“Sister Wives” stars Christine and Meri Brown are cordial these days, but they’re not close friends. They both have their own unique take on why they’ve drifted apart.
The former sister wives open up about the state of their strained relationship in a new “Sister Wives” special that airs on Sunday, Dec. 18.
The conversation starts when host Sukanya Krishnan asks Meri if she feels like Christine also left her when she divorced Kody in 2021.
“At the time that she first was telling us, that’s really how I felt. I felt very betrayed by her and that she was leaving me too,” Meri explains in an exclusive clip shared with TODAY.com. “Cause she has always said, ‘I didn’t just want the man. I want the sister wives.'”
Meri goes on to explain that she and Christine were close at one time. Meri and Kody married in 1990, the same year they met Christine through a church youth group. Christine joined the marriage four years later in 1994 as Kody’s third wife.
“I know what kind of relationship she and I have had in the past. It’s been fun. It’s not been super super deep, but it’s been a lot of fun and I miss that. I missed that for a lot of years with her,” Meri says.
Krishnan points out that Meri and Christine’s friendship fractured at some point, and asks why they never ended up mending things.
“I don’t know exactly what the deal is,” Meri, 51, replies.
“You know what you did,” Krishnan says, seemingly referring to Meri’s 2015 catfish scandal that eventually led to the dissolution of her marriage with Kody.
“Well, I mean, I have not always been the perfect person or the perfect wife or the perfect sister wife. It just kind of comes down to we’re just not safe with each other and I don’t think there was one thing. It was over time,” she explains.
“Safe with each other cause you don’t trust each other?” Krishnan asks.
“Probably, yeah,” Meri says.
The scene then shifts to Krishnan’s conversation with Christine. She asks the 50-year-old why she thinks Meri feels betrayed.