Sister Wives' Kody Brown refuses to have a 'sexual relationship' with Meri without a 'spark' as she grieves mom's death

SISTER Wives star Kody Brown revealed he won’t have a “sexual relationship” with his wife Meri unless there is a “spark,” as she is now grieving the death of her mother. 

Kody, 52, and Meri, 50, have struggled with marital issues for years, as they revealed on this week’s episode of Sister Wives that they haven’t had a sexual relationship. 

On the episode, Kody and his first wife celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary despite Meri revealing they’re “not a couple.”

The celebration is the first date the two have went on in a year, as Meri surprised Kody with 30 Rice Krispies Treats to celebrate the milestone. 

During their picnic, Kody explained how their material issues hit a breaking point when Meri was involved in a catfish scandal. 

Kody explained: “Meri and I had problems like this long before Janelle even came into the family, but the catfishing thing was what really woke us up to the state of our situation. 

“We went a couple of years, a lot of counseling, figuring things out and as we went through this process, I'm looking for a spark… something to initiate some form of desire for a relationship with each other. In this time, it has never manifested.”

Kody said to his spiritual wife: "I think we miss the idea of us. We don't miss each other.”

But Meri shot back: “Speak for yourself. I do have a strong draw to you, but I do not act on that because I know how you feel. I can't make you care for me. I can't change that.”

Meri, who shares daughter Mariah with Kody, then explained of how she initiated sex in the past: “He has said to me, 'You just need to make it known. You need to flirt with me.' So I try those things and he backs off more so I back off more. 

“I was like, 'Oh, that didn't work. That was uncomfortable.' You know? But at the same time, I want to keep putting myself out there because this is what I want. I'm not giving up. I'm not walking away.”

Meri told him: "I didn't know I was supposed to court you. I’ve been waiting for you, honestly.”

Kody shocking responded: "And I'm not comin." 

The dad of 18 then said in his confessional: “There has to be more magic in this than what we have. She's not making any effort. I'm not making any effort. Where do you think that puts us?

"She wants to be loved romantically then there has to be a spark for that. And then she'll get from that, she will receive romance, love and a full marriage and sexual relationship.”

But Meri insisted that she’s tried, as she said: "I will ask him to come over. 'Hey, come over, let's go do something.' 'Hey, let's go on a walk.' 'Hey, let's go to dinner.' He says no. When I ask, he says no."

But Kody admitted there is “always a chance” the two could be more of a couple in the future. 

He explained: “My discussion with Meri right now isn't about me telling Meri that she has to have a divorce with me, that she has to leave. I'm not doing that. I will never do that. My faith doesn't allow me to, my conscience doesn't allow me to. 

“And because I haven't done that, there's always a chance that we might actually get back together into full fellowship.”

He added: "I'm sitting here with Meri going, 'I'm finally out of the anger phase. I'm finally out of the bitterness. Now how are we going to do this right?' And Meri's like, 'Well, you're going to have to love me.' And I'm like, 'Yeah, well, be lovable,'" 

Meri then became tearful when she said: "Do you know that every time you put your hand on my hand, how I feel? I just wish you knew.”

When she did try to flirt with her husband, he shut her down, as she said “this is a rejection. He's really just not interested.”

Kody then said in his confessional: "Meri and I are in a marriage, but we don't want to be part of a hookup culture. Romance and sex are saved for people who are in love.”

Despite the date, the two did not end their anniversary celebration with a kiss. 

Kody is also married to Janelle, 51, Christine, 48, and Robyn, 52. 

Meri has sparked split rumors with Kody in recent years by posting cryptic quotes on social media and not wearing her wedding ring.

Kody divorced Meri in 2014 to be able to legally marry Robyn so he could adopt her children from a previous marriage.

She was also involved in a catfish scandal, where she fell in love with a “man” she met online named Sam, who ended up being a woman. 

The Sun revealed exclusive photos of the family gathering in Utah for the funeral of Meri’s beloved mother Bonnie Barber.

In one of the snaps, Kody was seen kissing his second wife Janelle at the service. 

Despite their marital issues, Meri had her wedding ring back on. 

The eyewitness insisted that while the event was understandably “very solemn,” Kody was seen appearing “energetic” and “chatty” with fellow gatherers. 

“He wasn’t reading the room,” the insider said. 

The source noted Kody and Meri had “hardly” any interaction and seemed distant.  

Sister Wives airs Sundays at 10/9c on TLC. 

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