Sister Wives Star Mariah Brown Reveals She Became a Homophobe to Compensate with Her Conflicted Feelings About Being Gay

Growing up as a devout fundamentalist Mormon, Mariah Brown struggled to come to terms with her sexuality

Growing up as a devout fundamentalist Mormon in a polygamous family, Mariah Brown struggled to come to terms with her sexuality. Terrified of being gay, the Sister Wives star says she became a self-proclaimed homophobe.

“It was something I was so scared of in myself,” she says in the latest issue of PEOPLE. “If you were to ask me my biggest fear, it would have been to be gay.”

As a child in Utah, Brown says her church’s stance on homosexuality was always made clear to her.

“I remember being in church, and they talked about how being gay was bad,” she recalls. “But none of that came from my parents. It was from church and the people I was around. One bishop told me gay people were selfish.”

“People say they try to ‘pray away the gay,’ but I wouldn’t even let myself think the word,” she says. “I just wouldn’t even go there.”

Eventually, the inner turmoil took a toll and Mariah suffered from sleepless nights and panic attacks. It wasn’t until she started touring colleges as a high school senior that a chance encounter changed her life. While visiting a school, one of Mariah’s guides was gay and shared his story with her.

“That was sort of the start of realizing this is okay,” she says. “My whole life I tried to shut it out. I was finally letting myself be real. I had this image I had to uphold, and when I started letting that go, I realized I didn’t have to be the person I thought I had to be.”

Just before Thanksgiving, Mariah told her family, including her father, Kody, biological mother, Meri, and her mothers through polygamy, Janelle, Christine and Robyn, that she was gay.

“I’m so proud of her for having the strength,” says Meri.

While their church may not approve of homosexuality, the Brown family is standing by their daughter.

“No matter what our religion says, what my heart says is that she is our daughter and she is a person and she has a right to her truth,” says Robyn.

‘Sister Wives’: Mariah Brown Talks About Being Gay In Religious Upbringing

Sister Wives star Mariah Brown is talking about coming out in a religious upbringing. In the new episode, she gets emotional as she discusses her sexuality and her family upbringing. This was revealed in an exclusive sneak peek of the TLC series. In the clip of the reality show’s new episode airing on Sunday, March 15, Mariah talks and opens about her personal life. She talks about the time since coming out to her family.

Understandably, it’s been very hard on Mariah. She grew up in a polygamous family who’s also deeply religious. She is also the only child of Meri and Kody Brown. Mariah felt a lot of pressure to follow their lead. She leaned on her fiancée, Audrey Kriss, during that time. TV Shows Ace reported about the couple’s thoughts on adopting one day.

‘Sister Wives’: Mariah Brown Talks About Being Gay In Religious Upbringing

Sister Wives’ Meri Brown tried to raise gay daughter Mariah, 25, in a ‘different culture’ from her own strict upbringing

SISTER Wives star Meri Brown says she wants to raise her gay daughter Mariah in a “different culture” to her strict upbringing. 

The 50-year-old, who grew up in a polygamist household, said she doesn’t want her daughter to feel “in a box,” like she did.

In a new clip of Sunday’s Sister Wives episode, the reality star talked about the life she and husband Kody, along with his three other wives, have tried to create for their 18 combined children. 

Meri and Kody’s daughter Mariah Brown revealed during a recent visit that she and fiancée Audrey Kriss, are leaving Chicago, Illinois, and returning to Utah to be closer to family.

Speaking about the move, Meri confided to the cameras: “I love that they have that experience of living in Chicago. And it’s just a fun and different experience. 

Meri, who divorced Kody in 2014 so he could marry fourth wife Robyn, explained that she had wanted to create “a different culture” for the children than what she had. 

Giving an insight of how she grew, she said: “Even though it was like, the polygamist culture, the culture I grew up in was: you need to get married when you’re young, and you need to have kids, and you need to be quiet about who you are, and you just need to just stay in this little box.”

She went on: “We’ve tried to create ‚you can do whatever you want to do‘ for our kids.”

Sister Wives’ Meri Brown tried to raise gay daughter Mariah, 25, in a ‘different culture’ from her own strict upbringing

Sister Wives‘ Mariah Brown Says Being Gay Was Her ‚Biggest Fear‘ Before Ultimately Coming To Terms With Her Sexuality

Mariah Brown is opening up about her journey of coming to terms with her you may know, the Sister Wives star told her family — a devout, fundamentalist, polygamous Mormon family, that is — she identifies as a lesbian in the latest episode of the TLC a new interview with , Miz Brown admits she was once terrified of being gay, which ultimately made her become a self-proclaimed homophobe:

“It was something I was so scared of in myself. If you were to ask me my biggest fear, it would have been to be gay.”

