What are the rocks like? Sister Wives Fans were stunned when Christine Brown She announced her separation from Kody Brown in November 2021, because they thought she would not have been the first of the polygamist’s four wives to leave as viewers predicted it would be first wife Meri Brown Since their marital struggles for many years. However, on season 16 of the polygamous family’s TLC show, Kody found himself at odds with both third wife Christine and second wife Janelle Brown They argued over guidelines to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Janelle will be Janelle’s next wife? Scroll down to see if Janelle and Kody are still together.
Janelle became part of the Brown family after she married Kody, his second wife, in a religious ceremony on January 20, 1993. Meri was his wife of almost three years. They had married in April 1990. Janelle and Kody’s relationship seemed to remain strong as he went on to wed Christine in March 1994 and married fourth wife Robyn Brown December 2010.
Janelle and Kody were blessed with six children during their marriage: Logan Brown in May 1994, Madison Brown in November 1995 and Hunter Brown 1997. Garrison Brown was born in October 1998. Gabriel Brown was born in 2001. Savannah Brown was born in December 2004.
Unfortunately, the cracks in the couple’s marriage started to show amid the stress of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. As the 23-member family navigated the pandemic, fans watched as they decided how to best protect themselves and stop others from contracting the virus. Kody set strict guidelines that his family had to follow to ensure they could safely visit one another. Janelle and Christine both rejected his rules. Kody’s rules included wearing a mask in public, sanitizing hands after shopping, washing hands often, sanitizing purchased products and groceries with alcohol wipes before bringing them into their homes, removing shoes outside, changing clothing after visiting stores, other homes, or businesses, no eating at sit down restaurants only takeout, using curbside pickup for shopping, self-quarantining for two weeks after travel or having visitors, no visiting movie theaters, bars, fitness centers or restaurants, sanitizing hands and changing clothes after visiting stores, limiting kids’ time with friends and allowing them to socialize only if they maintain a 10 feet social distance and cleaning mail and packages with alcohol wipes.
Janelle and Kody were involved in a heated dispute during a discussion with all four wives, and the Brown family patriarch, about their 2020 holiday plans. After Janelle refused to follow Kody’s protocol and said she would not be joining the family for Thanksgiving because she would not follow the rules, she felt Kody was accusing her of not following any of the guidelines at all and was “guilt-tripping” her to make her feel like she was making an irresponsible decision.
“You know what? F–k off,” Janelle told her husband as she walked away.
Janelle revealed that she was reconsidering her decision not to live as a polygamist later in the season. “I’ve caught myself in the last few weeks really reflecting and being like, ‘OK, look: do I still choose plural marriage?’” Janelle vented on the January 16 episode. “Yeah, I still choose it, but I’ve had to [make] that conscious decision with myself.”
“I’ve had to really think. My children are almost grown and there’s not a huge necessity anymore to stay. It was a wonderful way to raise children,” she added in her confessional. “With Kody and I right now, our relationship is pretty strained. And you know, it’s easy to walk away.”
Although Janelle and Kody appear to have been at odds during filming season 16, it appears that the couple was able to come to an agreement. Kody and Janelle spent a lot of time together in the summer of 2021 while she was living in an RV on the family’s Coyote Pass property in Flagstaff, Arizona, amid their building delays. In July 2021, the couple took a loving-up selfie as they enjoyed a rare date night with Chinese takeout under the stars. Janelle moved from her RV to Coyote Pass in November 2021.
Janelle and Kody might not be able to mend their differences. “Janelle meant it when [she] said she would leave Kody,” a source told Us Weekly January 2022. “It’s going to happen.”
The insider explained that part of the reason Janelle may still want to split from Kody is because “she sees how happy Christine is now that she’s ‘free’ from Kody.” Janelle “is strongly considering separating from him too,” the source said. “Christine and Janelle are very close and they have conversations about it.”
By March 2022 Sister Wives fans speculated over the couple’s looming split after Janelle shared an adorable Instagram photo of her hugging grandchildren Axel and Evie.
“These two are why I am motivated to take care of myself,” Janelle captioned the post that month. “I love watching them grow up and being a part of their lives! Find your motivation and become the best version of yourself.”
A few Instagram followers quickly weighed in on Janelle and Kody’s relationship status. “You are looking so happy lately,” one fan commented. “I hope that means you are single and ready to mingle.” Another fan even alleged Janelle had already “left” Kody, writing, “I’m proud of you and Christine … It’s still hard to leave someone you once gave your heart [to]. I wish you ladies the best!”
“Where is Kody?” another Instagram user wrote. “I only see posts of you with your kiddos and grandkids. You are simply glowing, Janelle.”
While Janelle has yet to confirm her relationship status with the polygamous patriarch, Christine’s aunt Kristyn Decker Exclusively told Touch in November 2022 that she believes Janelle left Kody “a long time ago.”
“As far as any relationship, any marriage goes, I think [Janelle’s] Similar to, Meri [Brown]’s situation where she’s just staying in a marriage that’s not really a marriage,” Kristyn said at the time. “I don’t think they’ve had a marriage for a long, long, long time. It’s just platonic.”
“[It’s] pretty obvious that they really haven’t been together in a long time, at least marriage wise,” she continued.
Days after Kristyn opened up about Janelle and Kody’s marriage, Janelle seemingly spent the Thanksgiving holiday away from her husband.
“Our Thanksgiving crowd. Grateful for family and friends,” the mother of six captioned a family photo with her children on November 25, 2022, with Kody noticeably absent from the holiday pic.
A preview clip of the December 3rd episode of Sister Wives Kody told Janelle during a sit-down lunch that there was “something fundamentally wrong” with their marriage.
While Janelle said she felt that she had “to do everything [she could] Make sure to [their marriage] work,” she admitted during a confessional that she wasn’t “sure it’s possible to come back from where we are.”
“It seems almost like there’s this gulf now where he’s like, ‘Well I want this,’ and I’m like, ‘I can’t give you that,’” she said. “I still have so much affection for Kody, but I don’t know if it’s love.”