He's a happily married father with a good job and a reality television series.If you saw him at a PTA meeting or in the produce aisle, you may never guess that Kody is also a polygamist. These women and their 16 children are starring alongside Kody on TLC's controversial series Sister Wives. "I'm a repeat offender." Growing up, Kody was raised by monogamous Mormon parents, but when he was 21 years old, he says he converted to fundamental Mormonism.So if you're good with one marriage, they figure you'll be good with two.
Then, in 2010, they added Robyn, Kody's fourth wife, and her three children to the mix.The third woman to join the family, Christine, grew up in a polygamist family and wanted that lifestyle for herself as well."I never wanted to just be married to a man," she says."I've been in this career for about 10 years, and I've been fairly private about it," he says. They understood me, and I was their token polygamist friend." Eventually, the entire company found out that I was [a polygamist], and the tolerance and acceptance has been beautiful." On the other hand, Meri's former employer wasn't as accepting.After Sister Wives premiered, Meri says she was terminated from her position in the mental health industry."The [polygamist] society tends to be fairly closed," Kody says.