In Rocky Ridge, Utah, there’s a family that includes a father, five wives, and 24 children who are all split between two houses. The Williams family is unconventional, to say the least. Brady Williams is the 49-year-old patriarch, and he’s married to Paulie, Robyn, Rosemary, Nonie, and Rhonda. Brady insists that they’re just a regular normal family. “It’s not that complicated,” Brady said in an interview with ABC news. “We love each other. We’re just normal times five.” The family claims that they’re teaching their children that they don’t have to embrace this lifestyle if it’s not for them, or so they told The Journal in 2013.
In the interview, they added, “It’s about love and it’s about commitment, and it’s about happiness as a family,” Brady said. They’re not really a traditional polygamist family. For one thing, they’re not deeply religious and have some open-minded beliefs, they say. Also, they do occasionally drink alcohol. I know that if I had five wives, I’d be drinking alcohol and lots of it, but that’s just me. My one wife is all I need. The family lives in two houses that are next door to each other and every wife takes a turn cooking dinner for the family of 30. Brady loves it. He said, “It’s like having Thanksgiving dinner five nights a week.”
The family had a reality TV show on TLC at one time, and it aired between 2013 and 2014. Since it wasn’t on the air very long, it probably wasn’t hugely popular, but I’m not sure. I’ve never heard of it before today. Brady thinks it’s totally OK to live the way the family lives, saying, “There is an unhealthy stigma attached to polygamy,” he said. “There is nothing wrong with consenting adults living and loving how they choose.” What he doesn’t address is the fact that there are 24 children involved who are not consenting to this unorthodox situation.
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