Sister Wives' Meri Brown tried to raise gay daughter Mariah, 25, in a ‘different culture’ from her own strict upbringing

SISTER Wives star Meri Brown says she wants to raise her gay daughter Mariah in a “different culture” to her strict upbringing. 

The 50-year-old, who grew up in a polygamist household, said she doesn’t want her daughter to feel “in a box”, like she did.

In a new clip of Sunday’s Sister Wives episode, the reality star talked about the life she and husband Kody, along with his three other wives, have tried to create for their 18 combined children. 

Meri and Kody’s daughter Mariah Brown revealed during a recent visit that she and fiancée Audrey Kriss, are leaving Chicago, Illinois, and returning to Utah to be closer to family.

Speaking about the move, Meri confided to the cameras: “I love that they have that experience of living in Chicago. And it's just a fun and different experience. 

"It's not something that I ever was able to do."

Meri, who divorced Kody in 2014 so he could marry fourth wife Robyn, explained that she had wanted to create “a different culture” for the children than what she had. 

Giving an insight of how she grew, she said: “Even though it was like, the polygamist culture, the culture I grew up in was: you need to get married when you're young, and you need to have kids, and you need to be quiet about who you are, and you just need to just stay in this little box.”

She went on: “We've tried to create 'you can do whatever you want to do' for our kids.”

“And Mariah is doing it,” added the proud mom.

Meri and Kody married in 1990 and three years later sister wife Janelle joined their home, followed in 1994 by Christine, and in 2010 Robyn joined the Brown family as Kody's fourth wife. 

Kody divorced Meri in order to marry Robyn so he could adopt her three children from a previous relationship.

The Sun recently reported how Kody, Robyn and their five children have isolated themselves away at their $890,000 mansion just outside of Flagstaff, Arizona.

In early December, The Sun revealed Kody made a rare visit to wife Janelle, 50, and their daughter Savannah, 16, at their one-story rental home.

But he failed to drop in on Meri, who lives just down the street.

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