Meri Brown is one fourth of the highly rated TLC reality television show, Sister Wives. While a lot of people might think that the Sister Wives concept might be a little strange and unconventional it’s what Meri knows the best.
Together with Kody, she only has one child: Mariah. And while her life might look happy on the outside, her life from the inside tells a different story. Her personal life has been riddled with one scandal and controversy after another. And while she’s tried to sweep some of those embarrassing scandals underneath the rug, others have managed to see the light of day.
Meri is also a little different than the other wives, Robyn, Christine, and Janelle. For one, she’s more ambitious and business-oriented than the others. Second, she’s also a little problematic.
What’s more, a lot of people can’t help but feel fascinated by Kody Brown and the Sister Wives lifestyle. There’s also a lot of things that their fans don’t know about them. With that being said, here are 15 scandals and other things you didn’t know about Meri Brown. Some of these will truly surprise you. Check it out below and let us know what you think!
15 She Has To Share Her Husband
Meri Brown is a polygamist and she is happily married to the biggest polygamist and reality television star in the world, Kody Brown. For a lot of television viewers, it’s a lifestyle that’s hard to understand. Plus, the details surrounding the technicalities aren’t always very clear. But Meri, Kody and the rest of the women in their family make it work, even when some of them feel like throwing in the towel.
Also, Meri has learned to put her husband and her three sisters in front of her own needs. Meri has said in her book, “It's not a hard-and-fast rule, but I believe that one of the key factors in being a good sister wife is having the ability to see the needs of another sister wife and considering her needs more important than your own.”
14 Her Daughter Became A Lesbian
It’s without a doubt that Kody Brown and his wives have conservative family views. We see that on the show. And that’s why Meri was floored when she found out that her one and only daughter Mariah was, in fact, a lesbian. Meri had a hard time accepting this as part of her reality.
Meri told the camera during one episode, “I just always expected that she would grow up, meet a guy, get married and have kids. I kind of always expected that. I always wanted to have a son. I just always kind of thought well, you know, since I never had a son, I will be able to adopt Mariah's husband as a kind of a son. And I looked forward to seeing who that could be. And that's not gonna happen.”
13 Her Catfish Scandal
Meri Brown’s biggest controversy is, of course, her catfish scandal. She was publicly humiliated in more ways than one! According to reports, it all began when Meri met a man named Sam Cooper on Twitter. This was not too long after she divorced Kody Brown so that he could marry another one of his wives.
After communicated online for about six months, Meri found out that Sam Cooper wasn’t the man that she thought he was. As a matter of fact, she was shocked and horrified to find out that the person she was emailing was a woman named Jackie Overton. Jacie is an infamous online scammer that catfished Meri. To make matters even worse, Meri sent Jackie X-rated text messages to her during their online romance. Jackie also exposed Meri’s private emails on her blog.
12 Almost Meri’ed
Meri Brown’s catfish scandal didn’t end there. Because Jackie knows a good opportunity when she sees one, she wrote a book about the entire experience. She titled it ‘Almost Meri’ed.’ It’s safe to assume that Meri herself hasn’t read the book, but sure she knows of its existence.
Fortunately, a lot of Meri’s fans have come to her aide by blasting Jackie Overton for what they call a disgusting book. It’s also gotten some of the worst reviews we’ve ever seen. Some comments they have left include, “I am deeply saddened by the depth of emotional pain Meri must have been in, to fall for Overton's sick mind games,” along with, “Lonely and mentally ill, Jackie Overton created an alternate universe to her destitute and friendless existence.” Ouch! That has got to hurt!
11 Her Marital Problems With Kody
Meri’s catfish problems have caused her a lot of problems, both personally and professionally. As a reality television star, it made her look like a complete fool. It also caused her some major problems between her and her husband, Kody Brown. As a matter of fact, Meri said that her catfish scandal is to blame for some of their fights. That’s because Meri put her trust in the wrong person.
Meri said, “This catfish was just planting things in my head an telling me how horrible my family was and specifically how horrible Kody was. That was one of the reasons why I didn’t want him around. I was just angry. I’m just angry at him. I just pushed Kody away. I did. He’s not the one I should’ve pushed away.”
10 Pyramid Scheme Scandal
Meri Brown is an entrepreneur. Unlike the other Sister Wives star, she does whatever she can to make a quick and easy buck. She likes to keep busy and most importantly, she likes to run her own businesses. That’s why she’s involved with a clothing company called LuLaRoe. It’s a multi-billion dollar business that uses independent distributors to sell their fashionable leggings to other women online.
Meri has said more than once that she absolutely loves the business. Unfortunately, a lot of people have called it a pyramid scheme. Pyramid schemes, as many people know, are illegal because those involved tend to lose a lot of money. In Touch Weekly says, “Consultants rise in the LuLaRoe ranks if they sell a sufficient amount of inventory or recruit a certain number of new employees.” The problem is, very few do. So far Meri has not made any comments about the scandal and the company’s multiple lawsuits.
9 She Uses Her Fame To Help Her Income
Unlike other LuLaRoe fashion consultants and independent distributors, Meri doesn’t have to work as much to network to sell her items. That’s because she uses her fame to help her income. A week doesn’t pass by that Meri doesn’t promote her LuLaRoe leggings and other fashion items on her social media accounts. While you can surely say a lot of things about Meri Brown, there’s no denying that she’s a smart and savvy businesswoman. For some, fame might be a double-edged sword, but Meri Brown knows exactly what she’s doing.
