“I will live life for me”

Nearly a year after Christine Brown left behind her 26-year long marriage to Cody Brown, as well as her fundamentalist Mormon faith, the Sister Wives The star says she’s never been happier.

“I’m going to live life for me,” Christine, 50, says in the latest issue of PEOPLE. “My whole world has changed and every cell in my body is happier.”

Before Christine announced on Instagram last November that her spiritual marriage to Kody was over, the TLC star shared a life with her husband and his three wives Meri, Janelle and Robyn in Flagstaff, Arizona. The couple, who married in 1994, are parents to son Paedon, 24, and daughters Aspyn, 27; Mykelti, 26; Gwendlyn, 20; Ysabel, 19, and Truely, 12. (Kody has a total of 18 children between the women.)

While Christine always wanted a plural marriage, things started to change in 2018. “I started thinking that maybe this isn’t working for me,” she says. “And then I stopped believing in polygamy. I realized I didn’t really want to live it anymore. I didn’t like sharing a husband or feeling like I wasn’t important.”

Sister Wives cast member Christine Brown is pictured at her home in Murray, Utah on August 4, 2022. Kim Raff for PEOPLE

Sister Wives cast member Christine Brown is pictured at her home in Murray, Utah on August 4, 2022. Kim Raff for PEOPLE

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After years of misery, she packed up and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, with Truely to start a new life.

“We got here and that night when I went to bed, I realized I was home,” he says. “It was just like that. And I started over and it was exciting and it was new and so scary because I had no idea what to expect, but I was so excited. I remember feeling hopeful for the first time in a long time because I just had to get on with life me alone and go. It was great.”

Sister Wives cast member Christine Brown is pictured at her home in Murray, Utah on August 4, 2022. Kim Raff for PEOPLE

Sister Wives cast member Christine Brown is pictured at her home in Murray, Utah on August 4, 2022. Kim Raff for PEOPLE

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Christine co-parents with Cody, 53, who still sees his daughter often, but the mother-daughter duo are embracing their new life.

“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve opened Truely’s door and said, ‘What should we do for fun today?’ And so we just pick a destination and go and just have fun and just go and explore. I mean, it’s just amazing,” says Christine, who launched her solo digital series Cooking with Just Christine on TLC in February (Season 2 premieres September 11).

“And now that I live here, there are so many things to do and I just want to do them all.”

SISTER WIVES, Kody Brown (center), with wives and children, (Season 1), 2010-.  photo: Joe Pugliese / © TLC / Courtesy: Everett Collection

SISTER WIVES, Kody Brown (center), with wives and children, (Season 1), 2010-. photo: Joe Pugliese / © TLC / Courtesy: Everett Collection

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That includes dating, though she adds that she’s not ready yet.

“I would love to date. I love the idea of ​​eventually having a romantic partner. But I talked to Truely about it the other day and she said, ‘Mom, I really like our life the way it is now.'” On the way . I’ll just let fate take care of it.”

When she does, “I want a man who really loves me and wants to be intimate with me,” she says. “I’m going to be monogamous from now on.”

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For now, she’s focused on her kids, her future, and enjoying every day.

“I just want to be an example to my kids more than anything. I’ve always told them, ‘Do what makes you happy,’ and I have to do the same.”

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Season 17 of Sister Wives premieres September 11 at 10 p.m. ET on TLC.

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