Sister Wives‘ Maddie Brown Is Expecting Her First Child!These fears were instilled in her as a child because of her church’s strict stance on homosexuality:

“I remember being in church, and they talked about how being gay was bad. But none of that came from my parents. It was from church and the people I was around. One bishop told me gay people were selfish.”

Feeling ashamed, Mariah tried to slide her true feelings under the rug:

“People say they try to ├óΓé¼╦£pray away the gay,’ but I wouldn’t even let myself think the word. I just wouldn’t even go there.”

But, as we can imagine, the inner battle she was facing led to many sleepless nights and panic attacks. So wasn’t until the TV personality went off to college that she was able to open up to the idea:

“That was sort of the start of realizing this is okay. My whole life I tried to shut it out. I was finally letting myself be real. I had this image I had to uphold, and when I started letting that go, I realized I didn’t have to be the person I thought I had to be.”

Amazing!!And fortunately for Mariah, her very large family was super accepting of their biological mother, Meri, said:

“No matter what our religion says, what my heart says is that she is our daughter and she is a person and she has a right to her truth.”

We just love a happy ending!!!Taking to Twitter, Mariah said of her story:

this is for all the kids who are scared & afraid to come out. it gets better & you are worth it. i promise. — mariah (@mariahlian) January 4, 2017

Sister Wives' Mariah Brown Says Being Gay Was Her 'Biggest Fear' Before Ultimately Coming To Terms With Her Sexuality

Sister Wives‘ Mariah Brown: Being Gay Was My Biggest Fear!

Hey, so how about that big shocker that happened on Sister Wives Sunday night when Mariah Brown announced that she’s gay?

She sat down her parents, Kody and Meri Brown, and the other Sister Wives, Robyn, Christine and Janelle — and the cameras, of course — and came right out of that closet.

The religion she grew up in, Fundamentalist Mormonism, is strongly against homosexuality in every way, shape and form.

Although her parents have spoken out in support of marriage equality in the past, it still must have been hard to come out.

And in a seriously heartbreaking new interview Mariah just did, she confirmed that difficult doesn’t begin to describe it.

„I remember being in church, and they talked about how being gay was bad,“ she says. „One bishop told me gay people were selfish.“

Thankfully, she adds that „none of that came from my parents“ but only „from church and the people I was around.“

Poor Mariah says that things were so tough when she was younger, that „If you were to ask me my biggest fear, it would have been to be gay.“

„People say they try to ‚pray away the gay,‘ but I wouldn’t even let myself think the word,“ she reveals. „I just wouldn’t even go there.“

Mariah recalls that she fought her feelings so hard and tried to repress everything that she began suffering from insomnia and anxiety.

Things were like that for a long time, but then when she was a senior in college, she met a gay man while touring a college, and she had a long talk with him.

„That was sort of the start of realizing this is okay,“ she says. „My whole life I tried to shut it out. I was finally letting myself be real.“

„I had this image I had to uphold, and when I started letting that go, I realized I didn’t have to be the person I thought I had to be.“

And that was true — every single one of her parents fully support her.

Her mother, Meri, says „I’m so proud of her for having the strength.“

Her father, Kody, candidly explained that when „you come from an Old Testament religion, you are not excited that your child comes out.“

„I thought about this years ago,“ he says, and „I made a decision.“

„My job as a dad is to love and respect and not to judge.“

As for Janelle, she states that „We’re just happy she’s figured out who she is. It’s tremendous when you see a kid do that.“

Christine, for her part, adds that when Mariah came out, „Everyone jumped up and hugged her and congratulated her.“

„She is so radiant and just so beautiful that when she tells people I feel like most of them will be ok because she is so confident and so secure with being gay.“

And Robyn concludes with, „No matter what our religion says, what my heart says is that she is our daughter and she is a person and she has a right to her truth.“

We give you a good deal of grief sometimes, and in some cases it’s warranted, but way to come through in the end here, Sister Wives.

Sister Wives' Mariah Brown: Being Gay Was My Biggest Fear!

‚Sister Wives’s Gwendolyn Brown Tweets She is a „Raging Bisexual“

She says she was never really in the closet to begin with.

It was only two words, but sometimes that’s all you need to make a big statement. It’s that type of splash Sister Wives star Gwendolyn Brown made when she came out on Twitter with an update to her profile that simply read “raging bisexual.”

