The one-hour special introduces Brady Williams, his five wives, and 24 children

By Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
August 31, 2013 10:30 AM
Liz Bowles Photography

Move over Sister Wives, there’s a new polygamous family in town.

My Five Wives is TLC’s latest foray into the world of polygamy. The one-hour special profiles Brady Williams, his five wives and 24 children, who all live together on a large family property outside of Salt Lake City, Utah.

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. 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.

Here’s what’s up with the wives:

Paulie, the First Wife: Brady and Paulie have been married for 21 years and have six children together (ranging in age from 9 to 20). A dental hygienist, Paulie was raised in a polygamist family but supports her oldest daughter who is in a monogamous marriage.

Robyn, the Second Wife: Brady and Robyn have been married for 20 years and have five children together (ranging in age from 9 to 19). Growing up in a polygamist family, Robyn always expected to be a plural wife.

Rosemary, the Third Wife: Married to Brady for 18 years, Rosemary is the mother to four children, ages 11 to 17. She is studying for her teaching degree in music and biology at a local college.

Nonie, the Fourth Wife: When she first met Brady, Nonie was living in Montana, so the couple dated long-distance before they got engaged. After 15 years of marriage and five children, Nonie is the only wife that works with Brady on a regular basis on the family’s construction business.

Rhonda, the Fifth Wife: After marrying into the family 12 years ago, Rhonda confesses that it took eight years before she “really” felt like part of the family. The mother of four admits that while there are downsides to polygamy, she loves that her kids will always have other mothers around that love them.

My Five Wives will air Sept. 15 on TLC.