20 Sister Wives Secrets That Reveal What The Brown Family Really Do Behind Closed Doors

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18. Janelle was once in wedlock with Meri’s brother

The Browns’ unusual family tree gets even stranger when you learn that Janelle and Meri were actually sisters-in-law before they became fellow sister wives. Indeed, the former was once wed to the latter’s brother, Adam Clark Barber. This might just explain why the pair’s relationship appears to always have been so frosty.

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17. Kody and Meri once went bankrupt

The Brown family may be rolling in cash now that they’re the stars of a hit reality show. But just over a decade ago they were penniless. With debts of nearly $250,000, Kody and Meri went bankrupt in 2005. The show’s success has since enabled them to pay off their debts.

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16. Meri was catfished during her divorce

The drama surrounding Meri mid-divorce was more suited to another reality show: MTV’s Catfish. While waiting for her legal separation to be finalized, Kody’s first wife began building an online relationship with a man named Sam. But the man in question eventually turned out to be a woman named Jackie Overton.

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