Kody Brown admitted he was more than playing games with his ex Christine as their nearly 26-year marriage came to an end.
On Sundays Sister wives: one on one episode, Kody, 53, revealed he didn’t know what to make of their breakup.
“Initially my problem was that I thought Christine was playing a game,” he told presenter Sukanya Krishnan. “I was ambivalent. I tried to be stoic about it.”
“She’s a game player. Ever since we were married, [it was] manipulation, pouting, tantrums, just behavioral stuff,” he said. “Some of the games that happened were when we moved to Flagstaff, Arizona.”
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Kody recalled an experience when Christine, 50, was upset by a gift he received from his then-wife Meri, who confirmed that she had also split from the reality star during Sunday’s special.
“Meri got me this really cool birthday present and I’m here to tell Janelle, Christine and Robyn that I could reconcile with Meri,” he explained. “And Christine lost her s—that day.”
“She comes to our family party and leaves screaming at one of the kids that she had a loveless marriage,” he continued. “This will be two years before she kicks me out.”
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During the special, Christine shared that she found out Kody said he wasn’t physically attracted to her.
“It was horrible to hear. And it’s super embarrassing,” she admitted. “I just started thinking, you know what? It really just goes both ways.”
“I just wasn’t attracted to it — after he said that, I was like, ‘Oh, well, then I’m done. It’s over.’ It was almost a relief,” she continued. “I’m not going to keep fighting or trying for this if you’re not attracted to me. So everything I’ve done for you and for the family means nothing.”
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Christine announced the couple’s split in November 2021 on Instagram, saying the longtime couple had “grown apart.”
“After more than 25 years together, Kody and I have grown apart and I have made the difficult decision to leave,” she said in a statement. “We will continue to be a strong presence in each other’s lives as we raise our beautiful children and support our wonderful family. At this time, we ask for your grace and kindness as we navigate this phase within our family.”
In her caption, Christine thanked fans for their “understanding” and “compassion.” She also added several hashtags, including “change is good” and “change is scary.”
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Kody responded to Christine’s decision in his own Instagram statement at the time.
“Christine’s decision to leave comes with great sadness,” he said. “We have enjoyed many years together and I have a lot of respect and admiration for her. Although we take different paths, we will always be involved parents.”
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Christine later told PEOPLE that the final straw in leaving Kody came after he refused to travel for daughter Ysabel’s scoliosis surgery. “He broke my little girl’s heart,” she said. “It’s really hard for me to stay with a man I don’t respect. I understood COVID and why he couldn’t come, but she didn’t. And she’s still having a really hard time with it.”
The Cooking with Christine lead also told PEOPLE that she plans to be monogamous from now on.