PHOTOS TLC to air My Five Wives polygamy special with Brady Williams and his family
          

TLC My Five Wives family photo with Brady Williams, his five wives and their 24 children

If you thought eight was a large Brady Bunch, then just wait until you meet TLC’s all new Brady Bunch with a total of 30 family members! Following in the successful footsteps of their Sister Wives reality series, the network will be airing an hour-long special titled My Five Wives on September 15 starring polygamist Brady Williams, his five sister wives Paulie, Robyn, Rosemary, Nonie and Rhonda, as well as their 24 children!

Here is the full press release issued by TLC announcing the show with some added photos I managed to track down online. After the press release I’ve included a few links, including the Brady family’s Facebook page as well as a New York Times article about polygamy from 1997 that includes Brady Williams, who only had three wives at the time.

TLC INTRODUCES AN ALL NEW BRADY BUNCH IN “MY FIVE WIVES”

My Five Wives Robyn, Paulie, Nonie, Rosemary and Rhonda

New special features Brady Williams and his wives (photo above – from left) Robyn, Paulie, Nonie, Rosemary and Rhonda

TLC is opening the door – well, five to be exact – to a big, loving, progressive polygamous family. The new one-hour special MY FIVE WIVES features Brady Williams, his five wives, and their combined 24 children, who all live together on their large family property outside Salt Lake City, Utah. Following as he balances the needs, hopes, frustrations, and fears of each wife along with his own, the special offers a candid and open look at this controversial lifestyle, and goes behind closed doors to share the intimate details and complicated decisions they have to make as a larger than average family.

My Five Wives cast photo from left Nonie, Robyn, Brady Williams, Paulie, Rhonda, and Rosemary

Believing in equality for everyone and a God who loves and accepts all, the Williams family emphasize that their choice to be together is more about their mutual love and commitment than it is about religion. Though their beliefs and their decision to leave their church have led them to be shunned by their community and estranged from many family members, the Williams believe their sacrifices are worth it.

MY FIVE WIVES premieres Sunday, September 15 at 9/8c, following an all-new episode of Sister Wives.

About the family:

Polygamist Brady Williams from My Five Wives on TLC

BRADY WILLIAMS: Brady was born into the Mormon Church, but until age 16, he had never heard of polygamy. At that time, his parents converted to a faith that embraced the lifestyle. Until the age of 34, he grew as a church leader before he and his family decided to break away. Currently, Brady works as a project manager at his brother’s construction business while also pursuing a degree in philosophy at the local college.

PAULIE WILLIAMS (1st Wife): Paulie and Brady have been married for 21 years and have six children, ranging in ages from 20 to nine years old. She was raised in a polygamist family and expected Brady to have additional wives, but she is also proud of her oldest daughter, who is recently married and plans a monogamous lifestyle. Paulie works as a dental hygienist.

ROBYN WILLIAMS (2nd Wife): Robyn and Brady have been married for 20 years and have five children, ranging in ages from 19 to nine years old. Married about nine months after Paulie, Robyn also grew up in a polygamous home and expected to be a plural wife. Dubbed by the family as the “creative” wife, Robyn has taken a few art classes and loves making handmade gifts for her large family.

My Five Wives Brady Williams wife Rosemary and their children Kimberly Brandon James Taylor

Above: Brady Williams and his wife Rosemary Williams (smoochin’ in the background) with their four children, daughter Kimberly and Taylor (I’m not sure which is which) and sons Brandon (front) and James (right).

ROSEMARY WILLIAMS (3rd Wife): Rosemary and Brady have been married for 18 years and have four children, ranging in ages from 17 to 11 years old. Rosemary used to work for the family construction business but stopped after winning a scholarship at the local college. She is studying for her teaching degree in music and biology and is particularly passionate about composing.

 My Five Wives Nonie and Brady Williams family photo with children Marissa, Paul, Tailee, Aeyden and Rachel

Above: Brady Williams and wife Nonie Williams with their five children (from left to right) Marissa, Paul, Tailee, Aeyden and Rachel

NONIE WILLIAMS (4th Wife): Nonie and Brady have been married for 15 years and have five children, ranging in ages from 14 to four years old. Nonie was living in Montana when she first met Brady, and the two had a brief long-distance courtship before they got engaged. She currently handles the administrative side of the family’s construction business and is the only wife that works with Brady on a steady basis.