The revelation caused quite the stir on social media. According to Pink News, some fans questioned if Brown was really gay at all and the 18-year-old actor eventually deactivated her account to escape the fans.

Speculation about Brown’s sexuality had been brewing for months on Reddit ever since she had added a rainbow emoji to her Instagram profile. She later clarified in a tweet from her since-deleted profile that was saved and posted in the thread that she was never really in the closet to begin with.

Brown is the fourth daughter of Christine and Kody Brown on Sister Wives, a show following the lives of a polygamist and his four wives and 18 children. While the marriage between Kody and wife Meri is legal, his marriages to Gwendolyn’s mom Christine, and also Janelle and Robin are considered spiritual unions rather than legal unions.

Gwendolyn has been increasingly willing to add her voice to those calling for change, protesting police violence, and supporting struggles of both BLM and the LGBTQ+ community. In a recent Instagram post she noted that the LGBTQ+ rights movement owes a debt of gratitude to queer people of color because, as she sees it, they “set it all in motion, especially trans women of color.”

Gwendolyn is not the first of the Brown bunch to come out. Her half sister Mariah revealed she was gay in 2017. Mariah got engaged to Audrey Triss in 2019 and she indicated in an episode from March of this year entitled “Growing up Gay and Religious” that the couple are considering children, much to the pleasure of her four moms.

“The fact that they’re talking babies, I’m so okay with that,” Mariah’s mother Meri explained on the episode.

“Well, they should,” observed Kody’s fourth wife, Robyn. “There’s two wombs.”

Mariah Brown Breaks Down on Sister Wives, Says Her Dad Fully Supports Her Sexuality

Sister Wives took a much-needed break from the ongoing tension between Kody Brown and his spouses on this week.

Seriously, we can’t be the only ones sick of hearing Kody put everyone else down for disagreeing with his real estate plans, can we?

On Sunday night, it was therefore refreshing to see the focus of the TLC series shift for an episode over to one of Kody’s kids…

… and a personal journey far more interesting and important than whether or not the Browns all live in the same house or not.

Indeed, Mariah Brown was brought to the forefront this week, as Kody’s daughter broke down into tears while discussing intimate details about her romantic and family life. 

And as she did, the reality star received support from her fiancée, Audrey Kriss.

What are things like for a woman who was raised in a very religious household — and later realized she was gay?

“In my teens, I felt very devoted to the church that I was raised in,” the 24-year old said in a joint confessional with Audrey, adding:

“I wanted to live polygamy. I think it was a way to protect myself from, like, coming out to myself, really.”

But she fought on and continued in her candid confessioan.

“I’m very grateful [for] the way my parents raised me,“ she explained, perhaps to the surprise of some fans.

‚I’m very grateful for my upbringing and at the same time, it was very painful. And it was really hard for me to, like, be gay and be religous at the same time.”

Mariah proceeded to admit that she’s often “considered many times” how different her life would be if her family had not moved to Las Vegas.

“My guess is what would happen is I would get married to a man with a few wives, be there a few years, hate my life and eventually leave,” she said.

As for how her dad reacted when she told him she was gay?

Did Kody explode or judge his daughter for her sexuality?

“Right after I came out, my dad, he told me this before but he reiterated to me that he had a conversation with God many years ago and God said, ‘You love, I judge,’” she recalled.

“And so all dad did was love. That’s all he does with everybody.”

That’s a different side to Kody than we typically see, isn’t it?

Over the past several weeks, Kody has come across more selfish and insensitive than ever while clashing with Meri, Janelle, Robyn and Christine.

One would think that the Mormon Church would frown upon someone such as Mariah, and one might be right about this.

But, on this Sister Wives episode, Mariah only had positive things to say about her parents and loved ones.

“Religious institutions are spaces where there’s rules and if you are not following these rules or guidelines, you can feel pretty marginalized and I did feel that way with my church,“ she said on air, continuing as follows:

„But with my family, I found so much comfort and they love me anyway.

„They love me and they love Audrey, and they love our love.”

Mariah, whose mother is Meri Brown, came out to her family during a July 2017 episode of Sister Wives.

At the time, the then-21-year-old received warm reactions from her relatives, along with fans of the long-running program.

Since sharing her truth, Mariah went on to propose to Audrey at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C.

She said just this January that her mental health hasn’t been great, but at least she has the support of her dad and her family back home.

„I think sometimes mental & physical health feel really separated, but the truth is, they are all one in the same,“ Mariah wrote on Instagram about two months ago.

„I am a whole human being meant to be treated as such. and so are you. what a privilege it is to care for my whole being.“

I hope koda can be a little reminder for all of us that sometimes running around, getting lots of snuggles, and chilling out are all we need.

