SISTER Wives star Kody Brown admitted he and his polygamous family of four wives and 18 kids are still “not popular” in Flagstaff, Arizona, as neighbors “wish they weren’t here,” just two years after relocating from Las Vegas.
Kody, 52, exclusively told The Sun: “We’re not popular around here,” as he left the $890,000 five-bed house he shares with his only legal wife, Robyn, and their five children outside of Flagstaff.
A neighbor of the couple also told The Sun that the controversial family, who moved to the outskirts of the town in 2018, “keep themselves to themselves.”
The neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “I have not spoken to Kody for more than two years, since before they moved into the house.
“They keep themselves to themselves.
“We wish they weren’t here because they make Flagstaff look as though everyone has all these wives.”
The Sun can also confirm the family has never integrated into the large Mormon community in their hometown.
Kody and his wives Meri, 49, Janelle, 50, Christine, 48, and Robyn, 42, are members of the Apostolic United Brethren, a sect of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the Mormon religion.
The sect allows followers to practice polygamy.
There is a large Mormon presence in Flagstaff, which was designated a “second stake” by the church’s Salt Lake City leadership in 2017.
The church has more than 5,000 followers in the area in 14 separate congregations.
Leslie Seaman, the church’s stake president of the Flagstaff Arizona East Stake, told The Sun that he never met Kody or his family.
And he insisted the church there does not support polygamy.
Leslie, a dentist in Flagstaff, said: “I don’t know this gentleman, I do not know them and I have never met them.
“We support the government and realize that polygamy is contrary to the laws of the land.”
Kody and family were living in Utah, whose population is 51 percent Mormon, back in 2010 when the show first aired.
But they were afraid of being arrested under the state’s strict anti-polygamy laws and fled to Las Vegas, where they hoped to be more free to live their unconventional lifestyle.
But two years ago, the TLC stars left Sin City for Flagstaff.
Robyn said one of the reasons for leaving was the welfare of their kids.
She said during an interview at the time: “Vegas changed a lot over the last few years. So we started worrying a lot more about what the kids are getting exposed to.”
Kody added: “The timing was just right for getting our kids out of Las Vegas and into a safe place.”
But the move put financial pressure on the family as well, Christine admitted.
On the most recent episode of Sister Wives that aired earlier this year, she admitted in her confessional: “Financially, we’re drowning.”
As The Sun reported, Kody dropped $1.8 million on homes and land, including $820,000 on vacant property called Coyote Pass to be split into four parcels to eventually build on.
The family had trouble selling their four Sin City homes, which were located in a cul-de-sac.
The houses eventually sold for thousands under their asking price.
Kody and Robyn even applied for a home equity line of credit in the amount of $150,000 on March 20, 2020 for their $890,000 home, which was approved, The Sun previously reported.
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Also on the show, a neighbor called the cops on Meri when she moved into a home in Flagstaff, unhappy at having a plural family nearby.
She ended up moving into a $1 million, four-bedroom home, which she rents for $4,500 a month.