- Robyn Brown said on “Sister Wives” that Christine is not divorced until she is with another man.
- He also said Christine was “invalidating” the family’s beliefs.
- Christine no longer believes in the teachings of the family sect of the Mormon church.
“Sister Wives” star Robyn Brown questioned the legitimacy of Kody and Christine Brown’s divorce on Sunday’s episode of the TLC series.
In a separate interview discussing the nature of separation in a polygamous family, Robyn said: “Technically, from my understanding, until Christine is physically with another man, she is not divorced.”
Robyn explained that the Brown family’s sect of the Mormon church – known as the Apostolic United Brethren (AUB) – requires a struggling couple to get the church’s “approval” and attend counseling and meetings before for them to be allowed to use the word divorce, even when they are “spiritually” married to someone and there is no legal paperwork involved.
He also said Christine was “invalidating our beliefs” by saying she was divorced without actually going through that process.
The subject came up during a conversation Christine had with each of her sister and Kody’s ex-wives to tell them that she had closed on a house in Utah and was moving in a week.
Everyone quickly explained during the discussion that the church’s way of doing things was no longer important in the case of Christine and Kody because Christine was no longer part of the faith.
But in a separate interview, Kody seemed worried that Christine’s desires overrode his own when it came to the split. “Suddenly it sunk in for me that it was just like: ‘I’m leaving, so we’re divorced,'” he said.
On a previous episode of “Sister Wives” this season, Christine explained why she decided to use the word “divorce” when telling the former couple’s youngest daughter Ynwir, who is now 12, that their marriage was over.
“I could have said ‘Yeah, we’re going to be divorced,’ and then every time Kody came over, she’d be watching us like crazy and worried and wondering,” he said. Christine. “And then also maybe she had this false sense of hope that we would get back together again. So, I said ‘Well, sweetheart, we’re already divorced.'”
Christine and Kody publicly announced their split in November 2021 after more than 25 years of “spiritual” marriage. They have five adult children in addition to Truely: Aspyn, 27, Mykelti, 26, Paedon, 24, Gwendlyn, 21, and Ysabel, 19.
On Sunday’s episode, Christine explained her choice of words further. “Since I have no legal contract binding me with Kody, there was no legal process we had to go through,” he said. “Neither of us is part of that religion anymore. So, just for me to say I’m divorced, I don’t see the problem with that at all.”
Kody’s specific religious beliefs are currently unclear, although in the wake of his split from Christine he has expressed regret that the Brown family “failed” to show the world a successful multiple family.
“Sister Wives” airs Sundays at 10 pm ET on TLC.