And maybe sometimes, we need a little bit more than that, too, and it’s a beautiful thing to be able give that to ourselves…

‚Sister Wives‘: Kody Brown Compares Daughter Mariah’s Gay Lifestyle to Polygamy

star Kody Brown recently compared his daughter Mariah’s life as a gay woman to the polygamist life that he and his wives have lived, saying, „The parallels are very similar.“ During Sunday night’s episode of the show, the family sat down to decide who to invite to Mariah’s wedding. Fans will remember that Mariah became engaged to her girlfriend Audrey Kriss back in 2019, and the pair wanted to make sure they did not invite anyone to their wedding who would disapprove of their union.

Most everyone in the family seemed to understand their position. Still, Kody had a different perspective, politely making the argument that many of the people who „had a problem at first“ with his „polygamous wedding“ to fourth and legal wife Robyn „sort of lightened up through that process.“ During a confessional interview with his first wife, Meri, the Brown family patriarch elaborated. „We were monogamously married, OK? Just the two of us,“ he said. „We had people come to our wedding reception who said, ‚We’re here because we love you, but this does not mean that we are condoning your chosen lifestyle.'“

This led Kody to his point that he sees Mariah’s situation as being similar to his own. „So, Audrey and Mariah — the parallels are very similar. In fact, that kind of treatment where people are like, ‚Well, I love you, but I sure think your lifestyle [and] your religion are dumb,‘ we dealt with that,“ he said. „That may have well-been something that helped me, personally, develop a high level of just acceptance of people who are gay. I know what it’s like to be picked on.“

He then added, „If you invite all these people, [you] force them to think openly about, ‚What would God have me do? Would God have me ostracize these people because of their apology?‘ Make them think about it.“

In 2017, Mariah shared with her family that she was gay, and while everyone appears to be comfortable now, at first, the news landed as quite a shock. In particular, Meri — who is Mariah’s biological mother — was very surprised and said that she feels bad about how she took the news to this day. „I will never forget and always regret my reaction because I was completely clueless and I felt like such a bad mom,“ she said in a confessional.“

„I felt horrible,“ Meri continued. „I guess it was about maybe three or four months later; she introduced us to Audrey. I have absolutely loved seeing their relationship bloom. They are so good for each other.“ Sister Wives airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET, on TLC.

Sister Wives‘ Meri Brown tried to raise gay daughter Mariah, 25, in a ‘different culture’ from her own strict upbringing

SISTER Wives star Meri Brown says she wants to raise her gay daughter Mariah in a “different culture” to her strict upbringing. 

The 50-year-old, who grew up in a polygamist household, said she doesn’t want her daughter to feel “in a box”, like she did.

In a new clip of Sunday’s Sister Wives episode, the reality star talked about the life she and husband Kody, along with his three other wives, have tried to create for their 18 combined children. 

Meri and Kody’s daughter Mariah Brown revealed during a recent visit that she and fiancée Audrey Kriss, are leaving Chicago, Illinois, and returning to Utah to be closer to family.

Speaking about the move, Meri confided to the cameras: “I love that they have that experience of living in Chicago. And it’s just a fun and different experience. 

Meri, who divorced Kody in 2014 so he could marry fourth wife Robyn, explained that she had wanted to create “a different culture” for the children than what she had. 

Giving an insight of how she grew, she said: “Even though it was like, the polygamist culture, the culture I grew up in was: you need to get married when you’re young, and you need to have kids, and you need to be quiet about who you are, and you just need to just stay in this little box.”

She went on: “We’ve tried to create ‚you can do whatever you want to do‘ for our kids.”

Meri and Kody married in 1990 and three years later sister wife Janelle joined their home, followed in 1994 by Christine, and in 2010 Robyn joined the Brown family as Kody’s fourth wife. 

Kody divorced Meri in order to marry Robyn so he could adopt her three children from a previous relationship.

The Sun recently reported how Kody, Robyn and their five children have isolated themselves away at their $890,000 mansion just outside of Flagstaff, Arizona.

In early December, The Sun revealed Kody made a rare visit to wife Janelle, 50, and their daughter Savannah, 16, at their one-story rental home.

But he failed to drop in on Meri, who lives just down the street.

