- Christine Brown told “Sister Wives” that her ex Kody “doesn’t even know” their kids.
- She said she once fell in love with his “awesome” side, which she was “sad” her children didn’t know.
- “Listen, I have 18 kids, I’m skinny,” Kody said, reflecting on his relationships.
Ysabel Brown left for college in North Carolina on Sunday’s episode of “Sister Wives,” and that milestone got her mom Christine thinking about Kody’s relationships (or lack thereof) with their kids.
“The hardest part of my whole life is that my kids don’t have a good relationship with their dad — he doesn’t even know them,” Christine said in a personal interview on the episode, which was interspersed with scenes of Cody helping. Christine, Ysabel and Truely Brown finish packing a car for their road trip to North Carolina. Cody did not go with his ex and their two daughters on the trip.
Christine was the third of Kody’s four wives in a polygamous family until they divorced 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 few seasons now. The tension between them first became apparent in Season 16, filmed in 2020, when Kody chose not to accompany Christine to Ysabel’s surgery to correct her scoliosis, which had to take place on the East Coast, due to concerns about health and safety related to travel during the covid19 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 move on from Kody and that she could live a single life.
Ysabel has questioned her father’s priorities in previous episodes of “Sister Wives,” but in 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 isn’t coming with us,” she said in a solo confessional interview. “He’s got kids here in Flagstaff, so it’s not like he can be away that much. Also, there’s still COVID around, 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 he had accepted she was leaving the marriage, “but I’m not going on a trip with her.”
Reflecting on how her kids don’t have a good relationship with Cody in her solo interview, Christine said, “You know what’s sad, too, is they don’t know how amazing he is either,” she said. “Cody has this awesome side that my kids don’t know about.”
She said she fell in love with this man at some point. “Of course he’s not that person anymore and neither am I,” she added, noting that it made her “sad.”
“Listen, I have 18 kids, I’m skinny,” Cody said in a solo interview, likely after asking a producer to reflect on his relationship with his and Christine’s kids. “I work hard to visit my children, to connect with them, to do something they like. It’s not always an easy connection.”
“Sister Wives” airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on TLC.