'Sister Wives' star Christine Brown explains why she's leaving her husband Kody in a new trailer for season 17: 'Robyn is more important'

Christine and Kody Brown. TLC; TLC
"I'm leaving Kody," Christine Brown explains in the Sister Wives Season 17 trailer.
She says in a confessional to Kody: "Robyn is more important".
Kody's other wives seem upset with Christine's choice during the season, which premieres September 11th.
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Christine and Kody Brown's marriage will officially end during Season 17, according to the trailer released Monday.
In a clip of a conversation between the estranged couple at the beginning of the trailer, Christine, 50, tells Kody, 53, "It's heartbreaking to have been your wife for years."
In a solo confession interview, Christine tells producers, "I fancy Kody, Robyn is more important." Kody's third wife feels that her husband has enforced a hierarchy among his wives for many years and his fourth wife, Robyn, stands at the top.
"I agreed to be a sister wife, but I agreed to be an equal wife," Christine says in a self-confessed interview clip later in the trailer.
"I've decided to leave, I'm leaving Kody," Christine explains during a conversation in the trailer, though viewers can't see who she's talking to.
The former spouses originally announced their split via Instagram posts to the world in November 2021.
Christine became Kody's third spiritual wife when the former couple married in March 1994 in a religious ceremony not legally recognized. They have six children together: Aspyn, 27, Mykelti, 26, Paedon, 24, Gwendlyn, 20, Ysabel, 19 and Vera 12.
Fans of TLC's reality show Sister Wives know that Christine has constantly struggled with Kody's courtship and eventual marriage to Robyn since the show's first season, which began filming in August 2009 and aired its first episode in fall 2010 would have.
In addition to the constant struggle of needing more attention from Kody in their relationship, in recent years there have been tensions between the ex-spouses over where the family lives.
During the show's second season, Kody moved from Utah to Las Vegas, Nevada with his four wives and 18 children because they were being investigated in Utah after going public with their polygamous lifestyle. For the show's final seasons, the Brown family lived in Flaggstaff, Arizona, where they plan to build homes on a large lot.
Kody Brown and Christine Brown from Sister Wives. Gabe Ginsberg/Contributor/Getty Images
But Christine wanted to go back to Utah because polygamy was decriminalized there in 2020, according to the New York Times. In 2020, Kody's strict rules regarding COVID-19 continue to weigh on him and several wives, including Christine.
The Browns are in isolation during COVID, and each of the children who were still living at home stayed with their birth mothers. But Kody only visited homes that followed his very strict rules, including disinfecting mail and groceries before bringing them in, changing clothes after going out, and not traveling or visiting adult children or other wives.
As seen in "Sister Wives" Season 16, Christine broke some of those rules to visit Janelle and her children, travel to the East Coast for her daughter Ysabel to have scoliosis surgery, and raise her children to visit.
Kody and his first wife Meri have been estranged for many years, which meant Kody was only visiting Robyn and her children for most of the pandemic.
"I'm not ready for Christine to go," Robyn, who spiritually married Kody in May 2010, said in the new season trailer.
Meri Brown, Janelle Brown, Kody Brown, Christine Brown and Robyn BrownFrederick M. Brown/Getty Images
"I would never do anything to hurt this family," Robyn later added in a confessional. "I just wish people could see that."
As for Kody, he can be seen screaming in frustration during a meeting with Christine and his wives in the new season trailer. He tells her that she "never tried" to have a good relationship with "other people" in the family.
He adds that Christine's decision to leave was a "knife in the kidneys" after all the "sacrifices I made to love you."
Season 17 of Sister Wives premieres on TLC at 10 p.m. ET.
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