RHONDA WILLIAMS (5th Wife): Rhonda and Brady have been married for 12 years and have four kids, ranging in ages from 13 to two years old. Rhonda, who is Robyn’s cousin, loves to work outside the home and is now a medical assistant. Despite their immediate bond, she confesses it still took eight years before she really felt like she belonged in the family. While Rhonda says there are downsides to polygamy, she loves that her kids always have other mothers around that love them.

MY FIVE WIVES is produced for TLC by Relativity Television.

LINKS:

“Brady and Wives” (My Five Wives) Facebook page

A & W DEVELOPMENT, INC. - The construction company where Brady Williams works (and Rosemary Williams used to work)

1997 New York Times article “A House, 10 Wives: Polygamy in Suburbia” featuring Brady Williams, who only had three wives at the time: Paulie, Robyn and rosemary. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Among polygamists themselves, however, philosophical variations remain, mostly regarding how much unity or separation should exist between so-called sister wives and their children. When Brady Williams, 27, a fundamentalist Mormon, designed a home south of Salt Lake City for his three wives, each 23, he took the separate-but-equal principle a step further than the Bakers did. The house is divided into three 1,900-square-foot apartments. Each wife has her own entrance, her own floor plan and her own furnishings. Mr. Williams, a framing contractor, bought three furnaces, three television sets and three refrigerators.

”It does get expensive,” he said. The only space the women share is a utility room for laundry and a family room. Mr. Williams keeps a few shirts in each apartment, and he rotates his meals and nights between wives, but the entire family eats together on Sunday. In a considerate gesture he designed the house so that no master bedroom is directly above, below or next to any other master bedroom.

”I believe the girls should have their own identity and place and not be mindless zombies,” he said, ”but want to work together at times, like when they’re canning fruit. I have really good wives. It works out.”

Apparently so! It’s 16 years later and not only are all three of those marriages still going strong, but Brady’s got two more that seem to be working as well!

My Five Wives airs Sunday, September 15 at 9/8c right after Sister Wives on TLC. (TLC is rather famous for their single episode “pseudo-pilots” that get turned into a full series if there is enough interest. So, we may be seeing more of the Brady Bunch on TLC before yo know it!)




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    • anjealka

      At least the husband and 3 of the wives have good jobs unlike Kody and his wives that don’t work and live off welfare and TLC. Living in Southern Utah I would like to see a show that shows the real world of non warren jeffs polygamy. Polygamy USA was a good show. I hope TLC has found a real working family that isn’t complaining. taking welfare and lying like the Browns.

      • DeeDeDee

        Where have you seen the Browns are living on welfare?

        • anjealka

          It has been well documented. They have been on welfare since near the beginging continued with welfare even after the started the show. Christine and Robyn documentation is clear (medical and food stamps for both Robyn got cash/housing for awhile). Christine had her baby Truly while on medciad and food stamps, then declared bankruptcy during the next season (and the welfare was on the bankruptcy). This is the reason why they always had separate kitchen and now seperate homes, so the women are listed as single moms and head of household. Even on the new construction loans for those 450k homes they still made it quite clear they were single moms. I live in southern Utah. I have no issues with polygamy as long as no child abuse or welfare fraud takes place. the browns have a long 20 year history of multiple bankruptcies, welfare and foreclosures. there are websites or blogs, no sure if I can post here that have the documents on them. that natogeo show Polygamy USA the families were researched for 2 years to make sure they had no abuse or welfare issues. TLC grabbed the browns and never looked into (or didn’t care about) what they were doing.

          • DeeDeDee

            I had no clue about it, but then you always have to wonder how nine of them had a job but they were all able to live off what TLC paid them. So not completelysurprised. I have watched Polygamy USA. The only thing I found odd about that is how the women are the ones that “choose” their husband. Lol. It’s always neat seeing how other people live. I always wonder what these families think of shows like Big Love and stuff. :)

            • anjealka

              In non Warren Jeffs polygamy women have more power then you think. It is not just choosing the husband but they make a lot of the financial decisions, household decisions and number of children. The women are shrewd negotatiors and bargains shoppers. Many have college degrees(and the men don’t). Remember quiet Rose from polygamy USA, she is now a mortgage underwriter and going to college at 19. Many other young women in her circle are studying nursing and other practical careers. It is not the life I would choose but it is not as controlling as some people think.