Sister Wives: Kody Compares Polygamy To Daughter Mariah Brown’s Gay Lifestyle, Fans Get Offended

The young couple Mariah Brown and Audrey Kriss are some of the most-loved cast members of TLC’s Sister Wives. The two of them, with the support of their families, will be getting hitched sooner this year. In fact, the Brown family patriarch is already looking for wedding venues alongside his first wife and Mariah’s mother, Meri. Recently, when Kody Brown was talking about his daughter’s upcoming wedding, he compared his polygamous marriage to her gay lifestyle. Here’s a detailed look at the topic.

Sister Wives‘ Daughter, Mariah, Shocks Parents by Coming Out: ‚I’m Gay‘

The only child of Kody and Meri Brown announced her sexuality on her family’s long-running TLC show Sunday night

Sister Wives began the new year with an unexpected twist.

On Sunday night’s episode, Kody and Meri Brown’s 21-year-old daughter, Mariah, broke the news to her parents — including sister wives Janelle, Christine and Robyn — that she identified as a lesbian.

• For more on Mariah Brown, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE for an exclusive interview with the reality star, on newsstands Friday

The college student tweeted out her thanks to everyone who showed her support after Sunday’s episode on TLC, along with a two emojis and a Pride flag.

While Fundamentalist Mormonism, which the Browns closely align their faith to, does not approve of homosexuality, the family told HuffPost Live in a 2013 interview that everyone should be able “structure” their family “in any way they want,” whether they are gay or straight.

Mariah’s news came after the Browns were rocked in October 2015 when Meri made headlines admitting she had been tricked into an online relationship with a woman whom she thought was a man.

Since the scandal, they’ve been working on repairing their family, but it hasn’t been easy. Kody and Meri entered therapy to deal with the emotional fallout of the latter’s catfishing scandal.

Mariah Brown Of ‚Sister Wives‘ Makes Huge Announcement That She Is Gay

Tonight on a new episode of Sister Wives, Mariah Brown shared that she had a big announcement to make to the family. Christine Brown tried to get her to tell her what was going on, but Mariah was quiet about it and wouldn’t tell until the entire family was in the room. All of the moms and Kody Brown came into one room along with Christine Brown’s mom who lives with the family. It was then time for Mariah to finally make her Brown said that he could tell that it was an important meeting. He even teased Mariah Brown that if she is engaged, he hopes that it was to someone that he knows and likes. She explained that wasn’t what was going on at all. Next, Kody Brown asked if she got accepted into medical school. She explained to her dad that she hasn’t even applied yet, so that wasn’t the case.

Finally, Mariah Brown announced „I’m gay“ with a huge smile on her face. One mom then said, „Are you serious?“ Meri Brown looked really shocked to hear the news. They showed on a preview that Kody explains that he isn’t happy that Mariah Brown is gay, but instead he is happy that she knows herself. Robyn Brown seems totally okay with all of it. Meri Brown is shocked because she thought she knew her daughter and she wasn’t expecting to hear that at all. Mariah is the only daughter that Meri has with Kody.

Mariah Brown does have a Twitter account, and she lets you in on a lot about her on this page. Her profile says, „ask me about my radical feminist agenda.“ She also shared that she spent New Years with her brother Logan and his girlfriend Michelle in Dublin. It sounds like they had a great time together. Mariah says that 2016 was a hard year for her, but was also probably the best year of her life. You have to wonder if the fact that she finally admitted that she is gay to her family is part of the reason it was such a good year for her. Mariah has also made it very clear that she is excited to become an aunt since her sister Maddie Brown is pregnant. Mariah hasn’t been shy on her Twitter about the fact that she does drink and enjoys it, which also shows she isn’t following all of the religious things she was taught growing up.’Sister Wives‘ Season 7 Spoilers: Brown Family Goes to Therapy, Meri and Mariah Not in Good Terms

— Believe (@SpiritLaunch) April 16, 2016 Ashley’s Reality Roundup shared a while back that Mariah Brown had admitted she might want to live the polygamist lifestyle at some point. Most of the family doesn’t want that, but Mariah liked the way that she grew up and was totally fine with having sister wives in her life. She did later share that once she started going to college, she had changed her mind and didn’t want to live the polygamist lifestyle. She no longer agrees with the way her church believes.

‚Sister Wives‘ Season 7 Spoilers: Brown Family Goes to Therapy, Meri and Mariah Not in Good Terms

Are you shocked to hear that Mariah Brown made the decision that she is gay and shared with the family? Is this what you were expecting her to say? Sound off in the comments section below on your thoughts, and don’t miss the new episode of Sister Wives next Sunday where the family will talk about Mariah Brown’s big announcement. Next week is going to be a great episode where they talk a lot more about what Mariah had to say and you do not want to miss it.

