What Janelle Brown Admires About Sister Wife Christine's Relationship — and Why It Affirms Her Desire to Stay Single

"I just consider myself single, I don't consider myself divorced or separated or whatever. I just think I'm single," Janelle Brown tells PEOPLE following her split from Kody Brown

Janelle Brown; David Woolley and Christine Brown
Janelle Brown; David Woolley and Christine Brown

Janelle Brown is embracing her single status.

The Sister Wives star, 54, tells PEOPLE that she doesn’t consider herself to be a divorcée following her split from ex Kody Brown, explaining, “I don't consider myself divorced or separated or whatever. I just think I'm single.”

Her friend and former sister wife Christine Brown recalls a conversation they had camping with her husband David Woolley, which affirmed Janelle’s desire to stay unattached for now.

“I remember you came over to the campfire and we were making food and stuff, and you're like, ‘Oh, you've got someone who really helps,’” she reminds Janelle. “Because David does everything, he's super helpful. And you were like, ‘He really does everything. He does so much.’”

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<p>Christine Brown/ Instagram</p> Janelle Brown and Christine Brown

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Janelle Brown and Christine Brown

Christine, 51, adds that Janelle referred to her and Woolley as “a real team” but she made it clear she wasn’t yet looking for that type of partnership.

She recalls Janelle saying, “‘I don't need this. I don't want this, actually," adding, "I don't need another person. You do, this is for you, but this is not for me. It's not what I want."

“No, not at this stage. Yeah, not at this stage,” Janelle clarifies.

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Janelle Brown
Janelle Brown

For now, Janelle is embracing freedom following her split from Kody. “I feel like I can choose now," she says. "My youngest is graduated from high school. I now have an exciting professional life, and I have all these kids, I have grandkids, and I just want to explore this part of my life.”

She adds, “I think it seems extremely complicated to date. It seems extremely complicated. Plus, ugh, I don't know. No, no. I was married for 30 years, I'm ready now to do something else. You know what I mean? So I'm sometimes a little lonely at night, but it's OK. It's OK, I'll survive.”

However, Janelle believes she may be ready for a partnership in 10 years — and she isn’t shutting the door on polygamy.

“I would actually consider a plural marriage because I really do love the freedom and the independence that it gave me, and I think it was a good fit for me,” she explains. “I don't even know what it would be like to be married in a monogamous relationship. If that's what works out, great.”

She affirms, “So I'm open to plural marriage, but I don't know if there's really a lot of men who can actually pull it off.”

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