In vague and odd Instagram post this past Thursday, Brown posed in a power stance while wearing a shirt that reads “Brave” across her chest. She captioned the upload with a lengthy statement facing hard times.
“Ever had those days, those weeks, those months, when things just keep HAPPENING? Doesn’t matter how much you work, how much you push, how much you try, something else comes up,” the reality star, 50, wrote. “Sometimes it’s just life. Sometimes you have to just learn something. Sometimes you’re being fully manipulated and you know it.”
“Don’t worry. Power stance is ON!” she continued. “I’m BRAVE, I’m STRONG, I’m COURAGEOUS, and I WILL do this.”
Meri ended the post by proclaiming how she “will find MY tribe, the people who will STAND with me and not push against me. THOSE are the people that matter.”
This past summer, Meri re-opened her Utah bed and breakfast, Lizzie’s Heritage Inn, after it was closed for two months following her mother’s death in March. Meri said her mother, Bonnie Ahlstrom, died “suddenly, unexpected and extremely way too soon” at the age of 76.
She posted to Instagram at the time, “I’m nervous about doing this, [my mom] had it so dialed in and knew the drill. Yet, I’m excited to once again share the history and beauty of this home and the spirit within it’s [sic] walls. I also know I have a team behind me.”
On top of dealing with the loss of her mother as well as running her bed and breakfast — she has also been butting heads with her longtime polygamist marriage to Kody Brown. The two married in 1990 and three years later, they welcomed sister wife Janelle Brown into their marriage. Christine Brown later joined in 1994 and just recently, Robyn Brown joined the family in 2010.
And while Kody was originally legally married to only Meri, she agreed to divorce him so that he could tie the knot with Robyn in 2014. This legal change allowed for Robyn’s three kids (from a previous marriage) to access the same insurance and other benefits as the rest of Kody’s children.
It should be noted, however, that despite the legality of the divorce, Kody considers himself to be spiritually married to all four wives.
But ever since her 2015 catfishing scandal, Kody and Meri’s marriage has had its issues. At the time, Meri entered into an online relationship with someone she thought was a man, but who actually a female admirer.
In February, Meri spoke to People on her current status with Kody. “We are in a place where we’re just figuring out where we are,” she said, “and, you know, what is happening.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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