Sister Wives star Christine Brown took comfort in her children as she celebrated her first Thanksgiving as a single woman in a quarter-century.
At the beginning of the month she announced on Instagram that she had split from her polygamist husband Kody Brown after 25 years.
But this week the 49-year-old posted a coupe of sweet snaps letting her fans in on her seasonal celebrations with her family.
Sister Wives star: Christine Brown took comfort in her children as she celebrated this Thanksgiving; her children Paedon, 23, and Truely, 11, are pictured on the holiday
The day before Thanksgiving she posted a snap of herself coordinating pajamas with her mother RuthAnn and youngest daughter Truely, 11.
‘Matching pajamas with my Mom and Truely! #blessed #lularoeholly #holiday #christmaspajamas,’ she captioned the snap, which included their Christmas tree.
Then on Thanksgiving itself Christine posted another photo showing her and Kody’s son Paedon, 23, playing a board game with his little sister Truely.
‘I am so tired of LOSING the Harry Potter Clue game. Truely WON and this wad of paper is her score card!’ Christine captioned.
So sweet: The day before Thanksgiving she posted a snap of herself coordinating pajamas with her mother RuthAnn and youngest daughter Truely, 11
Along with Paedon and Truely, Christine and Kody also share four other daughters called Aspyn, 26, Mykelti, 25, Gwendlyn, 20 and Ysabel, 18.
Christine has been starring on the TLC show Sister Wives since 2010 and can still be seen on the current 16th season.
She became her ex’s third wife after the couple spiritually married in 1994.
Christine announced she had ‘made the difficult decision to leave’ in a statement posted to her Instagram account on November 1.
‘After more than 25 years together, Kody and I have grown apart and I have made the difficult decision to leave. We will continue to be a strong presence in each other’s lives as we parent our beautiful children and support our wonderful family.
Still going: Christine has been starring on the TLC show Sister Wives since 2010 and can still be seen on the current 16th season
‘At this time, we ask for your grace and kindness as we navigate through this stage within our family. With Love, Christine Brown.’
Kody addressed the split with a statement of his own on Twitter.
‘Christine’s decision to leave comes with a great deal of sadness,’ he posted. ‘We enjoyed many years together and I have a large amount of respect and admiration for her. Although we are moving forward on different paths, we will always remain committed parents.’
In total, Kody has 18 children.
Farewell: Her announcement post (pictured above)
In addition to his six children with Christine, he shares daughter Mariah, 26, with Meri, sons Logan, Hunter, Robert, Gabriel and daughters Maddie and Savannah with Janelle, and son Solomon, one, and daughter Ariella, five, with Robyn.
He also adopted Robyn’s children from a previous marriage, son David and daughters Aurora and Breanna.
David is also a grandfather, with his daughter Mykelti welcoming Avalon earlier this year and Maddie giving birth to two children of her own.
While Kody and Christine have been together for almost three decades, cracks in the relationship were evident in a teaser for the upcoming 16 season of Sister Wives.
Separating: Kody addressed the split with a statement of his own on Twitter
In the teaser, Christine discusses her desire to move back to Utah from Arizona as the family struggle over being separated amid the pandemic.
‘Covid has brought out how much we want to be a family. We’re not,’ she said in a confessional.
‘The best I could give today is pretend. I don’t want to move on the property. I want to move back to Utah,’ she later says.
Christine and Kody also have a one-on-one conversation in one scene, where she tells him: ‘I would move to Utah in a heartbeat, are you kidding me?
Hashing it out: In the teaser, Christine discusses her desire to move back to Utah from Arizona as the family struggle over being separated amid the pandemic
‘Is it on the table still?’ she wonders before Kody firmly dismisses the possibility in a confessional.
She’s then seen walking away from the conversation, saying: ‘I’m not going to talk to you.’
Christine reflects on their situation with producers, asking: ‘Why would I want to live on the same property with a dysfunctional marriage where right over there, he’s got a full-functioning marriage.’
‘Who would ever want to live like that?’ she says as the clip closes.
This isn’t the first time Christine has been so candid about her problems in the family dynamic.
On the season 15 finale, Christine admitted she wasn’t sure if she could continue being with Kody.
‘Meri, I can’t do marriage with Kody anymore,’ she said on the season 15 finale. ‘I don’t want to… It’s not enough.’
She also described her challenges being in Flagstaff and in partnership with Kody.
‘I agreed to move to Flagstaff, and I followed Kody here, but it’s been a struggle the whole time,’ she said. ‘I’m tired of feeling like I don’t matter, I’m tired of not having his support when I really need it. I’m just tired. I need a partnership. I need something different than this.’
‘It would cramp my style’: Christine previously told Us Weekly she enjoyed the freedom that came with being in a plural marriage and insisted she wasn’t a ‘monogamous person’; pictured 2015
The couple landed at the center of split rumors last year when Kody sold Christine the Arizona home they had both bought together, according to The Sun.
The $520,000 home in Flagstaff was sold to Christine for $10, according to the Warranty Deed obtained by the site.
Last month, Christine sold the home for $700,000, according to The Sun.
Christine previously told Us Weekly she enjoyed the freedom that came with being in a plural marriage and insisted she wasn’t a ‘monogamous person.’
‘I’ve never been a monogamous [person], never. So, I mean, it’s so out there and beyond my understanding to have a guy around every night.
‘I felt, like, it would cramp my style a lot because I’ve never had that as soon as Kody and I married. I was the third wife. And so, I really liked the independence that I have and I love the freedom that I have. I love that I can just have those evenings where I’m wearing the grossest most comfortable clothes ever and I’m just, you know, curled up on the couch with the girls, eating popcorn and playing games or something. … I feel bad whenever I say things like that — really bad.’
Sisters Wives debuted on TLC in 2010, and a year later the family landed in the middle of a legal battle when they sued the state of Utah, contesting the state’s polygamy laws.
However, in 2016 an appeals court dismissed the case.
The upcoming season of Sister Wives will premiere on November 21st at 10pm on TLC.