- Ysabel Brown said her mom Christine “depended” on her through her breakup with Kody Brown.
- “It’s hard for a young kid to see their mom in such a sad state,” Ysabel said.
- Christine said changing the dynamics of the Brown family keeps her “up at night.”
TLC’s “Sister Wives” star Ysabel Brown got honest about how her mom Christine Brown has been handling her split from Kody Brown on Sunday’s episode.
In a solo interview, Ysabel said her mom “has been going through a hard time” since splitting with her “spiritual” husband Kody after more than 25 years together.
Ysabel noted that she also had been struggling with the fact that her parents were no longer together. “However, I think that she depended on me, not that it’s a bad thing,” the now 19-year-old continued. “So, I think it got quite heavy in the house and it got very emotional.”
The teenager said her mom sought her out when she was “going through it.” She confessed that “it’s hard for a young kid to see their mom in such a sad state.”
Though the year had been heavy, it brought Ysabel and Christine even closer together. During the episode, Christine dropped Ysabel off at her half-sibling Madison Brush’s house in North Carolina to begin college there, and the mother-daughter duo expressed how hard it would be not to see each other.
Christine said she told Ysabel that she wanted to visit her in a month’s time, but Ysabel said that they had to wait longer or else she’d want to go home with Christine.
“It’s good for her to be able to live with herself instead of living with herself and needing me. And also, for me to not need her anymore,” Ysabel told the cameras.
The way Kody has treated Ysabel in the past was a catalyst for Christine and Kody’s split. Christine told People reporter Emily Strohm that Kody’s decision not to travel to the east coast to be with Ysabel after surgery to correct her scoliosis was a “wake-up call.”
“He broke my little girl’s heart,” Christine said to People of Kody’s choice. He cited the COVID-19 pandemic for his decision not to travel.
“I really find it hard to stay with a guy who I don’t respect,” she continued. “I needed more communication, more trust, and I realized we didn’t really have a partnership.”
On Sunday’s episode, Christine told cameras that she was very aware that her choice to leave Kody drastically changes the larger Brown family dynamic for the future. “That keeps me up at night,” she said.
“Sister Wives” airs at 10 p.m. ET on TLC.