The “Sister Wives” stars have reason to celebrate! Although Kody Brown’s family has been dealing with divorce drama, his daughter with Janelle Brown, Maddie Brown, announced over the weekend that she’s engaged to her beau Caleb Brush. But unlike her parents, Maddie has no plans of entering into a plural marriage.
The 19-year-old TLC reality star opened up to People magazine about her engagement, and the bride and groom-to be revealed that they don’t have plans of becoming a polygamist family. Her father has four wives – Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn – and 17 children, with one on the way. Kody is legally married to Robyn, who he wed in 2010, but is spiritually married to Meri, Janelle and Christine.
“We’re not living plural marriage,” Brush told the news outlet. “We support Maddie’s family with their choice of living plural marriage and they support us with our choice in just marrying each other.”
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Although Maddie is the first of Kody Brown’s children to get engaged, the topic of a being a polygamist or monogamist has been brought up before. The Brown patriarch addressed the issue during a June 2014 episode when Aspyn, his eldest daughter with Christine, began dating.
“This concern about whether they’ll be polygamists or not polygamists is a concern for all of our children,” he explained. “And the reason is because we’re a public family that is public because we are different. And so every one of our children are going to be asked, ‘Are you going to be a polygamist too?’”
At the time he said that if Asypyn wants to be in their faith then she will want to “limit who she dates” to who is in their faith. However in February 2015, he told Mariah, his only child with Meri, that if she was seriously considering entering a plural marriage then she needed to be “smart” with who she weds. His argument was that you don’t want to regret your decision 20 years later.