including Christine.
During COVID, the Brown family secluded themselves, keeping each of the children who still resided at home with their respective original moms. But Kody would only pay visits to homes that adhered to his extremely rigorous standards, which included cleaning mail and food before bringing them inside, changing into fresh clothing after leaving the house, and refraining from traveling or paying visits to other wives’ adult children.
Christine disobeyed some of these rules to visit Janelle and her children, go to the east coast so her daughter Ysabel could have scoliosis surgery, and visit her adult children, as was depicted in “Sister Wives,” season 16.
Since Kody and his first wife Meri have been separated for a long time, he spent the majority of the pandemic only seeing Robyn and her children.
In the new season’s trailer, Robyn, who spiritually wed Kody in May 2010, remarked, “I’m not ready for Christine to leave.”
Janelle Brown, Kody Brown, Christine Brown, Robyn Brown, Meri Brown, and Janelle Brown Getty Images/Frederick M. Brown
In a subsequent candid interview, Robyn continues, “I would never do anything to this family to hurt it. I only wish that more people were aware of that.
In the new season’s trailer, Kody can be seen yelling in anger while having a meeting with Christine and his wives. She has “never tried,” he claims, to develop a positive relationship with “other people” in the family.
After all of the “sacrifices that I made to love you,” he continues, Christine’s decision to leave is “a knife in the kidneys.”
At 10 p.m. ET on TLC, “Sister Wives” season 17 debuts.