Sister Wives Star Mariah Brown Reveals How Her Conflict Over Being Gay Turned Her into a Homophobe

Growing up as a devout fundamentalist Mormon in a polygamous family, Mariah Brown struggled to come to terms with her sexuality. Terrified of being gay, the Sister Wives star says she became a self-proclaimed homophobe.

“It was something I was so scared of in myself,” she says in the latest issue of PEOPLE. “If you were to ask me my biggest fear, it would have been to be gay.”

As a child in Utah, Brown says her church’s stance on homosexuality was always made clear to her.

“I remember being in church, and they talked about how being gay was bad,” she recalls. “But none of that came from my parents. It was from church and the people I was around. One bishop told me gay people were selfish.”

“People say they try to ‘pray away the gay,’ but I wouldn’t even let myself think the word,” she says. “I just wouldn’t even go there.”

Eventually, the inner turmoil took a toll and Mariah suffered from sleepless nights and panic attacks. It wasn’t until she started touring colleges as a high school senior that a chance encounter changed her life. While visiting a school, one of Mariah’s guides was gay and shared his story with her.

“That was sort of the start of realizing this is okay,” she says. “My whole life I tried to shut it out. I was finally letting myself be real. I had this image I had to uphold, and when I started letting that go, I realized I didn’t have to be the person I thought I had to be.”

Just before Thanksgiving, Mariah told her family, including her father, Kody, biological mother, Meri, and her mothers through polygamy, Janelle, Christine and Robyn, that she was gay.

“I’m so proud of her for having the strength,” says Meri.

While their church may not approve of homosexuality, the Brown family is standing by their daughter.

“No matter what our religion says, what my heart says is that she is our daughter and she is a person and she has a right to her truth,” says Robyn.

‚My biggest fear was being gay‘: Sister Wives‘ Mariah Brown was homophobic for years until her professor made her realize she is a lesbian she says as her coming out leaves mom Meri in tears

Published: 16:34 EDT, 4 January 2017 | Updated: 17:19 EDT, 4 January 2017

Proud: Mariah Brown (above) spoke about her decision to come out on this week’s episode of Sister Wives in a new interview

Waterworks: The news that her daughter was a lesbian left her mother Meri (above) in tears and saying that she did not know her daughter

Back in the day: ‚If you were to ask me my biggest fear, it would have been to be gay,‘ Mariah said, explaining she used to be a homophobe because of her religious upbringing (Mariah with her parents above)

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Mariah (above in next week’s episode of Sister Wives) said that things began to change when she took a psychology class at school and her professor opened her mind to help her ‚accept‘ her sexuality

It’s a start: ‚We’re not happy that Mariah’s gay, we’re happy she knows herself,‘ said Mariah’s father Kody (above)

Go for it: Mariah assembled her entire family before Thanksgiving to deliver the news (Mariah above coming out)

Mommy dearest: ‚I don’t want to say the wrong thing and be offensive, but at the same time I want to say what I feel,‘ Mariah’s mother Meri (above) tells her after the news

Difficult days: Mariah and Meri have had a fractured relationship ever since Meri had an emotional affair online with a man who was really a woman catfishing her

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Sister Wives star Mariah Brown — the only daughter of Meri and Kody Brown — has found love.

Since coming out as gay in an episode of the TLC reality show, the 21-year-old has gone public with her first relationship with a woman.

Mariah made it “Facebook official” with her new girlfriend Audrey Kriss, whom she praised on Twitter earlier this month for International Women’s Day.

“Shoutout to Audrey Kriss for literally changing my life and showing me that who I am is perfectly okay,” she tweeted.

Shoutout to Audrey Kriss for literally changing my life & showing me that who I am is perfectly okay.

Mariah’s coming out wasn’t easy for her parents, especially her mother. During the episode, Meri lamented to the cameras, “I did not see it coming…I thought I knew my daughter, I didn’t.”

Her father, however, was more supportive, explaining, “We’re not happy that Mariah is gay — we’re happy that Mariah knows herself.”

here’s a basic selfie-at-the-stoplight-cuz-it’s-my-birthday pic

While the Brown family are devout Mormon fundamentalists — a religion that does not typically approve of homosexuality — the reality TV fam has gone public explaining that they’re supportive of same-sex marriage.

As Robyn, one of Kody’s other wives explained in 2013, “All adults should be able to choose who they love and how they structure their family.”

After the show aired, Kody expressed nothing but support for his daughter and explained how A Christmas Carol helped him understand the important of acceptance and valuing his daughter for more than just her sexuality.

