Season 16 of the hit TLC series saw many ups and downs for the bustling Brown family as Kody Brown's relationships with three of his wives continued to implode as the stresses of the pandemic took its toll on the reality personalities.
The turbulent season culminated in Christine's bombshell decision to end her more than 25 year marriage with the father-of-eighteen. Now, fans are speculating that Janelle — Kody's second wife with whom he shares Logan, 27, Madison, 26, Hunter, 24, Garrison, 23, Gabriel, 20, and Savanah, 17 — may be the next to leave, that is, if she hasn't already.
Take a look at the clues that fans think hint that Janelle may be next to call it quits on plural marriage.
Janelle Sided With Christine On Kody's Strict Pandemic Rules
A major point of conflict in the show's past season was Kody's insistence that he would not allow all the wives and kids in different households to freely mingle — except for "social distance" visits — if they did not follow a strict set of COVID safety protocols including no visiting with people outside of the house, having groceries delivered and disinfecting their mail.
Janelle and Christine seemed to stand in solidarity on the fact that they thought Kody's rules were unrealistic while Robyn and Meri Brown were happy to yield to the stringent restrictions. Christine and Janelle continued to visit each other's homes, and later, they both made separate Thanksgiving plans away from the Brown family patriarch.
Janelle Said It Would Be 'Easy' To Leave 'Strained' Marriage
Earlier in the season, Janelle stated that while she had chosen at the time to stay, it would be "easy" to end her relationship with her husband at this point in their lives.
"My children are almost grown and there's not a huge necessity anymore to stay," she explained in a confessional, noting that while she believed plural marriage was a great way to raise children, that simply wasn't a factor any longer. "With Kody and I right now, our relationship is pretty strained. And you know, it's easy to walk away."
Janelle Travels Away From Kody Frequently
Although Kody made his feelings clear on his wives traveling amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Janelle travels frequently both alone and on "family trips" with just Christine and their combined kiddos.
Kody Publicly Questioned Janelle's Loyalty To The Family
After Janelle made the decision not to spend Thanksgiving with the rest of the family, Kody openly questioned both Janelle and Christine's loyalty and commitment to the family.
"The contrast has been one of those things that has really just made me aware of those who are loyal to me and those who are not," he said in a confessional interview. "How you love a man is to respect him. And so I’m sitting here just appreciating where I’m at and who’s with me."
Robyn Says She Is The Only Wife With A Healthy Relationship With Kody
Janelle has said in this past season — which was filmed predominantly over 2020 — that for now she has made the choice to stay with Kody, but Robyn has lamented that she has no connections with any of her sister wives at the moment.
Robyn became emotional when she explained she was the only wife that has a healthy relationship with the Brown family patriarch, and that she didn't understand why the other wives weren't "figuring this stuff out."
Kody Admitted He And Janelle Are No Longer 'In Love'
Kody and Janelle hit a major rough patch in their relationship in season 16 with the mom-of-six regularly calling him out for his behavior. In the Sunday, February 6 episode of the show, Kody admitted he and Janelle "don't partner really well."
When tell-all host Sukanya Krishnan asked Kody if he was still "in love" with his second wife, he claimed he loves her, but when pushed on if he was "in love" with her, he gave a slight shake of his head, before adding: "Janelle wouldn’t tell you she was in that place with me either, if she’s being honest."