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Sister Wives: Why Did Janelle Brown Leave the Family After the Birth of 5th Baby?

Not everything has been a bed of roses in the home of TLC’s Sister Wives. And the ladies are opening up about their lives with Kody Brown and each other in a new book Becoming Sister Wives. One of the big revelations in the book? Sister Wives comes clean about why she left the plural marriage and the family home after the birth of her fifth child with Kody.

She writes in the book via RadarOnline “During the eighth year of our marriage, I gave birth to my fifth child, Gabriel,” Janelle writes adding that she, “sank into a horrible postpartum depression….I felt overwhelmed by having had so many children in quick succession, and felt seriously depressed at our lack of financial means.”

But that wasn’t all, she had issues with one of the other sister wives. “I also had a particularly nasty fight with Meri — one of the worst we’d ever had,” she writes. “I was at my breaking point. I couldn’t see my way out of my depression. I told Kody I was leaving. That night, I got into the car and drove to my mother’s house. My kids and I stayed with my mother for several months until I found my own place. My job paid a decent salary, which allowed me to buy a better car in addition to my own home. I started to build a life for myself outside the sisterhood.”

Of her new life she said, “Two years after I’d established myself in my own house, Kody told me that he was moving the family to Utah.  ‘Okay,’ I told him.  ‘See you later.’  No way I was going to give up the peace and independence I had found.” But she did because as she says a “big house changed everything.

“We were able to be together as a family in a normal and relaxed way,” she writes. “I had my own space, but my kids had their siblings and the other mothers in the same building.”

The Sister Wives book is out now and available here.

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