Another star also opens up about being ex-communicated from the Mormon church following an illicit affair.
Yes, you did read that headline correctly. One of the stars of Bravo’s new
“Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” is married to her grandfather. Sure, technically he’s her step-grandfather, but as one of her costars remarked in the premiere, “shit’s weird.”
On Wednesday night, the world was introduced to the six women sharing their opulent Utah lifestyles with viewers. Among them is Mary Cosby, a Pentecostal First Lady who has been married to her step-grandfather for 20 years.
“We were kind of, I would say, an arranged marriage,” she explained in the premiere. “It was kind of in my grandma’s will for us to marry.”
“She said if anything ever happens to me, Bobby, I want you to marry one of my girls because they’ll look out for you,” added Robert Sr., before Mary said the two are “blessed because of it.”
While they didn’t go into further detail, her Bravo bio explains that in order to inherit her family’s empire of churches, restaurants and more, she had to marry her late grandmother’s second husband. The two have been married for 21 years now and share a son.
“I don’t give a shit if it’s your biological grandpa, step grandpa, shit’s weird,” Mary’s costar Jen Shah remarked in the premiere. Added fellow co-star Heather Gay: “I love my grandpas but I would not want to be married to them. And I’m Mormon, we have a lot of latitude for a lot of weird shit.”
In her own confessional, Mary responded to criticism by saying, “They’ll get over it. Just digest it.”
Cosby isn’t the only one in the premiere with a unique living situation, as many of the women have interesting and/or complicated relationships with Mormonism. Seeing as Salt Lake City is the hub for the religion, many of them are either practicing Mormons, dabble in it or have practiced it in the past.
For Shah, she was raised Mormon but left the church after marrying her Black, Muslim husband. While she pushed for him to convert, he reminded her the church didn’t always accept Black priests or allow Black parishioners to partake in certain rituals.
“That’s when I started questioning, I cannot sign up for a religion that did not accept my husband and my kids,” she explained. “That’s the point where I was like, I’m converting to Islam.”
For Whitney Rose, she was actually ex-communicated from the church after she and her now-husband Justin had a workplace affair while they were both married to other people. After she got pregnant, they married in 2009, “in front of 50 people who didn’t want us together.”
Rose explained she was basically Mormon royalty, as her fourth great grandfather was bodyguard to LDS originators Joseph Smith and Brigham Young.
“It is a very big deal I’m no longer Mormon,” said Rose, who added most of their friends and family turned their backs on them for a decade. Despite all the judgement, criticism and pain, however, Rose…