Brothers and sisters forever. In the middle of the ongoing family drama on TLC Welcome to Plathvillethe siblings have made it clear that their relationship comes first.
“As a family, we have decided to no longer be divided,” said a statement shared via Friday, August 5. Moriah PlathLus Instagram account. “There is much more to the story than what you all have seen on the show. While we understand that this is a TV show and we do not control the editing of the show, we are indeed a family full of love and respect for each other.
The statement continued: “That being said, as a family we do not want to sit by and watch our family fall apart.”
The lengthy social media post also “clarified” a storyline from the episode on Thursday, August 4 Welcome to Plathville. In part of the episode, Olivia Plath (née Meggs) claimed that her stepmother, Kim PlathUsed Ethan Plathcredit card without authorization to purchase goods for themselves. The photographer, 24, further accused the matriarch, 49, of robbing Ethan without paying him back. After Olivia confronted her husband, the 24-year-old claimed he didn’t know her password to revoke her mother’s access. Georgia natives now say Olivia’s story wasn’t all.
“Mom and Ethan had a business arrangement where Ethan made a lot of money. And both parties were aware of all the transactions that were made,” noted the Friday statement clarifying the blogger’s claims. “Our mother should have had the opportunity to defend herself and tell her side of the story.”
The Plaths rose to fame in November 2019 when Season 1 of their self-titled docu-series premiered on TLC. The reality show chronicled parents Kim and Barry Plath‘s life as parents of nine children – they share Ethan, Hosanna, Micah, Moriah, Lydia, Isaac, Amber, Cassia and Mercy – in rural Georgia. The family’s lifestyle has attracted attention since the large brood – who had their own group together – lived at a distance with strict rules, including not watching TV or drinking soda.
Amidst the show’s production, Kim notably clashed with Olivia before her wedding to Ethan in 2018.
“When we were dating, I knew I was controlled in what we were allowed to do, what we were allowed to say,” Olivia recalls. We Weekly in August 2021. “I remember the night it clicked for me was the night we got engaged. We walk in the door, [Kim] was waiting for us and she, like, grabbed my hand and looked at the ring. And the first thing she said was, ‘Oh, I want to exchange rings with you.’ And I was like, ‘OK, this is really weird.’
Ethan supported his wife at the time, noting that his mother seemed to think their wedding was all about her. “It just wasn’t right,” he said We. “Coming back from it, after our honeymoon and all that, it’s like trying to discuss it and fix it and then it didn’t go well.”
Kim and the 54-year-old TLC patriarch — who announced their separation in June — have also dealt with several of their oldest children leaving their reclusive lifestyles in favor of various activities.
“Some of us kids have been rebels and are finding our place in life, and we are so grateful to be supported and loved unconditionally by our family…no matter what choices we make or who we become,” Friday’s continued Instagram posts. “Please remember that we are human and we make mistakes. No one is perfect and we continue to learn and grow every day. Not a single person is to blame.
Plath’s older siblings also urged viewers to have “compassion” for their younger siblings, who are at “very vulnerable ages” to deal with the consequences of public family conflict.
“We realized that unless we speak up, this cycle will never end,” the statement concluded. “We ask that you have compassion for us and understand that not everything you see on the show is what it really is in real life. Thank you for your continued support. Family first!”