          • awoman

            I mean, the law requires them to file as single moms anyway. How else would they file? The can’t claim they are married. I don’t think what is going on is right, and believe they need to get jobs, but as far as filing as single moms, that is the only thing they can do.

            • anjealka

              I haven’t seen any proof of 2013 but up until 2012 at least 2 wives collected benefits(there are pictures of the documents on sister wives blogs). What you are seeing on episodes this season is mostly 2012. Growing up in polygamy many of the wives don’t know anything but welfare especially for healthcare(currently close to 90% of Colorado city and 76% of CP is on medcaid). If no one works currently (TLC does not provide insurance) how are they taking care of insurance? Kody brags 2 of the boys are in sports, football and I know the schools require full coverage insurance to play football. yes you can buy private coverage but it is more expensive then most people mortgages here. I have a okay policy (80/20) and 1 child 2 adults and it is over 1k a month. NV/UT/AZ have few insurers and hospitals so the prices are higher then other states. I just wrote my thesis on LDS/FLDS and live in the area so I watch with a different prepective. Trust me there are blogs that are searching for 2013 welfare records and if they are there someone will find them. Utah records are more public then Nevada.

          • Tonya

            I am quite sure that since they are on national television that if the Department of Human Services thought they the Browns are committing welfare fraud that they would have already cut them off and taken them to court over it. I have been watching this show from the very beginning and I don’t recall any bankruptcies or foreclosures. I am not saying that you are wrong I just don’t recall hearing about it. Also we are not suppose to be sitting here judging people on what they do or don’t do. I can tell you that there are plenty of people in the USA that are on welfare that does not need it. They are able to go to work as well. So don’t sit here and make the Browns out to be the bad guys just because of their lifestyle. They are not the first person to take advantage of certain situations and they will not be the last.

            • anjealka

              I live in southern Utah. My neighbors are polygamists. My kid are friends with polygamists. My husband’s grandfather was a polygamist. I have NO issues with polygamy. I do have issues with welfare fraud , living beyond ones means, and child abuse in polygamy. The Browns are a loving family, I have no concerns about abuse. I do feel if Kody wanted 4 wives and 17 kids and 3 step kids he needed a solid plan (like anyone who chooses a large family) about taking care of them. I am just as upset about with my monogamous neighbors that have large families and use welfare(and I have reported welfare fraud plenty of times) to have free maternity care that they do not qualify for, or food stamps when they live beyond their means. Again I love my polygamous friends.

              • Charles

                You seem to be the only one on this thread that has any idea about what happens in polygamy. I have a question I hope you might answer. What happens in the case of divorce? Who supports these women. Do the kids get to maintain contact with half siblings? I guess I should also ask what happens if the male passes away. how do they handle the estate, if there is no will?

                • anjealka

                  Divorce usually happens because one or both parties want to leave the lifestyle or religion. I have seen women divorce and leave that are much like single mothers. Utah has many resources for them to get an education, if needed and help getting started. Contact with siblings depends on how and why the divorce takes place. I have seen that most will have some contact with siblings if the divorced mom still lives in the area. Might just mean meeting up at Costco or at a park. I know some adult children of polygamous divorces are close with all siblings, half or whole. I know 2 large families that divorced in the 80’s and I can’t tell who is a half sibling or full. All the ones that live in the area are close.
                  I’m not sure about the no will. I do know 2 wives that live together that had their husband die(I think he was in his 40’s). They live in a nice single family home and raise the kids still as a unit. They live in a normal upper middle class neighborhood and have maintained a decent lifestyle for many years. I recently saw a young husband who is losing his battle with cancer. His wives are vowing to stay together. One thing not commonly known is that usually at least 1 if not all wives have a decent education and better stable careers or career possiblites then men. There is a college in Colorado city with many heath care and education majors and some specialized certificate programs. Sometimes a wife would do better off for herself and her kids without the husband or other wives.

