KIM and Barry Plath have officially announced the end of their marriage.
The Welcome to Plathville stars confirmed that they are going their separate ways after 24 years.
Speaking to People, Kim, 49, and Barry, 54, said: “After considerable thought and discussion, we have decided to end our marriage.”
They continued: “While this was not an easy decision, we know it’s the best choice for both of us.
“We have been through many highs and lows in our 24 years of marriage and as we navigate this new chapter in our lives, we will co-parent our amazing children.”
The decision to divorce comes after Barry and Kim, who share nine children, tried living apart from each other.
As seen on their reality show, Kim decided to move out of the family home.
She shared in a confessional: “Barry and I have decided to live separately for a while.
“The easiest way to do that right now is whenever one of our rental properties is vacant, I pack a bag and I go and I stay there.”
She continued: “I never thought it would be like this. It’s just a time of a lot of change right now, and I’m not sure exactly what that’s going to look like.”
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Barry made an attempt to salvage their marriage, according to Kim.
“Barry tried for a little bit, but at some point, I felt like he’s not really trying,” she said.
Meanwhile, he admitted: “Looking back on my relationship, I think I just missed lots of opportunities to show Kim I love her. Like taking time to go out on a date, that was a concept that I couldn’t put action to.”
Welcome to Plathville follows Barry and Kim with their nine children as viewers get to see the large family navigate their lives and explore various things that were once forbidden due to their upbringing.
Kim and Barry raised their kids with limited technology, no sugar, and on a fairly isolated farm under a strict fundamentalist Christian lifestyle and belief system.
One of the most vocal of their children has been daughter Moriah, 19, who has not only strayed away from her family but has shared proof of her rebellion on social media.
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