In an exclusive conversation with PEOPLE, Kody Brown admits that he “could have done a lot better” by keeping his four marriages going before three of them imploded.
Kody Brown is in a place he never expected to be in – and understandably has a hard time navigating it.
Within a span of 14 months, three of the Sister wives patriarch’s marriages imploded. His third wife, Christine Brown, was the first to leave in November 2021. A year later in December 2022, it was revealed that he had split from his second wife Janelle Brown. A month after that, his union with first wife Meri Brown was over in January 2023, after the couple’s relationship had been platonic and distant for years.
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Now Kody is in a monogamous relationship for the first time in decades with his fourth wife Robyn Brown, the only woman he was legally married to. In this week’s PEOPLE cover story, he and the women of Sister wives elaborate on the “domino effect” and share exclusively how challenging this seismic shift has been in their relationships.
“It was painful, a lot of finger pointing and blaming,” admits the TLC star, 54. “But you have to hope we still have a friendship in the future. Because we are forever linked by our children.”
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But Kody – who is a father of 18 children from his four marriages – acknowledges his failures as a husband and knows he is partly responsible for the demise of his three marriages.
“I could have done much better,” he admits.
For her part, Janelle, 54, looks to the positive amidst the chaos, telling PEOPLE, “We’re all going down the new path. There are only opportunities for us.”
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The ramifications of the past few years will be explored in the show’s upcoming season. A season 18 teaser teased how the marital shocks have affected his relationship with 44-year-old Robyn.
“No one should get married while they’re going through a divorce,” says Robyn, who is still committed to making her marriage to Kody work.
“I never thought I wanted to leave. I know how much I love Kody,” she adds. “He’s trying his best.”
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Season 18 of Sister wives premieres Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on TLC.
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