The family behind TLC’s highly-anticipated series, “Sister Wives” hopes to give viewers a new impression of polygamy. In a visit to the TODAY show Thursday morning, Kody Brown and his four brides explained how they make their plural marriage work.
According to Kody, who's only legally married to his first wife, Meri, it’s all about faith — or at least it was.
“In retrospect, I would do it again out of love.”
That’s love for each and every woman, as Brown insists he doesn’t have a favorite. So what about jealousy between the women vying for an equal share of the husband’s attention and affection? The multiple wives admit to feeling it from time to time, but they don’t blame their man. After all, jealousy is just one person’s problem as far as they’re concerned.
“I think women — all of us — every woman, regardless of who you are, needs to feel confident,” third wife Christine explained. “That’s really how you handle everything.”
Well, that and a calendar. Kody and his wives maintain a schedule to help keep everything fair.
But the most unusual aspect of the Brown family may not be their lifestyle as much as it is their candor in sharing it with the world — something not often done in polygamist circles, largely because it is illegal.
“There’s a lot of bad media about polygamy and this way of life,” newest addition Robyn explained. “We’re hoping to dispel some of that and say that’s not us and that’s not our family.
The family, which includes 13 children, open up their lives to the world in the seven-part series that begins Sunday night on TLC.
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