In Welcome to Plathville Season 3, viewers are taken in a rocky wedding between Olivia and Ethan Plath.
At one point, the couple split up and questions about their future spread around the Internet.
Olivia and Ethan are back together now, seemingly as happy as ever.
But now? Welcome to Plathville Season 4? All eyes are on Ethan’s parents – and the same question is being asked about Kim and Barry Plath.
In a sneak peek of Tuesday night’s brand new episode of the TLC reality show, Kim opens up about the rocky state of her relationship, falls into direct conflict, and admits the following:
“Barry and I have decided to stay apart for a while.
“The easiest way to do it right now is that whenever one of our rental properties is empty, I pack a bag and I go and I’m there.”
At the time of this confession, the property was the family farm where Kim and Barry raised their nine children … and where the first season of the hit show was set.
“I never thought it would be like that,” Kim continued in the People’s Magazine clip. “It’s a time of great change, and I’m not sure what it will look like.”
As viewers of Welcome to Plathville have witnessed so far this season, Barry and Kim’s romance has taken a significant turn for the worse, with the two not sharing another bedroom.
“There is a void, you know? A transfer has taken place and her presence is missing so I feel it, ”Barry previously said in Season 4 that Kim actually came out of their bedroom and collapsed on the sofa.
According to the family’s mother, Barry made a legitimate effort to improve things in the couple, but the changes were temporary.
“Barry tried a bit, but at times I thought he wasn’t really trying,” he explained in this week’s episode.
“As soon as he thought it was working, he stopped trying.
“And once I realized that, I feel emotionally, I’m just done. I think there’s no way it’s going to work.”
Is there any hope of reunion?
“It looks like she wants me to stay but I don’t know if she really wants to change,” Kim sighed, hiding and peeking.
“I see no way that emotional intimacy can really be reconnected.”
In last week’s installment, Barry did not try to hide the obstacles in his marriage.
“Kim and I, we’ve been going through a lot in the last few months, as far as issues are concerned,” he said.
“We’ve had conversations here and there, and the response I’m getting is that he’s not happy. It was just a matter of getting him approved, and it was a really big awakening.”
At the time there was some optimism that things could be fixed.
“Looking back on my relationship, I think I missed a lot of opportunities to show that I love Kim. Like taking time out on a date, it’s an idea I couldn’t put into practice,” her father continued. Nine
“But, for Kim, it was a problem.
“In my mind, I think I want to do this, so I want, ‘Life is full of mistakes, and let’s see what we can do at the second chance.’
“There’s a void. A change has taken place. His absence is absent, so I feel it. … I sometimes feel like I’m in the twilight zone of marriage.
“In some ways, I feel left behind. I always thought I would get married until I died, but in reality, it seems like it’s going to end soon.”