Kody Brown has watched as his public image—not to mention his marriages and relationships with most of his kids— implode over the past few years, but the unpopular Sister Wives star appears to still have hope that he can turn things around for the future.
In a new, rare interview with Us Weekly, Kody discussed what it’s like being so openly hated by ‘Sister Wives’ fans. He also discussed his ex-wives– Christine, Janelle and Meri— all of whom have left him in the past three years. (He remains married to only one wife, Robyn.)
And, for the first time, Kody revealed his feelings on Christine’s recent remarriage and his hope that he can still save his marriage to Janelle.
Below, The Ashley has organized some of Kody’s most-interesting— and most-surprising!— comments from the new interview.
On how he deals with the hate he gets from ‘Sister Wives’ fans:
Kody admitted that he’s still surprised by the negative reactions he gets from fans.
“It affects me differently than it affects the viewer because I’ve got somebody trashing my reputation and I’m going, ‘Holy cow. I can’t believe that’s happening,’” he told Us Weekly. “And the public’s just going, ‘Oh, we always thought this about you.’”
Kody– who has not used his social media accounts in several years– said he still hasn’t adjusted to his new life as a “hated” reality star.
“There’s no getting used to that level of criticism,” he said. “I have to remind myself [that] your opinion of me is none of my business.”
On why he has to admit that Christine was “brave” to break up with him:
As ‘Sister Wives’ fans know, Christine left Kody in 2021, but their marriage had been on the rocks for years before Christine finally pulled the plug. Kody had admitted that he wasn’t attracted to Christine and that he felt pressured into marrying her, but now he says he would never have broken up with her, and she was brave to do it herself.
“I never felt like I had the right to say, ‘Hey, listen, I don’t love this woman. I want a divorce.’ I never felt like that was in my wheelhouse [because I was the polygamist husband], but it was in [Christine’s],” Kody said. “So, Christine made a choice, and that’s kind of where it’s at. She chose to go, and it’s a blessing and a curse. It’s been very, very, very hard.
“But it was her being brave enough to do it, because I was never going to do that,” Kody added.
On how he feels about Christine getting remarried:
Earlier this month, Christine married David Woolley, whom she met on a dating app after leaving Kody. While the majority of Kody’s 18 kids attended the nuptials, as did Kody’s ex Janelle, Kody did not go. (Robyn and Kody’s other ex, Meri, were also absent.)
Kody was asked how he feels about seeing Christine move on with another man.
“I honestly haven’t witnessed much of it,” Kody said, adding, “Her and I don’t associate almost at all.”
(Kody and Christine share six kids, but only one– Truely– is still a minor.)
On whether or not he feels he might be able to reconcile his marriage to Janelle:
While Kody’s marriage to Christine is definitely over, it appears that he still has hope that he and Janelle can one day reconcile. (In December, Janelle announced that she and Kody are “separated.”)
Kody told the magazine that he doesn’t believe that his marriage to Janelle is officially over. However, Janelle has apparently not indicated that she wants to get back with him.
“I can talk to Janelle all the time and say, ‘Hey, what are we going to do? Are we going to reconcile this?’ And she doesn’t sound like she’s interested in reconciliation,” Kody told the magazine.
“I mean, time changes things, and if you move forward with grace and forgiveness, maybe you’ll find love in the end … even if not staying in the marriage,” Kody added hopefully.
On the possibility of him getting married again:
For years, there have been rumors that Kody is courting or preparing to marry another wife. Now that three out of four of his marriages have gone up in flames, Kody said wouldn’t even consider trying again.
“I would never be interested in marrying again,” Kody told he magazine, before adding a statement that shows he still believes he might be able to salvage some of the family he once had.
“I’m not a polygamist [anymore],” he said. “Unless I pull this family back together somehow.”