'Sister Wives' star Meri Brown admits she was tricked into having an online relationship with a woman

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Sister Wives' Meri Brown -- the first wife of 46-year-old polygamist Kody Brown -- is now admitting she had an online relationship with someone who she thought was another man, but was actually a woman.

"During an emotional and vulnerable time earlier this year, I began speaking with someone online who turned out to be not who they said they were," Meri, 44, tells People. "I never met this person and I regret being drawn into this situation, but I hope because of it I can help others who find themselves in similar circumstances."

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Meri divorced Cody last September so that he could legally marry his fourth wife, Robyn. The two are still considered "spiritually married." Kody married Robyn so that he could legally adopt her three children from a previous marriage, and they would have access to the same insurance and benefits as the rest of his children.

Meri says despite the online affair, Kody and her three sister wives -- 45-year-old Janelle, 42-year-old Christine, and 36-year-old Robyn -- have stuck by her.

"Throughout this ordeal, my family has supported and stood by me," she says. "I am grateful to them for their love and strength through this difficult time."

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'Sister Wives' star Meri Brown admits she was tricked into having an online relationship with a woman
FILE - In this file publicity photo provided by TLC, Kody Brown, center, poses with his wives, from left, Robyn, Christine, Meri and Janelle, in a promotional photo for the reality series, "Sister Wives," which aired in March 2011. When the polygamous family learned in December 2013 that a federal judge in Utah struck down key parts of the state's polygamy laws, Brown and his four wives said they cried and felt deeply emotional. The family said they are grateful for the ruling, but said winning the lawsuit they brought against Utah in July 2011 doesn’t ease the pain caused by the significant personal sacrifices they made when they fled the state for Las Vegas under the threat of prosecution. (AP Photo/TLC, George Lange, File)
FILE - In this undated file photo provided by TLC, Kody Brown, center, poses with his wives, from left, Janelle, Christine, Meri, and Robyn in a promotional photo for TLC's reality TV show, "Sister Wives." A lawmaker who says Utah should avoid legislating morality wants to change the law to comply with a federal judge’s ruling striking down key parts of the state’s polygamy laws. (AP Photo/TLC, Bryant Livingston, File)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 03: (L-R) Television personalities Janelle Brown, Kody Brown and Christine Brown from 'Sister Wives' arrive at the show 'RockTellz & CockTails presents Meat Loaf' at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on October 3, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 15: Cast of TLC's 'Sister Wives' Christine Brown, Janelle Brown, Kody Brown, Robyn Brown and Meri Brown attend the Nevada Ballet Theatre's Production of 'The Nutcracker' opening night performance at the Smith Center on December 15, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 13: (L-R) Janelle Brown, Meri Brown, Kody Brown and Christine Brown from 'Sister Wives' attend a pre-show reception for the grand opening of 'Dancing With the Stars: Live in Las Vegas' at the New Tropicana Las Vegas April 13, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for AEG Live)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Kody Brown, joined by three of his four wives Meri, Janelle, and Christine (his 4th wife Robyn is too pregnant to travel), talks about their show 'Sister Wives,' .on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 9/21/11, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images)KODY BROWN, MERI BROWN, JANELLE BROWN, CHRISTINE BROWN
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 14: (L-R) Robyn Brown, Meri Brown, Kody Brown, Christine Brown and Janelle Brown from 'Sister Wives' arrive at the grand opening of Mike Tyson's one-man show 'Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth - Live on Stage' at the Hollywood Theatre at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino April 14, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Kody Brown, joined by three of his four wives Meri, Janelle, and Christine (his 4th wife Robyn is too pregnant to travel), talks about their show 'Sister Wives,' .on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 9/21/11, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images)GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, KODY BROWN, MERI BROWN, JANELLE BROWN, CHRISTINE BROWN
PLYMOUTH, MA - SEPTEMBER 10: Kody Brown of Sister Wives visits Plymouth Beach on September 10, 2011 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. (Photo by Stephen J. Cohen/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 06: TV personalities Meri Brwon, Janelle Brown, Kody Brown, Christine Brown and Robyn Brown speak duinrg the 'Sister Wives' panel during the Discovery Communications portion of the 2010 Summer TCA pres tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 6, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
PLYMOUTH, MA - SEPTEMBER 10: Kody Brown of Sister Wives visits Plymouth Beach on September 10, 2011 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. (Photo by Stephen J. Cohen/Getty Images)
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TLC's Sister Wives documents the life of polygamist Kody, his four wives, and their 17 children. Brown is only legally married to Robyn, while the rest of marriages are considered spiritual unions. In June, Robyn and Kody announced they're expecting baby number two, due next January.

But that's not the only big change in the family. Last month, 18-year-old Maddie Brown -- the second child of Kody and Janelle -- got engaged to Caleb Brush, and revealed that the two will not be going the polygamous route.

"We are not living a plural marriage," Caleb told People. "We support Maddie's family with their choice of living plural marriage, and they support us with our choice in just marrying each other."

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