Why are Ethan Plath’s wife Olivia and his mom feuding?

THE Plath family is back for its third season on TLC.

Along with a new season, comes new drama, this time, between Kim Plath and her daughter-in-law Olivia.


Ethan and Olivia Plath have been married since October 2018Credit: Instagram

Why are Ethan Plath’s wife Olivia and his mom feuding?

Season two ended with a blow out between oldest son Ethan, 23, and his dad, Barry.

The season ended with Ethan yelling at his father over how they had treated his wife which ultimately led to his decision to walk away from the family.

Prior to the start of season three, Ethan’s younger brother Micah gave Us Weekly an inside look at what has really been going on between Kim and Olivia.

The 20-year-old started by addressing Ethan and Olivia’s wedding, saying that his mother was a bit controlling.

“I think a lot of it was my mom trying to make it her wedding almost,” he recalled.

“It was at her place. She had what she wanted to do. She’s just, you know, really excited, and I feel like that happens a good amount of times, but she probably went a little overboard and Olivia definitely felt that way.”

He then added in that what ultimately led to the feud was lack of communication.

“I mean, I don’t know exactly, but this is kind of what I’ve gotten from it just a whole bunch of things like that, that led up to, a lot of frustrated and bad communication,” he continued. “Just people not saying what they’re going to do, doing things differently, doing things other people didn’t want to.”

Ethan’s younger sister Moriah, 18, added in that the stress from Hurricane Michael didn’t help the situation either.

“We didn’t have power until, like, an hour before the wedding…. There was so much stress. And so I feel like a lot of people’s true colors came out at that time,” Moriah added. “So, in all this stress [and] that, then things just kind of got brought up and that’s kind of when everything got exposed, and it just didn’t turn out how everybody expected it to turn out.”

What has Olivia said about Kim Plath?

This tension between the two has gone on long before now.

Back in 2019, Olivia, 23, first addressed the tensions between her and Kim in an interview with People magazine.

“I have felt very negative about Kim,” she told the media outlet.

“Because even when Ethan and I were dating, I was criticized for what kind of toothpaste I used, or what I ate, or what I wore, or what I did. I feel like I was constantly critiqued. Literally every time I get in my car to go over there, my stomach is in knots.”

Olivia and her mother-in-law Kim are known for not seeing eye-to-eye


Olivia and her mother-in-law Kim are known for not seeing eye-to-eyeCredit: TLC

How can I watch Welcome to Plathville?

Season three of Welcome to Plathville started on August 17, 2021.

Episodes air live on TLC Tuesdays at 10pm EST and are available to watch the next day on the network’s website.

The show can also be streamed on Discovery+.

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