Christine Brown put her house on the market and got an offer on the November 6 episode of Sister Women. That meant she had to tell Cody Brownas well as Meri Brown, Janelle Brown and Robyn Brown that she was leaving for Utah in a week. She knew it was going to be a “difficult” conversation, and her prediction was true. While Janelle was happy for Christine and at peace with the decision, Kody, Meri and Robyn were still hurt, frustrated and angry.
First, the family had a disagreement over Christine’s use of the word “divorce.” Robyn and Kody disagreed that he and Christine were “separated,” even though Christine had been saying so for months. “Christine just saying ‘I’m divorced’ kind of invalidates our beliefs,” Robyn admitted. “We are spiritually married to Kody through our church. If we want to divorce, then we have to go and get their approval. Usually they need counseling and many meetings. Technically, from my understanding, until Christine is physical with another man…she is not divorced.”
However, from Christine’s point of view, she had already left the faith, so she did not need to adhere to those guidelines. “I have no legal contract binding me with Kody [since we’re just spiritually married],” she explained. “There was no legal process we had to go through. Neither of us are part of that religion anymore, so I just say “I’m divorced,” I don’t see a problem with that at all.
Next, Kody reiterated his anger towards Christine for telling other people in the family that she was planning to leave before telling him. Robyn jumped into the conversation, and amid a bit of miscommunication, she called Christine a “liar.” They finally realized that they were talking about two completely different things, and were able to move on from the discussion.
Kody then pointed out that Christine’s decision to leave was the opposite of what the band had tried to preach to the public for years. “We worked so hard and begged the public to accept our marriage, our family,” he explained. “And within a moment she decided we were divorced. It feels like it delegitimizes everything I’ve worked for for so long.”
However, Christine was confident in her decision. “When I chose to leave Kody, I knew I would be public about it and it was a decision I made that other people would know about,” she shared. “One of the things I was worried about was whether I would be seen as a fraud and a liar. But I know without a doubt that I spent years trying to make it work. I have a clear conscience and know I gave my best. If people want to look at me and think differently, fine. I can’t do anything about it. Being a mother is my most important thing. I could not, in good conscience, stay married to someone who had favorites and made them very public and someone who was breaking my children’s hearts. I had to stand with them instead. I wanted to do it for them.”