During the Sunday, January 30, episode, the 49-year-old said her heart breaks when she thinks about the state of Kody and Meri's relationship. "I don't want that and I don't want to be in a loveless 'marriage.' I have no intention in living like that," she said, per People. "And if that's what my future looks like, I'm not going to live that way."
Kody and Meri's relationship has been strained ever since her 2015 catfishing scandal, where she formed an online connection with someone she thought was a man but turned out to be a woman. As season 16 of the reality show has been unfolding, Meri admitted she didn't feel like she had a husband or was part of the nontraditional family.
During the most recent episode, Christine pointed out she didn't know how Meri was fine with having no physical romance with Kody, reportedly saying: "I guess she's more fine with it than I am." (Christine previously opened up about her upset after Kody said he did not want an intimate marriage with her anymore.)
Later during the new episode, Christine reportedly admitted it was hard to be around her fellow sister wives when she and Kody were going through a rough patch. "It's really hard to be in a room with everybody and watch him be incredible in other relationships and know that your own is terrible and wonder, 'Well, what am I supposed to do?' What am I supposed to do in a room where I feel I really don't matter?" she questioned.
As for Kody and Meri's relationship, Kody said the catfishing incident "woke me up out of the daze," as there had been a "hardness" in their relationship for a few years. "There's a point where intimacy is just damaged. It's misleading to have intimacy in a relationship where there is no real safety. I'm not going there."
He added that he will be a friend to Meri, reportedly declaring: "I will build a house for her out on Coyote pass, but I'm never going to feel safe in an intimate place."
Meanwhile, Meri still has hope that they can repair their relationship, the outlet reported. Despite remaining optimistic, Meri noted that if things don't work out between them, she will find her own "peace and happiness within the family relationships that I do have."
"This is my family. Like, I don't understand people who think, 'Well, just because you don't have this relationship with Kody, why don't you just leave?' Because I don't want to," she reportedly expressed.