SISTER Wives husband Kody Brown has been ripped by fans for siding with his “favorite” wife Robyn over not moving to Utah, as his now ex-wife Christine expressed her pain before their split on the season premiere.
The premiere of Sister Wives kicked off with a flashback from last season of Christine, 49, crying after Kody, 52, and sister wives Meri, 50, Janelle, 52, and Robyn, 43, shut down her idea to move back to Utah.
In Christine’s confessional, she revealed how “hard” the family’s denial was and how rocky her marriage to Kody has been.
She said: “It’s not just about moving back to Utah. It’s just not. I’m not going to make any drastic decisions on what I am going to do next today. I am hurt today.
“I really needed his support. I really did. Marriage is hard, but I never wanted the kind of marriage I have now. I never wanted to be so estranged and have extremely limited physical contact. Not even hand holding. It’s sad. My marriage to Kody is sad.”
After Christine’s breakdown, Kody decided to speak to each of his wives about the possibility of moving to Utah.
Second wife Janelle said: “I would just be like, 'Give me the property and you can move. You can go. Be in Utah and do your thing.' I don’t care. I would stay. You would leave this?”
Kody said in his confessional: “I want to move there. I never lost that desire. But I am not moving the family because of where I want to live.”
He added: “I had three of these four women threaten to leave me for a significant part of the marriages. [Christine] is bluffing completely, but it’s not a new thing to be threatened to be left.”
But when Kody talked to Robyn, who fans have dubbed his “favorite” wife, the idea seemed to be more off the table.
Robyn said while crying: “This is so frustrating that this is a question. We just got here to Flagstaff. I’ve invested myself here. I made it really clear once we moved here, I’m not interested in being a transient family. My kids are very happy here in Flagstaff. I wish we could just settle down. We’re in Flagstaff. It’s beautiful.
“I am so frustrated that we are constantly bringing up where should we go. We could find a place and make it home."
She then expressed her fear of the family being outcasted in Utah.
Kody was quick to calm Robyn down, as he explained to her he was touching base over the idea and the family is not moving to Utah.
Fans then slammed Kody for shutting down the idea to move after Robyn broke down.
One fan commented on Twitter: “Robyn doesn’t want to move. Case closed. You lose Christine. Robyn always wins.”
Another wrote: “The way that Kody talks to Robyn makes it so clear she’s the one that’s most important to him.”
A third said: So basically, everything Kody and Robyn decide goes? They have the closest relationship?”
A fourth wrote: “So we all agree. That Kody only cares about what Robyn wants.”
A fifth said: “All the signs are still there that Robyn is Kody’s favorite wife!”
As The Sun reported, Christine and Kody announced their split over social media earlier this month after the former third wife sold her Arizona home and moved to Utah.
She wrote on Instagram: “After more than 25 years together, Kody and I have grown apart and I have made the difficult decision to leave.
”We will continue to be a strong presence in each other’s lives as we parent our beautiful children and support our wonderful family.
"At this time, we ask for your grace and kindness as we navigate through this stage within our family. With love, Christine Brown.”
Shortly after, Kody released a statement of his own that read: "Christine's decision to leave comes with a great deal of sadness.
"We enjoyed many years together and I have a large amount of respect and admiration for her.
"Although we are moving forward on different paths, we will always remain committed parents.”
Kody and Christine spiritually married in 1994.
She joined his first wife Meri and second wife Janelle, as fourth spouse Robyn entered the family in 2010.
They share children Mykelti, Aspyn, Ysabel, Paedon, Gwendlyn and Truley.
CHRISTINE'S UTAH MOVE
Christine moved to Utah with her youngest daughter Truley, 11.
Christine sold the Arizona home she once shared with Kody for $700,000 in October after threatening to move to Utah amid their martial troubles.
She is now living in a two-story duplex built in 2019 that has two living units attached next to each other as townhouses.
Christine’s portion is 3,490-square feet, and features three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
On last season's Sister Wives, Christine expressed her desire to move back to Utah now that polygamy has been decriminalized in their home state.
But when Kody and her sister wives shut down the idea, Christine was brought to tears and admitted she “can't do marriage with Kody anymore,” as she “doesn’t matter” to him.
On a trailer for the current season of Sister Wives, Christine said of the family moving onto land they purchased to build on: “The best that I can give today is to just pretend. I don't want to move onto the property, I want to move back to Utah.
“Why would I want to live on the same property with a dysfunctional marriage where right over there he's got a fully-functioning marriage? Who would ever want to live like that?”
Christine hasn’t been spotted with Kody, as she recently visited Universal Studios with her sister wife Janelle and their kids sans their husband.
Kody and Christine first sparked split speculation last year when he transferred the family home to her a year before she sold the house.
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