Kody tells Christine he ‘wasn’t attracted’ to her when they got married in the ‘Sister Wives’ season 17 premiere

  • Cody told Christine that he was “not attracted” to her on their wedding day.
  • On Sunday’s season premiere of “Sister Wives,” they decided their marriage was over.
  • “I can probably count on my hand how many times he told me I was really beautiful,” Christine said.

Cody Brown confessed to his then-wife Christine Brown that he was “not attracted to her” when he married on the season 17 premiere of TLC’s “Sister Wives,” which premiered on Sunday.

The episode — called “It’s Over” — marks the first time Cody sees Christine carrying her stuff in the garage, which we discovered Cody during the season 16 finale. It featured the couple rehashing the difficult times in their marriage and eventually agreeing that they were going to separate.

Cody said in the middle of the conversation, “Okay, so we can settle this further because it’s true that I wasn’t attracted to you when we got married.” Christine watched in shock as Cody continued. “I felt pressure in marriage. I didn’t know better at the time,” he said.

The former couple had a “spiritual” wedding ceremony on 25 March 1994. They both practiced a fundamentalist Mormon faith and believed in plural marriage at the time. Cody was already legally married to his first wife, Mary, and spiritually to his second wife, Janelle.

Christine and Cody Brown sitting at a table.

“Sister Wives” Season 17.


They have previously spoken on “Sister Wives” about being overwhelmed by their wedding day, though neither of them admitted to feeling unsure about the steps they were taking.

On Sunday’s episode, Cody called those circumstances “not romantic,” although he said, “It felt like we were running into a fate.” Christine said that their union seemed romantic to her.

They agreed that they had a good marriage for many years after that. Still, most of the conversation revolved around the fact that Cody said that his attraction to Christine began to dwindle when he realized he was abusing some of his sister’s wives.

“I had all these criteria that I had to meet so that he could be attracted to me,” Christine said in an interview. “Can we just say it’s over? If I have to meet all of these criteria to be attracted to me, I can’t be myself.”

She said she knows she hasn’t been best friends to some of her sister wives because she is “jealous” of women who are better married than Cody.

The main problem in their relationship, from Christine’s point of view, had nothing to do with how she treated her sister’s wives. “I can probably count on my hand how many times she told me I’m really beautiful,” Christine said in an interview.

Mary Brown, Janelle Brown, Cody Brown, Christine Brown and Robin Brown

Mary Brown, Janelle Brown, Cody Brown, Christine Brown and Robin Brown

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“Marrying you has been a heartache. And it’s been a pain,” she told Cody. “Because I’ve tried for so long, to be who you want and to do everything I could to make it so you’ll want to be around me.”

Cody responded in his solo interview by saying that his heart was broken for “years” because of Christine’s “complaints and hatred of plural marriage”. She said that the reason he doesn’t feel “attracted” to her is because he feels “deceived” by her.

Christine said in an interview that Cody has a “favourite wife”, possibly referring to his fourth wife, Robin, whom he married in 2014.

When Christine explicitly stated that she no longer wanted to marry him, Cody said she accepted it because “there are no prisoners here.” They publicly announced their split in November.

New episodes of “Sister Wives” air Sunday at 10 p.m. on TLC.

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