Kody's continued estrangement causes complex feelings among Janelle and her kids
After learning Kody hadn't reached out to Savanah, 18, since her birthday, a month prior to the scene's filming, Christine, 51, asks in a confessional, "He lives half an hour away. He comes into town. It's just this pattern he has. Why is he still living here? Why stay in this?"
"I'm so mad and so furious at this whole situation. I don't think he understands how easy it would be to fix this. All he has to do is, God, just see his kids," she shares.
In his own confessional, Kody, 54, says, "Christine and Janelle have kind of banded together with this whole thing and basically shattered my world. I've been in a place where I've been separated from my children because I've been kicked out of my home, the space that I had with those children."
"I haven't had the emotional fortitude to reach out, not even knowing what to do or say," he continues. "And the phone goes both ways, the kids can always call me. I'll reach out to Savanah and bring her Christmas. It'll be late but it'll happen."
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Savanah says she's "angry at him and really sad, because that's my dad. But now I'm just angry at him.'
In a confessional, Janelle, 54, adds, "Nothing for Christmas, that's what floored me the most. I get that you're busy or whatever, but it's Christmas. He didn't even send a gift back with Truely, Ysabel and Mykelti back to the vacation rental for Savanah."
"If Savanah wasn't here I wouldn't be as in control," Christine says. "I'm so frustrated and so mad. I don't care if he's mad. When you're a dad, you're a dad and you step up."
"I've had a couple of conversations with him, just on the phone and stuff, that just seems really different. He seems really different."
"He just seems really different as a whole," Savanah added. "It's like something switched all of a sudden."
"You just have to think it's going to switch back then," Christine — who shares Truely, 13, Ysabel, 20, Gwendlyn, 21, Paedon, 25, Mykelti, 27, and Aspyn, 28.
"I just remember what it was like for so long, being married to him and not feeling any hope and not feeling like ... I just don't like seeing it happen to Janelle. And Savanah feels like this. My kids felt neglected for years and it's happening all over again. Is he going to leave everybody but Robyn?"
Christine announced her separation from Kody in November 2021. One year later, Janelle, 54, and Meri, 52, also ended their longtime relationships with him. Now Kody is no longer practicing polygamy as he adjusts to a monogamous relationship with his fourth wife Robyn, 44.
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