TLC’s “Sister Wives” started the year off with a much hyped reveal, as Kody and Meri Brown’s 21-year-old daughter, Mariah, came out to the family as a lesbian.
“Okay,” she said, taking a deep breath, clearly nervous. “I’m gay.”
Her family, who follow Mormon fundamentalism, which is not supportive of the LGBTQ community generally, appeared shocked by the news.
Her father appeared to take the news better than her mother, who can be seen in a clip from the episode below crying and saying, “I thought I knew my daughter. I didn’t.”
“We’re not happy that Mariah is gay,” Kody explains to his wife. “We’re happy that she knows herself.”
Mariah tweeted out thanks for the support she was receiving from fans and well-wishers.
wow okay y'all making me cry with your support. thank you thank you thank you thank you??????
— mariah (@mariahlian) January 2, 2017
The family told HuffPost Live in a 2013 interview that they are supportive of same-sex marriage, and that adults should be able to “structure their family” however they want.
Watch Mariah come out in the video below.