“I dream of a world where people are judged by the merits of their character, instead of sexual orientation and family structure,” he tweeted. “God has prepared my heart and mind for 15 years. Now [Mariah] can feel safe being openly gay with our family. I grew up in a world with terrible prejudice to the gay community. Charles Dickens’ ‘Christmas Carol’ taught me a modern lesson.”

Shoutout to @unlvLYMcrew for the dope hat & working toward putting a hat on every child battling cancer

Mariah isn’t the only Sister Wives kid with exciting relationship news; Janelle’s daughter is expecting her first child while Christine’s daughter Mykelti is engaged to be married.

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wow okay y’all making me cry with your support. thank you thank you thank you thank you????????????️‍????

How is Mariah gonna stay and do plural marriage if shes gay? If she apparently wanted to live that lifestyle? #sisterwives

I thought Mariah, in previous seasons, said that she wanted to live Plural Marriage ???? #SisterWives :: this Announcement has me #Confused.

Everything about Mariah seems so contrived Wearing a cap backwards does not convince me she’s gay . #sisterwives #gayfake

Oh come on. This „I’m gay“ thing smells really rotten. Maddie says it like it’s a joke. #SisterWives

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Mariah grew up hearing negativity about homosexuality in her Mormon churches:

Despite this, Mariah struggled with feelings she was having. , she said in an interview. This became a source of anxiety, and she struggled with panic attacks.

While touring colleges, she had a gay tour guide who shared his story with her. Through this she began to accept her sexuality:

While studying in a women’s psychology class, Mariah came to the realization that she had a crush on a female classmate:

Mariah also felt encouraged by her father’s wife Robyn’s friendships with gay people.

Mariah publicly came out as a lesbian on the Sister Wives episodes „Another Catfishing“ and „A Shocking Revelations“, which aired on January 1 and January 8, 2017. She came out to her parents some time prior to this. Her father and his wives responded well:

Her mother, „This is a little unexpected. I did not see this coming… Kind of surprises me that she’s known for so long and hasn’t said anything to us,“ Meri said shortly after hearing the news. Later she commented:

Kody and Robyn have worked hard to help Meri accept the news.

Response from viewers of the show was overall positive. .

She has been in a relationship with Audrey Kriss since January 2017. They got engaged on January 16, 2019.

Sister Wives star Mariah Brown gets candid on sexuality, family upbringing, and religion

As per Us Weekly, a new clip from the TLC show features Mariah Brown crying as she discusses her sexuality and relationship with Audrey Kriss. It’s a very raw and emotional moment for the 24-year-old. In the clip, Mariah reveals that she hid behind her family’s upbringing to prevent herself from coming to terms with her sexuality.

“In my teens, I felt very devoted to the church that I was raised in,” Mariah says. “I wanted to live polygamy. I think it was a way to protect myself from, like, coming out to myself, really.”

In tears, Mariah said she’s “grateful” for the way that her family raised her. She added that she’s “grateful for my upbringing,” even though coming to terms with her sexuality was at times “painful.” That’s when the Sister Wives star admitted that it was oftentimes hard for her to be “gay and be religious at the same time.”

Mariah “considered many times” how different her life would be if her family didn’t move to Las Vegas. She reflected that she might have been married “to a man with a few wives,” and would have hated her life.

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Talks about coming out to her family

On Sunday night’s episode, Mariah also talks about the moment when she came out to her father, Kody Brown, and his shocking reaction. For most teens and young adults, coming out to their families can be scary and hard. Thankfully, it was easier than Mariah anticipated. That’s because Kody told her he loved her no matter what.

“Right after I came out, my dad, he told me this before but he reiterated to me that he had a conversation with God many years ago and God said, ‘You love, I judge,’” she told Sister Wives producers. “And so all dad was love. That’s all he does with everybody.”

The 21-year-old received support from Sister Wives fans when she came out during a 2017 episode. But it still wasn’t easy being gay and still be a part of her family’s church. Mariah admitted that she feels she must “follow these rules or guidelines,” and there were times when she felt left out of her church community. It wasn’t her church but her family who loved her and appreciated her. They also welcomed Mariah’s relationship with Audrey.

The episode also has some lighthearted moments

During the episode, Mariah revealed to the Brown family that she’s engaged to her longtime girlfriend, Audrey. In the preview clip, she laughed with her love as she recalled the first time that she realized she was gay, as reported by the .

“Part of my sexual awakening was when I learned that I liked Audrey, and I was like, ‘Oh, maybe I’m gay,’” she joked.

