The Brown family patriarch was asked to address his relationship status with Janelle Brown in a sneak peek for the upcoming Sister Wives: One on One special, which aired toward the end of Sunday’s episode.
Janelle, also 53, confirmed: “Kody and I have separated.”
Janelle, who entered into a polygamous marriage with Kody in 1993, is the second Brown family matriarch to go solo after Christine. In November 2021, Christine announced her separation from Kody after 25 years of marriage.
Kody still remains in a polygamous bond with Meri Brown and Robyn Brown, though his relationship with Meri has become platonic.
Kody’s issues with Janelle — and Christine, too — have persisted all season long. In last week’s episode, Kody and Janelle contemplated whether or not their relationship still worked. Kody even felt as if he was “begging” Janelle to have a deeper bond with him.
This week’s episode saw Kody and Janelle engaging in a blowout argument over her failure to comply with his COVID-19 safety rules. But Janelle believes she’s done everything she could given the severity of the circumstances — and she doesn’t think she should have to “defend” herself.
In that same episode, Janelle also questioned the future of the Brown family.