'My Five Wives': TLC Polygamy Show 'Liberating,' Says Brady Williams

Monday, 10 Mar 2014 12:36 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Brady Williams, who is featured on the TLC series "My Five Wives," told the Associated Press that appearing on the polygamy reality show with his family has been "very liberating."

A pilot episode appeared on TLC in September and the first of nine new episodes began airing on Sunday, featuring Williams, his wives and his 24 children who live just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah in a tiny rural community. 

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"It really is like coming out of the closet," Brady Williams, 43, told the Associated Press. "It's very liberating."

Brady Williams' experience so far has been different from Kody Brown and his family's; their story debuted on TLC's "Sister Wives" in 2010. The Browns were threatened by a county official in Utah when the show aired, prompting the family to flee to Las Vegas.

"There haven't been any overt acts of disapproval," Williams said. "We want to be able to feel comfortable in our own skin."

Williams and his family broke away from the church he belonged to and became Mormon, and he works as a project manager for his brother's construction business, according to his biography on TLC's website. The show depicts his life with his wives, Paulie, Robyn, Rosemary, Nonie and Rhonda, and their 24 children.

Paulie and Robyn grew up in polygamist families and expected to be involved in a plural marriage. Rosemary works with Brady at the family's construction business. Noni and Rhonda, who is Robyn's cousin, spend the most time together.

"If they want to go public with what they believe, it's their choice," Aaron Bronson, a member of the Apostolic United Brethren, the family's old church, told the Associated Press. "It's not something I would choose to do with my family. It's a rocky road."

Back in September, the Williams family told People magazine that Mormonism and a genuine love for one another is what keeps them together.

"Brady and his wives maintain that they practice polygamy not only for religious reasons, but also out of mutual love and commitment to each other," People reported. "They are estranged from their church and therefore shunned by their community and many family members, but the Williams family believes the sacrifices are worth it."

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