                  • Charles

                    I am beginning to think that as a society, we may have overlooked something good. Your post answered a lot of my guestions. I guess the only thing left is women having more than one husband? There is that question of paternity, which I think my rule out these kinds of unions being a benefit to society. With plural wives, that doesn’t happen. And I actually think women can handle it. Most women really are not that jealous. Even my own wife, whom I have been with for 25 years, has never really been against polygamy. Everytime the discussion has come up in our, she always says, this other wife just can’t live in my house. Now my wife is not every woman, but it does give me the idea that women want their own space with their children. It is not so much a jealousy issue. I am now out of the age range for second wives, so I don’t make this call for my own benefit. Now woman is going to want some old guy. I am lucky my wife is still with me, but for the future, we could bring down the divorce rate, and get rid of some of these welfare rolls. For example, I made a lot of money in my youth, had plural marriage been available, I could have supported several families. No welfare would have been necessary. Given my cultural background this would have been a big help toward offsetting welfare rolls. I think as a society sometimes we hurt ourselves by having silly rules, such as you cannot marry more than one person.

                    • anjealka

                      I know professional women that have become polygamists that had no prior background. I know a doctor who married into a polygamous family. She loved her job and wanted kids but didn’t want them in daycare. She loved a sister wife taking care of her kids. She had no issues with having nights off from her husband because she enjoyed having a night to read a book or spend time with her kids or sometimes she was on call. She appreciated her sister wives cooking and housework. She had no issues with sharing her income because she got the life she wanted.
                      I grew up in a typical Mass. suburb with a narrow view of the world till 17 when I started to travel. I know some ideas are more open, like gay marriage and parenthood, but it is still the same model it can be a man and women or 2 men but it is still one house, raising kids under certain norms. I know small christain groups that are very good at sharing roles and resources. They are not polygamous or commune style , they live separate by close by. One family does all the cooking and delivers meals, one mom has the childcare at her house, one family does yardwork, it is an interesting concept of using your strengths and having the best quality of life for you and your family.

                      • Charles

                        Yeah, my generation missed the boat on this one. Like I wrote earlier. My wife would have done it had it been available for her, as long as she had her own space. She would have gladly taken nights off from me. But this sort of lifestyle was not accepted in our time. I hope that the new generation will think this one through, especially with the busy lives for todays couples. Thanks for all of the information.

            • Dani

              “Also we are not suppose to be sitting here judging people on what they do or don’t do.”
              You do realize you are on a gossip column, right?

      • Tonya

        What makes you think that the Browns are on welfare? I watch that show as well and I don’t see any indication of welfare helping them out. Just like any other reality show they do get paid for being filmed. I am pretty sure they are getting a chunk of it too. I do not feel like the Browns are lying either. I believe that you need to get your facts straight before you start dishing out the lies and judging people as well. They also bring money in from their business, it’s not much but it helps. And if I am not mistaken Janelle is working as a real estate agent. Working or pursuing one or the other. But these people are not lazy.

        • anjealka

          The welfare has been documented. Christine filed bankruptcy in 2011 and it listed food stamps and WIC under income and that she was on medcaid for Truley’s birth which was all during filming. Several blogs (not sure if I can post them) sister wives blog (hint) have the documents showing Christine and robyn got food stamps during filming. Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn have all filed bankrupy at least once some twice before the show and again the welfare is documented income. the bankruptcy papers are public record. I wrote my thesis on polygamy and now live in an area that has a large polygamous community and welfare is the norm.
          As for jobs, Kody and Janelle did work fll time and Meri part time in Utah. Since the came to Vegas no one has held full time job. Janelle did get a real estate licsence but never practiced. They all tried to start a gym and it didn’t work as well as some MLM and the jewelry(I was at that expo and the jewelry was cheap and bombed, not people not liking them).
          As for jobs in Utah,

          • Pam

            If they’re on welfare, how could they have bought all those houses in Las Vegas?

