Robyn Brown said on “Sister Wives” that Christine isn’t divorced until she’s with another man.
She also said that Christine “invalidates” 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 solo interview about the nature of separation in a polygamous family, Robyn said: “Technically, from what I understand, until Christine is physical with another man, she is not not divorced.”
Robyn explained that the Brown family Mormon church sect – known as Apostolic United Brethren (AUB) – requires a struggling couple to get church ‘approval’ and attend counseling and in meetings before being allowed to use the word divorce, even when they are “spiritually” married to someone and no legal paperwork is involved.
She also said that Christine was “validating our beliefs” by saying she was divorced without going through this process.
The subject came up during a conversation Christine had with all of her ex-sister wives and Kody to tell them that she had closed a house in Utah and was moving in a week.
Everyone quickly clarified during the discussion that the way the church does no longer matter in Christine and Kody’s case because Christine is no longer part of the faith.
But in a solo interview, Kody seemed bothered that Christine’s wishes outweighed his own when it came to the split. “All of a sudden I realized she was like, ‘I’m leaving, so we’re divorced,'” he said.
In an earlier episode of “Sister Wives” this season, Christine explained why she decided to use the word “divorce” when telling the former couple’s youngest daughter Truely, now 12, that their marriage was over.
“I could have said, ‘Yeah, we’re getting a divorce,’ and every time Kody came over, she would look at us like crazy and worry and wonder,” Christine said. “And then also, she might have this false hope that we’d get back together. So, I said, ‘Well, my love, we’re already divorced. “”
Christine and Kody publicly announced their separation 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.
In Sunday’s episode, Christine clarified her choice of words. “Since I don’t have any legal contract binding me to Kody, we didn’t have to go through any legal process,” she said. “None of us are part of that religion anymore. So me just saying I’m divorced, I don’t see the problem there at all.”
Kody’s specific religious beliefs are unclear at this time, although following his split from Christine he expressed regret that the Brown family “failed” to show the world a successful plural family.
“Sister Wives” airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on TLC.
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