Despite three of his four marriages imploding within just over a year, Kody Brown says he’s looking forward to a future of forgiveness and possibly a renewed friendship.
In a recent interview with People, the feral-haired Sister Wives patriarch opened up about his current “journey” and how part of that journey includes expressing “forgiveness to the people you’ve been involved with.”
Surprisingly, he also mentions that he hopes to make amends with his first wife, Meri, and work on becoming her friend.
“You have to express understanding and hope that at the end of an era for us as a family, we still have hope of a friendship and a loving or kind relationship with each other in the future because we’re bound forever through our kids,” Kody continued.
As fans of ‘Sister Wives’ know, Kody has (and is estranged from many of his) 18 kids–- six with ex-wife Christine Brown, six with ex-wife Janelle Brown, one with ex-wife Meri Brown and five with his only remaining wife, Robyn Brown. (Kody adopted Robyn’s three oldest children shortly after the couple legally wed years ago.)
While Kody and Meri confirmed in January 2023 that they had “permanently terminated” their sad and hanging-on-by-a-curly-hair marriage, Kody has already expressed a desire to mend the friendship the two once had.
“ … Meri and I do, I believe, go forward very quickly, I hope, with love and grace, forgiveness and charity to where I want her to feel free to call me if she ever needs anything,” he told People.
Kody also mentioned the possibility of palling around with Meri on one of the recent Season 18 ‘Sister Wives’ Talk Back episodes, during which he told Robyn he believed a friendship between him and Meri was still feasible, despite the two being exes. According to Kody, Meri’s continued friendship with Robyn and her closeness to their children may help he and Meri have an “open” dialogue with one another going forward.
“Her and Robyn are still, I think, close,” he said. “She still wants to come see the kids. We’ll always have a relationship of what I hope is at least [some] kind of friendship.”
Kody also noted that he and Meri are “not angry with each other anymore” and are now in a place where they are able to find “friendship in this breakup.”
Kody also claims to be in a better place with himself in the aftermath of the Brown family’s collapse.
“I feel like my confidence is coming back,” he said. “I got to find that space of grace and love for myself as well. Be it really forgiving of simple things, like, just being angry about what has happened. I want to forgive myself for that and move on.”
Kody added that he’s also in a place where he can look back on his family’s past and see it for what it was.
“I remember this great life that we had and what an experience to be a team with these 22 people and just trying to survive the rapids of life and it was great,” he said. “There’s my optimism. It’s back. I’m seeing my past again and saying, ‘It was lovely.’ It’s changed now.”
Kody noted that he hopes to find that same optimism in the future.
“In the end, hopefully we just love each other and let each other move on,” he said.
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