The real reason Welcome To Plathville’s Kim and Barry Plath are ending their marriage

Reality TV villains Kim and Barry Plath are the parents of hit reality show Welcome to Plathville. Barry and Kim are fundamentalist Christians who make Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar look wild in comparison. The Plaths raised their nine children in a very strict and sheltered home. The Plath kids didn’t have cell phones, soda pop, or TVs. Despite being banned from television, Barry and Kim thought it was okay to put their kids on a reality show.

Four of her nine children are now estranged from their parents. Eldest daughter Hosanna married young and moved away from her parents. Barry and Kim threw their teenagers, Moria and Micah, out of the house and left them to fend for themselves with no high school diploma or GED. The Plath elder, Ethan, stopped contacting his parents because they were treating his wife Olivia (Ethan’s parents believe that evil spirits possess Olivia because she thinks drinking Coca-Cola is okay, and other revolutionaries ideas).

In season 4 of the TLC series, Barry and Kim face relationship troubles. People reported that Kim opened up about her decision to move away from her husband and five younger children. “I never thought it would be like this… It’s a time of great change right now,” the 49-year-old mother explained. “It’s like he wants me to stay, but I don’t know if he really wants to change.” It got even worse as season four progressed. That’s why the ‘Welcome to Plathville’ stars are ending their marriage.

Barry and Kim Plath’s marriage has ended after 24 years

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Welcome to Plathville parents Barry and Kim Plath are ending their marriage, according to a statement to People. “After much thought and discussion, we have decided to end our marriage,” the couple explained. “While this was not an easy decision, we know it is the best choice for both of us. We’ve been through many ups and downs in our 24 years of marriage, and as we navigate this new chapter in our lives, we will be parents together to our amazing children.”

In a Twitter video clip from the reality show, the couple can be seen having an emotional conversation about their relationship. Barry admitted the split was “strange and lonely”. The 54-year-old added: “One thing I thought would never be shaken was us. Now it’s totally shaken. It’s just very sad. It’s a tragedy.” Heartbroken Barry told his wife: “I have my days when I feel like a troubled man. I also have questions like: What’s driving the show behind it, why are you doing what you’re doing? I guess after 24 years you don’t just go and throw things away.”

Kim seemed distant during the conversation but offered her side of the situation, telling her husband, “I just feel like I’ve been hurt too much.” As Barry tries to get his wife to see, that there is hope for the relationship, Kim shuts him down and says, “Do you want me to know that I’m not happy?”

Reacting to Barry and Kim Plath’s Divorce News

Barry and Kim Plath’s children have had mixed reactions to the news. Moriah Plath told People she’s trying to remain neutral about her parents’ split. “At the end of the day, I just want her and my dad to be happy,” Moriah explained of her mom. “It’s really hard because they both want different things, so it’s hard to watch. I want my dad to be happy but it tears him up but my mom won’t be happy with my dad.” The 19-year-old star added sharply, “I don’t know, people change.” Her brother Ethan told People “Honestly, I’d probably prefer to stay out of it.”

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But it’s not just the Plath kids reacting to the news of Barry and Kim — many fans have feelings about Barry and Kim’s divorce. The subreddit “Welcome to Plathville” is buzzing with activity; One Redditor commented, “I’m surprised my first reaction is to feel sorry for Barry. He just seems so clueless and like he’s spent most of his life being what Kim wanted…Kim will find someone new to dominate and twist her will.” A Redditor (no fan of Barry) commented, “He has a condescending smile on his face. It made me so uncomfortable.” of it since fundies are so anti-divorce and I thought JB & Michelle made it and didn’t.”