- Christine Brown said on “Sister Wives” that her ex Kody “doesn’t even know” her children.
- She said that she once fell in love with his “incredible” side, that she was “sad” that her children didn’t know about it.
- “Listen, I have 18 kids, I’m skinny,” Kody said, reflecting on his relationships.
Ysabel Brown headed off to college in North Carolina on Sunday’s episode of “Sister Wives,” and that milestone made her mom, Christine, reflect on Kody’s relationships (or lack thereof) with her children.
“The hardest part of my whole life is that my kids don’t have a great relationship with their dad, he doesn’t even know them,” Christine said in a solo interview about the episode, which was interspersed with scenes of Kody helping out. Christine, Ysabel and Truely Brown finish packing a car for their road trip to North Carolina. Kody did not join his ex and his two daughters for the trip.
Christine was Kody’s third of four wives in a polygamous family until they separated in 2021 after more than 25 years of “spiritual” marriage. They have six children together: Aspyn, 27, Mykelti, 26, Paedon, 24, Gwendlyn, 21, Ysabel, 19, and Truely, 12.
“Sister Wives” has explored Kody’s strained relationship with Ysabel for a couple of seasons. The tension between them was first made apparent in season 16, filmed in 2020, when Kody decided not to accompany Christine to Ysabel’s surgery to correct her scoliosis, which had to occur on the East Coast, due to health issues. and safety related to traveling amid the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Christine told People in August that Kody’s decision not to be with Ysabel for such a big event was the “wake-up call” that made her realize she needed to leave Kody and that she could live a single life.
Ysabel has questioned her father’s priorities in previous “Sister Wives” episodes, but on Sunday’s episode she seemed to accept that he wasn’t coming on the road trip to help her settle in North Carolina.
“My dad doesn’t come with us,” he said in a solo confessional interview. “He has kids here in Flagstaff, so it’s not like he can be out that long. Plus, there’s still COVID, unfortunately.”
But Kody, who attended a friend’s wedding on an earlier episode of “Sister Wives” this season, said he just didn’t want to travel with Christine. He said that he had agreed that she would leave the marriage, “but I’m not going to take a trip with her.”
Reflecting on how her kids don’t have a good relationship with Kody in her solo interview, Christine said, “You also know what’s sad, is that they don’t know how amazing he is either,” she said. “Kody has this amazing side that my kids don’t know about.”
She said that she fell in love with that man at one point. “Of course he’s not that person anymore and neither am I,” she added, noting that this made her “sad.”
“Listen, I have 18 kids, I’m skinny,” Kody said in a solo interview, presumably after a producer asked him to reflect on his relationship with his and Christine’s children. “I work hard to visit my kids, connect with them, do something they like. It’s not always an easy connection.”
“Sister Wives” airs Sundays at 10 pm ET on TLC.