They’re making moves! Sister Wives star Kody Brown and his loyal family of four wives and most — if not all — of his 18 (yes, 18!!!!!!) kids are on the move again as they recently announced they’re leaving their beloved Las Vegas compound to relocate to Flagstaff, AZ.
The reality TV star and his four wives — Meri, Christine, Janelle, and Robyn — first moved to Las Vegas in 2011. Now, the family said in a statement, Kody and his large brood are ready for a new adventure in the Grand Canyon State.
“As much as we’ve loved making our home and memories here in Las Vegas, we are excited to embark on a new adventure in Flagstaff, Arizona,” the statement said, per People. “We are looking forward to cooler temperatures, the mountain air, scenic views, and the slower lifestyle of Flagstaff.”
The move will be documented on the next season of the reality show — which will make its way to the small screen in early 2019, the network has since announced. After calling Las Vegas home for more than seven years, the move is sure to be a bittersweet time for the Browns.
“Vegas has been good for us, I’m not saying that it hasn’t, it’s been really good. And it’s been great for our kids. They’ve all really grown here and done so many wonderful things and it’s been great for us,” Christine said. “I’m just ready for the next adventure.”
Though they came to love Sin City, the decision to make Las Vegas their home wasn’t an easy one for the extended Brown family.
The first time we saw the Browns move, they made the jump to Las Vegas from their native Utah, where they were being persecuted for their polygamist lifestyle. Though Kody can only be legally married one wife at a time (he was legally married to his first wife, Meri, from 1990 until 2014, when he legally divorced her so that he could legally marry his most recent wife, Robyn), he’s spiritually married to all four of his wives, making it technically legal despite laws in Utah saying it’s a felony to marry or cohabitate with more than one person.
Fortunately, it would appear the Browns will be safe from any persecution once they settle in Arizona; while one local article from 2008 said that the state’s rules on polygamy are “fuzzy” at best, there are only laws banning bigamy, which is legally defined as marrying a second person. Unlike Utah, there are no laws against cohabitation in Arizona, meaning Kody and his wives should be legally sound for their new life among the mountains.
We can’t wait to see what new adventures await them in Arizona!