‘I get to live life for myself’

‘I get to live life for myself’

Nearly a year after Christine Brown left behind her 26-year plural marriage to Kody Brown, as well as her fundamentalist Mormon faith, the sister wives star says she’s never been happier.

“I live life for myself,” says Christine, 50, in the latest issue of PEOPLE. “My whole world has changed and every cell in my body is happier.”

Before Christine announced on Instagram last November that her spiritual marriage to Kody was over, the TLC star shared a life with her husband and his three wives Meri, Janelle and Robyn in Flagstaff, Arizona. The couple, who married in 1994, are parents to son Paedon, 24, and daughters Aspyn, 27; Mykelti, 26; Gwendlyn, 20; Ysabel, 19, and Truely, 12. (Kody has a total of 18 children among their wives.)

While Christine always wanted a plural marriage, things started to change in 2018. “I started to think that maybe this wasn’t working for me,” she says. “And then I stopped believing in polygamy. I realized I didn’t want to live it anymore. I didn’t like sharing a husband or feeling like I wasn’t important.”

Christine Brown, cast member of Sister Wives, is pictured at her home in Murray, Utah, Aug. 1, 2022. Kim Raff for PEOPLE

Christine Brown, cast member of Sister Wives, is pictured at her home in Murray, Utah, Aug. 1, 2022. Kim Raff for PEOPLE

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After years of unhappiness, she packed her bags and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah with Truely to start a new life.

“We got here and that night when I went to bed, I realized I was home,” she says. “It was just like that. And I started over and it was exciting and it was new and so scary because I had no idea what to expect but I was so excited. I remember feeling hopeful for the first time in a long time because I just have to take my life on my own and leave. It was wonderful.”

Christine Brown, cast member of Sister Wives, is pictured at her home in Murray, Utah, Aug. 1, 2022. Kim Raff for PEOPLE

Christine Brown, cast member of Sister Wives, is pictured at her home in Murray, Utah, Aug. 1, 2022. Kim Raff for PEOPLE

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Christine is co-parent to Kody, 53, who still sees his daughter often, but the mother-daughter duo is embracing their new lives.

“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve opened Truely’s door and been like, ‘What should we do for fun today?’ So we pick a destination and go, have fun and go explore. I mean, it’s absolutely amazing,” says Christine, who launched her solo digital series Cooking with Just Christine to TLC in February (Season 2 premieres September 11).

“And now that I live here, there are so many things to do and I just want to do it all.”

SISTER WIVES, Kody Brown (center), with wives and children, (season 1), 2010-.  photo: Joe Pugliese / © TLC / Courtesy: Everett Collection

SISTER WIVES, Kody Brown (center), with wives and children, (season 1), 2010-. photo: Joe Pugliese / © TLC / Courtesy: Everett Collection

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That includes dating, though she adds that she’s not ready yet.

“I would love to date. I love the idea of ​​the end of having a romantic partner. But I talked to Truely about it the other day and she said, ‘Mom, I really like our life as it is now.’ On the way, I’ll let fate take care of it.

When she does, “I want a guy who really loves me and wants to be with me intimately,” she says. “I will be monogamous from now on.”

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For now, she is focused on her children, her future and the joy of each day.

“I just want to be an example to my kids more than anything. I’ve always told them, ‘Do what will make you happy’, I have to do the same.”

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season 17 of sister wives premieres September 11 at 10 pm ET on TLC.

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