Nowadays, Mariah is hopeful about her future with Audrey. But the religion that her family comes from sometimes leaves her confused over whether she should focus on her spirituality or her love for another woman. Since coming out, Mariah proposed to Audrey at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C.

Who is Mariah Brown’s partner?

Audrey has a major from Westminster in marketing and advertising.

Mariah first came out to her parents four years ago, and began dating two years ago, before deciding to move in with Audrey in the same year.

The couple, who once took Mariah’s mum Kody to a gay bar, have been together ever since, and are currently living in Chicago.

I’m only here for Mariah and Audrey only. #SisterWives

The Sister Wives star’s hair arm pits caused a stir on Instagram.

Now, as we previously reported, Mariah Brown’s hairy “nasty” arm pits got Instagram talking. The chatter started after her partner Audrey Kriss penned a beautiful tribute to her “babylove.” The tribute included three photos. The second photo featured Mariah with her hairy pits on full display. And, as we previously reported, Instagram was not too happy about it. Many insisted hairy arm pits were disgusting.

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The hairy arm pits caused Mariah to catch some heat from the LGBTQ community. Many wanted it clear that hairy arm pits and lesbians should not be connected. Not everyone was criticizing Mariah for it. In fact, some believed it was her body and her choice. But, they still wanted people to separate lesbians and body hair. Because they are two different personal choices.

Is Mariah Brown ‘the man’ in her relationship?

Now, Mariah Brown’s arm pit hair did get Sister Wives fans talking. Talking about the dynamics of a homosexual relationships. Some noted that arm pit hair on a lesbian did not make sense. They insisted they were homosexual because they wanted to be with a silky, smooth, and beautiful woman. They did not want to be with someone hairy. If they did, they would just be with a man. Others, however, thought this was very narrow-minded thinking. They insisted sexuality had nothing to do with shaving or not shaving.

In Facebook fan group chatter, some noted her arm pits were hairy because she was “the man” in her relationship with Audrey Kriss. This particular conversation quickly got heated. Others chimed in that it was insulting to lesbians to question who was “the man” in the relationship as they were clearly both women. These individuals insisted a relationship didn’t have a man slot to fill.

Lesbians joined into the chatter noting that there are different styles and types of lesbians. But, that lesbians are still very much women. These Sister Wives fans insisted that asking who “the man” in a lesbian relationship is always going to be insulting. Move over, many pointed out this was only Audrey and Mariah’s business.

So, what are your thoughts on “the man” in Audrey and Mariah’s relationship? Tell us about it in the comments.

Sister Wives‘ Kody and Meri Brown’s Ups and Downs Through the Years

“We were monogamously married, OK? Just the two of us. We had people come to our wedding reception who said, ‘We’re here because we love you, but this does not mean that we are condoning your chosen lifestyle,’” Kody explained. “So, Audrey and Mariah — the parallels are very similar. In fact, that kind of treatment where people are like, ‘Well, I love you, but I sure think your lifestyle [and] your religion are dumb,’ we dealt with that. That may have well-been something that helped me, personally, develop a high level of just acceptance of people who are gay. I know what it’s like to be picked on.”

The reality star added, “If you invite all these people, [you] force them to think openly about, ‘What would God have me do? Would God have me ostracize these people because of their apology?’ Make them think about it.”

Mariah came out to her family during a 2017 episode of Sister Wives, shocking her parents. In fact, Meri still thinks about her reaction.

Sister Wives: Kody Compares His Polygamous Marriage To Daughter Mariah’s Upcoming Wedding

Kody and Meri Brown’s only daughter Mariah came out to her family back in 2017. She soon introduced them to her girlfriend Audrey, and they got engaged to each other in January 2019. The Sister Wives family has already started planning their 2021 wedding. However, recently, the soon-to-be-married couple expressed their concerns over the guests that will come to their big day. They talked to their parents about not inviting people who aren’t supportive of their relationship.

Us Magazine exclusive reveals that Kody differed the idea of choosing who to invite to his daughter’s wedding. He compared his polygamous marriages to his daughter’s upcoming gay wedding. Besides, the Sister Wives husband quotes the events of his 2010 wedding with fourth bride Robyn Brown. Many guests at the ceremony had a problem with the nature of their relationships. Moreover, Kody also talked about how people confronted him, saying, “We’re here because we love you.” However, they also added that they wouldn’t be condoning Brown’s lifestyle.

The TLC celebrity expressed that his past experiences of others not supporting his lifestyle have helped him develop acceptance of gay people . Kody adds that he knows what it’s like to be “picked on.” Therefore, Brown advises Mariah and her fiance to invite everyone and anyone they want, without filtering them on their opinion.