'Sister Wives' daughter, Mariah, comes out as a lesbian


To say the Brown family was thrown for a loop on the most recent episode ofSister Wivesis an understatement.

Fans of the TLC show -- as well as the Brown family themselves -- were shocked by Sunday's big reveal, when Kody and Meri's 21-year-old daughter, Mariah, came out as a lesbian. Mariah is currently a college student in Utah.

"This feels so awkward," Mariah nervously told Cody, Meri, as well as Cody's three other wives, Janelle, Christine and Robyn before the pivotal moment. "Um, I'm gay."

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In previews of next week's episode, Meri is struggling with the news. "I thought I knew my daughter, I didn't," she cries.

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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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Meri also gets upset with Kody and Robyn for appearing to be happy when Mariah comes out.

"We're not happy that Mariah's gay, we're happy that she knows herself," Kody responds.

Mariah is one of 18 children in the polygamist family. She is the only biological child of Meri, Kody's first wife. On Sunday, Mariah took to Twitter to thank fans for their support.

"Wow okay y'all making me cry with your support," she wrote, adding a rainbow flag emoji. "Thank you thank you thank you thank you."

"As hard as 2016 was for me, it was also probably the best year of my life," she also tweeted on New Year's Eve. "I am genuinely so blessed."

In a July 2013 HuffPost Live interview, the Fundamentalist Mormon family showed support for gay marriage. "We have established our family the way we've chosen to, we've organized it the way we wanted to, we believe that all people should be allowed to have that right," Kody said.

"All adults should be be able to choose who they love and how they structure their family," Robyn added. "I have some very close friends who are homosexual."

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This, of course, isn't the first time the Brown family has dealt with surprising news. In 2015, Meri revealed she was tricked into having an online relationship with a woman. Watch the video below to see her tearfully discuss the catfishing incident.


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