Yesterday was Sister Wives‘ Mariah Brown’s 21st birthday. Her mom, Meri Brown, took to Twitter to wish her daughter a happy 21st birthday and shared a photo of a much more slender-looking Mariah.
Mariah’s weight loss was not noticeable in the last few episodes of Season 7 of Sister Wives, so it surprising to see a much thinner Mariah so quickly. Compare the photo Meri posted yesterday to this photo Mariah posted in January.
Can you see the difference? It looks like Mariah has lost quite a bit of weight over the last six months. Mariah’s sudden weight loss is leading many to wonder if the weight loss has anything to do with the scandal her mother put the Sister Wives‘ family through. A quick look back at this clip from before the scandal erupted shows Mariah was already on the heavier side.
Not long after this clip took place, news broke that Mariah’s mother, Meri Brown, had been involved in an online emotional affair. Meri started chatting with a man online named Samuel Cooper. Soon the online chatting turned into phone calls and text messages. Meri claims that she was never physically involved with Samuel Cooper, but there are recordings of her telling Samuel that she loved him.
The story got even stranger when it was revealed that Samuel Cooper was not actually a man. It turns out Samuel Cooper’s true identity is none other than Jackie Overton, a woman from Oklahoma. Meri had been catfished by Jackie for several months before she realized what was truly going on. Jackie was so convincing that Meri actually believed she was falling in love with the man she was talking to.
Meri eventually came clean to her family, and her husband, Kody, along with sister wives Janelle, Christine, and Robyn, all publicly stood up for Meri. The same could not be said for Mariah though. In an interview during Sister Wives, Mariah shared that she and Meri were struggling to get past what had happened.
“My mom and I aren’t on super great terms right now. I’m kind of sensing that Mom wants to go and ask me these deep questions, and I can’t handle it.”
Mariah also implied during a different episode that she knew the affair was going on. Mariah was home for the summer during a portion of the time the emotional affair was taking place, and it appears Mariah knew it was going on. She even stated at one point that she told her mom to stop.
On the season finale of Sister Wives, it was clear Mariah and Meri were still struggling to heal their relationship. It did seem like they are slowly trying to mend things though, and it was nice to see them laughing together when Meri accidentally surfed directly over the top of Mariah while the Brown family was vacationing in Hawaii.
Regardless of the reason for Mariah’s weight loss, it’s fair to say she is looking great. It will be exciting to see what she looks like on new episodes of Sister Wives Season 8 — if that’s going to take place, that is. TLC has yet to announce whether or not Sister Wives has been renewed for another season.
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