SISTER Wives star Christine Brown’s cousin claimed she may join another polygamous family because the culture is “familiar” to her.
On Tuesday, Christine, 49, and Kody, 52, announced their separation over social media after months of split speculation.
In an exclusive interview with Christine’s cousin Anna LeBaron, who escaped from polygamy when she was 13 years old, she revealed Christine may join another family with multiple wives.
Anna explained: “She may not be leaving the polygamy, she may just be leaving Kody himself. That is a possibility.
“It's very common for a woman to leave one polygamous relationship and enter a new one because it's familiar territory.
“If she’s wanting to continue believing that then that’s her choice. I wish her the best and I hope she'll have a good outcome and find happiness in whatever she pursues.”
Anna also explained how Christine may continue to have a relationship with her former sister wives Meri, Janelle and Robyn.
She said: “Many times they will remain close because there is so much interconnectedness in the families. It's almost impossible to not be close since you love and care about them no matter what.
“When I left, I still loved my siblings and mom, it’s a very complicated way to have relationships. Your children are still friends. There may be some boundaries, but over time it becomes easier.”
Christine continues to have a close bond with her former sister wife Janelle, as the two recently took a family vacation to California together with their children.
They also help each other promote their multi-level marketing companies.
Anna previously told The Sun how hard leaving the family will be for Christine.
She said: “The transition away from any kind of relationship, polygamous or monogamous, is always a difficult decision to make. I hope she is well and going to be healing from this very difficult time in her life.
“I hope she’s getting the care and support she needs. This decision after 25 years of marriage is difficult. There is going to be grief and sadness. My hope is she will find healing and live a life that will bring her joy, peace and happiness.
“It’s courageous and brave. I am proud of her for taking the steps to be the person she wants to be in this life.”
Anna explained how many members of polygamy don’t leave their marriage because they fear the religious ramifications in the afterlife.
She continued: “However, once they do, they are able to form their own opinions and thoughts moving forward. She can now decide some things for herself.”
Christine’s maternal grandfather, Floren LeBaron, is brothers with Anna’s father Ervil, making them first cousins one generation removed.
Christine and Anna have never met, partly because of their family history.
As The Sun reported, Anna’s father Ervil LeBaron, ordered the murder of Christine’s paternal grandfather, Rulon Allred.
Ervil was the leader of a fundamentalist mormon group and believed himself to be a prophet.
Anna answers questions about her life in polygamy on her TikTok page and is a life coach.
Christine announced the breakup on Tuesday, as she wrote on Instagram: “After more than 25 years together, Kody and I have grown apart and I have made the difficult decision to leave.
"We will continue to be a strong presence in each other’s lives as we parent our beautiful children and support our wonderful family.
"At this time, we ask for your grace and kindness as we navigate through this stage within our family. With love, Christine Brown.”
Shortly after, Kody released a statement of his own that read: "Christine's decision to leave comes with a great deal of sadness.
"We enjoyed many years together and I have a large amount of respect and admiration for her.
"Although we are moving forward on different paths, we will always remain committed parents.”
Kody and Christine spiritually married in 1994.
She joined his first wife Meri and second wife Janelle, as fourth spouse Robyn entered the family in 2010.
They share children Mykelti, Aspyn, Ysabel, Paedon, Gwendlyn and Truley.
CHRISTINE'S NEW LIFE
The split speculation started when Christine moved to Utah with her youngest daughter Truley, 11, leaving Kody and sister wives Meri, 50, Janelle, 52, and Robyn, 43, in Arizona.
Christine sold the Arizona home she once shared with Kody for $700,000 in October after threatening to move to Utah amid their martial troubles.
She is now living in a two-story duplex built in 2019 that has two living units attached next to each other as townhouses.
Christine’s portion is 3,490-square feet, and features three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
A trailer for the upcoming season of Sister Wives showed their tumultuous relationship.
Christine said in her confessional: “Covid has brought out how much we want to be a family. We're not. I don't think Kody wants to live together again. I think he wants to live separate.”
The mom of six said of the family building on their property: “The best I could give today is pretend. I don’t want to move on the property. I want to move back to Utah.
“Why would I want to live on the property with a dysfunctional marriage where right over there he's got a full-functioning marriage. Who would ever want to live like that?”
On last season's Sister Wives, Christine expressed her desire to move back to Utah now that polygamy has been decriminalized in their home state.
But when Kody and her sister wives shut down the idea, Christine was brought to tears and admitted she “can't do marriage with Kody anymore,” as she “doesn’t matter” to him.
Christine hasn’t been spotted with Kody, as she recently visited Universal Studios with her sister wife Janelle and their kids sans their husband.
Kody and Christine first sparked split speculation last year when he transferred the family home to her a year before she sold the house.
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