Meri captioned this Instagram photo with, “If you have long legs like me, a quick fix to the length issue is just throw on a #LuLaRoeLola under your #LuLaRoeAmelia I think I'm loving this! #LivingMyWhy #LoveWhatIDo#LuLaRoeRetailer #LuLaRoeFashion.”
8 Her Business Dealings In Utah
Meri recently opened up her own bed and breakfast in Utah. The only problem is, she’s considered a felon back home because of her living arrangement with her husband Kody and the other sister wives. Still, that hasn’t stopped Meri from doing her business dealings in the state of Utah.
Still, Meri doesn’t it see it this way. She recently shared a photo of her new B&B and captioned it with, “I am beyond excited to announce the opening of Lizzie's Heritage Inn! We had the official grand opening and ribbon cutting on Dec 13. This is an old family home of mine, built by my great-great-grandparents in 1870 and occupied by 4 generations until it sold out of the family in the 1980's. It has been a long time dream of mine to get the home back into the family, and after a lot of work, and when I say a lot, a mean a LOT, it is back in my family where it belongs! I am beyond blessed & excited!!”
7 Attempts To Leave Kody Brown
It’s been reported and speculated so many times that Meri is ready to pack her bags and leave Kody Brown for good. She’s had one foot out the door for several months, if not years now. Apparently, she has been telling close friends and family members that she’s tired of her current marital arrangement and her lifestyle. Plus, she has to share her husband with three other women. As much as the other Sister Wives want everyone to believe that they are happy, it’s not always easy.
If that weren’t enough, Meri is incredibly homesick and tired of feeling so isolated in the state of Nevada. She wants to go back home to Utah. And the only way that will ever happen is if she leaves Kody Brown for good. Watch this space.
6 Does Kody Brown Even Love Her?
For someone like Kody Brown, it has to be hard to try to keep up with your four wives and your 18 children on a daily basis. I mean, a lot of people only have one wife and two kids and they can’t keep up with their day-to-day routine. But with Kody, he has to divide his time equally between his four wives. And he certainly has different things to say about each one of them, prompting some to believe if he loves one wife more than the other.
Kody once said, “Janelle and I can talk business. With Christine, I can enjoy the lightness of being together. With Meri, the world is structured and organized, her house is peaceful and in order. When Robyn came into the family, she brought about an emotional honesty that required me to start dealing with things I avoided.”
5 The Other Sister Wives
When you are competing with three other women for your husband’s attention, things certainly have to get rough. If you don’t have a lot of patience, trust, and understanding, your relationship with your husband and your other Sister Wives can go from good to bad in one hot minute. For Meri, she has to give more than she receives. Her relationship with her Sister Wives is just as important as the one she has with Kody.
Meri has said in her book, Becoming Sister Wives: The Story of an Unconventional Marriage, “It's not a hard-and-fast rule, but I believe that one of the key factors in being a good sister wife is having the ability to see the needs of another sister wife and considering her needs more important than your own.”
4 Is Sister Wives Even Legal?
Sister Wives has been airing on TLC for several years, yet a lot of people can’t help but wonder if the show is even legal! That’s because not every state recognizes a union between one man and several women. But for Kody Brown and his four wives, it’s part of their existence. It might not be legal in the state of Utah, but the TLC network has no problem broadcasting their show all over the world.
As far as the legality behind Kody Brown’s arrangement with his wives, the short answer to everyone’s question is: yes. Yes, Kody’s family is completely legal. That’s because he’s only married to one wife while his other wives are considered his “spiritual partners.” Uh-huh, buddy. It’s almost as if he has one wife and three girlfriends on the side.
3 Kody’s Financial Problems
For years now, it’s been reported that Kody has been having financial issues. He can’t keep up with his family, his bills, and his daily expenses. But does that surprise anyone? Of course not. Reports have indicated that he is in huge financial debt and that he owes over six figures to his debt collectors. Yikes. As I’m sure a lot of people remember, Robyn’s son had a horrific ATV accident and since then, has had a hard time paying off their insurance bills. Still, Kody insists that he has everything under control.
Kody explained, “All I’m going to say is that my marriages aren’t any different from anyone else’s in that respect. The one constant is that I keep my marriages distinct and discreet. There is no overlap, no ‘sharing,’ nothing untoward or salacious.”
2 How Long Will Sister Wives Last?
Both fans and critics will agree that Sister Wives is a one of a kind reality television show. The polygamist world isn’t one that you get to see on the small screen on a daily basis. Yet, Meri and the other wives have managed to normalize it, even if it’s just a little bit. And it’s an experience that she’s definitely proud of, too. Meri says that she wouldn’t trade her experience with the show with anything else in the world.
What’s more, it doesn’t sound like she regrets her lifestyle and sharing her husband with three other women. Meri put it this way, “I would never trade my experience with sister wives and the wonderfully large and dynamic family we share for the simplicity of monogamy. I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.”
1 What’s Next For Meri Brown?
Everyone wants to know what’s next for Meri, Kody and the rest of the Brown family. We are pretty sure that Meri Brown herself couldn’t answer that question even if she wanted to. While it remains to be seen just how happy she is behind closed doors, one thing is for certain: Meri Brown is a busy woman. Her life might not be like what people expect it to be, but that’s not her problem. She does whatever she wants, regardless of what her critics have to say about it.
Meri’s got her leggings business, her new Bed and Breakfast, her family and her marriage. And of course, she also has her reality television show. Even with all of her controversies and her drama, she’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Just like the other Sister Wives, Meri loves the spotlight and of course, those TLC paychecks.
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