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Ethan and Olivia's Marriage Hasn't Always Been Easy on 'Welcome to Plathville'


Aug. 24 2021, Updated 12:01 p.m. ET

There are some things the Plath family on Welcome to Plathville just doesn't agree with. Like public school and sugar, for starters. But when it comes to relationships, divorce is likely also out of the question. So when Ethan and Olivia Plath's marriage hit a few bumps, it led some fans to wonder where they stand now.

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The Plaths are similar to the Duggars of 19 Kids and Counting and Counting On fame in that they are a big family that lives with their own set of rules and religious convictions to live by. Ethan was one of the first to break from the mold and, while he seems less than eager to be considered a rebel, that’s how he appears in the grand scheme of things. Maybe divorce isn't a total no-no for him specifically. 

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But are Ethan and Olivia from 'Welcome to Plathville' still together?

The biggest issue in Olivia and Ethan's marriage is his family. During Season 1 of Welcome to Plathville, Ethan's parents were increasingly wary of the influence Ethan and Olivia might have on their other children if they spent time with them unsupervised. This led to more trouble with Olivia's relationship with Ethan's mom, Kim Plath. Ultimately, the finale of Season 2 saw Ethan and Olivia cut off contact with Kim and Barry. They made the decision to focus on their marriage rather than trying to change Kim and Barry's behavior.

So how is it going? Judging by Instagram, Olivia and Ethan are still going strong. In October 2020, Olivia posted a handful of photos of herself with Ethan and a caption that said, "In a world where most things come and go, I'll always have you to hold. And that's all I need to know." She also shared a photo in August with a caption that talked about growing closer to Ethan during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In Season 2, the couple opened up about having no contact with Ethan's family.

"During last year, we were allowed to see the kids some, and then last fall, everything just completely changed and we were not allowed to see the kids at all," Olivia said in the clip. "It was just toxic." At the end of Season 2, the situation between Ethan and his parents came to a head when he and Olivia came to say goodbye to the younger siblings (at least until the younger kids turn 18 and can choose for themselves if they want to continue their relationship with their brother and his wife).

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Olivia made it clear that she didn't feel comfortable going to the house or meeting with Kim and Barry, and would instead wait in the car for the kids to meet her on neutral territory. When Ethan asked for the kids to come to say their goodbyes to Olivia separately, Kim and Barry tried to force themselves into the situation. After Ethan calmly explained the boundaries he and Olivia had set, Barry ignored them and started moving toward the car. Ethan grabbed Barry's arm, pointed his finger in Barry's face, and told him "You are not going to go over to my wife."

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Barry eventually relented, but Ethan's younger siblings were still unable to say goodbye to Olivia. Instead, they looked to their older sister Lydia for comfort while Kim sobbed loudly.

Since the Season 2 finale aired, people have been flocking to Olivia's Instagram account and asking constantly whether she and Ethan are still together. In the event that she doesn't wear her wedding rings in one of her photos, people jump to all kinds of conclusions, despite Olivia making it clear that yes, she and Ethan are still a team and are working on making their relationship as strong as it can be.

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Moriah Plath has also rebelled in her own ways.

Another big storyline during Season 1 was one of the older daughters, Moriah, breaking free herself. She had big aspirations to go to college away from home and experience the world in a way her parents had, up until that point, forbidden. She sought advice from Olivia, which only made the rift between Olivia and Ethan's family greater and inadvertently made Moriah feel more detached from her parents and their values than she already was.

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While she initially had plans to live with extended relatives in Minnesota, Moriah ultimately ended up moving in with her brother, Micah. She even started pursuing a music career and got a boyfriend!

Is Micah Plath still modeling?

Moriah and Ethan’s brother, Micah, also stepped out on his own during Season 1. His big storyline was his dream of modeling and he actually found some minor success with it. Naturally, it was something his parents didn't approve of. But Micah still appears to be modeling (often in his underwear).

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The Plaths are far removed from the Duggars, so you won’t find all of them trying desperately to keep sweet in the face of worldly temptations. Some have, however, crossed the threshold of no return and although Ethan and Olivia’s marriage has been tested because of Ethan's family, they are making it work.

Watch Welcome to Plathville on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on TLC.

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