- Kody Brown’s youngest daughter, Ariella, suggested that he and Christine “go on dates” to sort out their wedding.
- On Sunday’s episode, Christine and Truely said an “awkward” goodbye to Robyn and her children.
- Christine said she felt Robyn’s children were “angry” with her for leaving the family.
on The Sunday episode of “Sister Wives,” Kody Brown’s youngest child brought a bittersweet element to a very awkward scene when she suggested her dad and his ex Christine Brown “go on dates” to sort out their wedding.
At the end of the episode, members of the Brown family living in Flagstaff, Arizona gathered in Christine’s backyard to say goodbye to her. her daughter Truely, now 12, before them left the family and moved to Utah.
Near the end of the tense goodbye, Kody and his fourth wife Robyn’s daughter, Ariella Brown (who was five years old at the time of filming), had a question for Christine.
“Why did you and daddy break up?” she asked.
“We just weren’t in love anymore, you know? That happens sometimes,” Christine told her ex-sister’s daughter.
Christine assured Ariella that they would still hang out with her, but Ariella had another idea. “Go on dates!” she pretended innocent.
“Ah, it doesn’t always solve everything, my dear. But thanks, what a good idea,” Christine replied with a false cheerfulness in her voice.
Christine and Kody announced that they were breaking up in November 2021 after more than 25 years of “spiritual” marriage. It has been established in previous episodes of “Sister Wives” that one of the reasons Christine left Kody was that she and her children felt his family with Robyn was more important to him than they were.
In Season 16, Christine said in an interview that it’s hard for some of her daughters to “respect” Kody because they see he has “favorites.”
“And they struggle with how obvious it is that he’s more comfortable in some homes than others,” she added. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Kody lived with Robyn at home because she had the youngest children and was compliant are strict guidelines for travel, social distancing, and disinfecting household items.
In a solo interview on Sunday’s episode, Christine said she found it “awkward” to answer Ariella’s question. She added that she knows “everyone is wondering” why she’s leaving Kody, but that Ariella is so young she’s “brave enough to ask.”
Robyn has had a hard time accepting Christine leaving Kody, despite the tension between them. She has mentioned in previous episodes of the show that, according to their sect of the Mormon faith, Christine and Kody are “not divorced” until Christine is “physically with another man.” All Brown adults agree that those rules don’t apply in this case because Christine no longer believes in the faith.
Reflecting on the tense scene in her backyard in Sunday’s episode, Christine noted that Robyn’s older daughters from a previous marriage (whom Kody had legally adopted) seemed “angry” at her as they said goodbye.
“No, my kids weren’t mad at her,” Robyn told cameras in a solo interview. “They are the innocent parties in all of this, all children are.” She said Christine’s abandonment of the family was “devastating” for everyone.
“Sister Wives” airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on TLC.