            • anjealka

              This is one of the most asked and mysterious questions. Lets even forget about the welfare(which has been proven 3 wives were taking during season 1-2), all 5 of then had filed bankruptcy and none had salaried jobs, and the homes were new construction(which is harder to get a loan for in Vegas) and somehow they got 4 loans for 430-450k each. I am down to 2 theories. The first one was the Browns were told they needed 40% down to get a loan(during an episode) and the interest would be high. TLC might have advanced then the 40% down in exchange for a lengthy contract with lower per episode? The houses are built so TLC has a private enterance and parking in the back which is ideal since most HOA’s would hate TLC trucks and crew. Theory 2 is they took out some sort of balloon 3 year arm type non traditional loans. Several locals have posted this is what they did after the episode wear they were begging for 2 million from the investors for the jewelry business. The 2 million is exactly what they needed to pay off the home loans.
              The other factor is lets say they pay off the homes, the taxes, HOA fees, utilities and upkeep are outrageous in Vegas especially after coming from Utah. They Utah house they had for the 3 wives with taxes and utilities and upkeep ran about $500-600 a month, In Vegas the 4 houses run at least $7-8k a month.
              Since none of them after 3 years holds a salaried job, I sure hope they are selling a lot of plastic junk on their website to keep up with the costs.

        • Gort1

          The Browns have indeed been on welfare since right before their tv show started. ..and multiple bankruptcies…

      • ThatGirl

        Hmmm, judge much? What exactly are they lying about?

    • Courtney

      I basically just skimmed through, I was looking for mainly the ages of everyone. Idk why I care but I’m just interested if you know the age everyone is!

    • Dani

      He and his fifth wife have been married for twelve years and have a thirteen year old? I understand it is very common for children to be born out of wedlock, my daughter is, but something is so odd for it to happen to a fifth wife of a polygamist family.

      • ThatGirl

        I was a typo. Brady and Rhonda have been married for 14 years, not 12,

    • Lara

      I bet this makes Kody nervous of their show being cancelled.

    • Bryony

      For quick reference purposes, I compiled this list…

      1st wife: Paulie (married 21 years)
      children: 6 kids, ages 20-9

      2nd wife: Robyn (married 20 years)
      children: 5 kids, ages 19-9

      3rd wife: Rosemary (married 18 years)
      children: 4 kids, ages 17-11

      4th wife: Nonie (married 15 years)
      children: 5 kids, ages 14-4

      5th wife: Rhonda (married 12 years)
      children: 4 kids, ages 13-2

      total wives: 5
      total children: 24, ages 20-2

      • Brady’s relative

        He has been married to Rhonda 14 years. The media got that wrong. No baby out of wedlock.

      • Charles

        According to the article, the Williams are no longer Mormon. In the Mormon religion only the man can take more than one wife. I wonder if the male in the case of the William, would allow for one of his wives to take another husband? If the answer is no, than I don’t see equality in this situation played out for the women. Fairness is important to me. Which is kind of strange because I have been called a sexist at times (issues like women in combat in the military) and such.

    • Leatrix

      I wonder if he even knows all his kids names.
      His wives are a lot prettier than Kody’s at least.

      • ThatGirl

        He actually is an amazing father. I know him personally. I know his kids are crazy about him. They are an awesome family.

      • Charles

        Two pretty wives, for some reason that sounds like work, but five hot wives like this guy has, I would take that. That is just crazy, what man wouldn’t take that. they are all in shape. they all have little differences in shape which is really hot for a guy. I am trying to keep it PG here but you know what I mean.

    • Renee L

      Christine and Janelle are not real estate agents in Vegas. Those pictures of them have been up on TMI Reality for probably close to a year now. When you go to their each individual pages, it just says “From the Hit TV Show Sister Wives”. Christine decided against taking the test, thought the job would keep her away from her kids to long. I don’t know what happened to Janelle, but she’s not doing it either. So labeling them as real estate agents is a big reach.
      As for welfare, do some Googling, it’s out there. I remember reading some of it when they’re show first came on. I think it was one of their bankruptcy docs.

    • Sydne DiGia

      the long haired blonde wife looks and acts clinically depressed. it’s painful to watch.

    • Gort1

      Has this bunch filed bankruptcy and been on food stamps like the Sister Wives crew

      • katchalater

        Yes.

    • oregongal

      I thought polygamy was illegal here in the United States. How can they have a television show here and get away with it. They need to realize that he is only legally married to the first wife.

    • oregongal

      Plus Brady is soooooo ugly

 

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