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“Sister Wives” star Christine Brown’s aunt says she never viewed her niece’s spiritual union to ex Kody Brown as legitimate.
“I don’t think Christine’s been genuinely happy since day one,” Kristyn Decker said on Friday’s episode of the “Reality Life with Kate Casey” podcast. “I don’t believe women in plural marriage. It’s kind of impossible to have a marriage when you’ve got a division like that — you know, four women, five, whatever it’s going to be, and a lot of children. That’s not a partnership. It’s not a real marriage.”
Decker said she has “felt bad” for Christine and Kody’s other wives “from day one,” adding, “It still breaks my heart. I don’t think any women are genuinely happy in that.”
Christine recently ended her 25-year “spiritual union” with her polygamist family’s patriarch, Kody, whom she shared with three other women: Meri, Janelle and Robyn.
“Kody and I have grown apart and I have made the difficult decision to leave,” she wrote via Instagram Tuesday.
Christine, 49, has six kids with Kody, 52, since she entered into his plural marriage in March 1994: Asypen, 26, Mykelti, 25, Paedon, 23, Gwendlyn, 20, Ysabel, 18, and Truely, 11.
Kody and Christine were never legally married, but they have had an unofficial connection that they consider a “spiritual union.”
Kody legally married first wife, Meri, 50, in 1990, but they divorced on paper in 2014 so he could legally marry Robyn, 43, a few months later. Janelle, 52, also has an unofficial “spiritual union” with Kody.
Decker — who was also previously in a polygamist relationship and left — expressed her best wishes for Christine going forward.
“I just hope she has [moved on], that she’s really out there and going to find genuine happiness, the kind that I have and want everyone to have,” she said Friday. “There’s a lot of people who’ve left who have really, really found joy and happiness outside of that.”
“Sister Wives” Season 16 premieres Sunday, Nov. 21, at 10 p.m. ET on TLC.
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