David Preston Jessop is known for being the ex-husband of Robyn Brown, the reality TV star. They got married in June 1999 and divorced in 2007, after which David disappeared from the limelight.
Having been married to the famous reality TV star for seven and a half years, with three kids to show for it, Jessop filed for a divorce in 2007. Roughly seven years after the divorce was finalized, Robyn got married to her current husband, Kody Brown. The same can’t be said about David who has stayed away from the spotlight, except for the time he made news headlines after he was arrested for assault.
How Old is David Jessop?
David Preston Jessop was born on August 26, 1979, which puts him at 44 years of age at the moment. He is the second youngest of a family of 9 siblings who are all male. He also has several other half-siblings since his father had many wives.
David’s father’s name is Louis and his mother’s, Mary. His father Louis was Mary’s uncle by marriage ties at the time they wedded. This somewhat complex family connection was something quite common in their fold as their Church allowed polygamy, which linked a lot of them by blood relationship or marriage ties.
David is of American nationality and probably grew up in Montana. He has built a career in the Heating Ventilation and Air Condition business, and as far as his personal details go, not much else is known about him. David Jessop lives his life off the media radar and is committed to his privacy.
Was David Preston Jessop Robyn Brown’s First Husband?
David Preston Jessop was indeed Robyn Sullivan’s first husband. The TV star who is now a part of the Sister Wives reality show was born on October 9, 1978. Her place of birth is Leah in Utah, and she was born into a polygamous family.
Talking about how David and Robyn met, she was then still a student, although the level of education she was in it at the time was not specified. From what we gathered, however, David must’ve approached her at some point, and in 1999 she got pregnant, at about the age of 20.
Within that same year, David Jessop and Robyn Brown got married, which from her account was because of the pregnancy, and not so much out of true interest. They had their first child on January 16, in the year 2000. After over seven years of being married, however, Robyn decided to quit their matrimony on grounds of domestic abuse.
They Divorced Over Claims of Domestic Abuse
According to the TV star, after finding out about her pregnancy, she was devastated at first, but decided to move on from that and tried to make the relationship work. She spent the following years of her life in that endeavor, and while their marriage never had a good start, things only got worse as the years progressed.
Robyn Brown claims she suffered a lot in the marriage, and that her husband David was abusive to her and the kids as well. The couple then separated and got divorced a year and a half later.
David Preston Jessop, on the other hand, revealed nothing of the dispute between the two. In fact, he seemed committed to being off the news or any media attention at all. He granted no interviews, and for the numerous times he was given the chance to tell his side of the story, he never did.
A source close to David once revealed that the last thing on earth David Preston would want was to have the lives of his kids televised and aired in public.
David Preston Jessop and Robyn Brown Had Three Kids Together
During the time of their marriage, the ex-couple had 3 kids. The first son conceived before their marriage is David Preston Jessop Jr, now known as Dayton Brown. He was born on January 16, 2000. Their second child and first daughter, named Aurora Alice, was born on June 4, 2002. Their second daughter who is their third child is Breanna Rose; she was born on October 7, 2005.
All three kids are now adopted by family patriarch Kody Brown, who is Robyn’s new husband. According to the Brown family, David had been distant in the life of his kids for a long period and barely spent any time with them. Kody’s other wife Meri Brown, around the time of the adoption, revealed in a tweet that the kids had not seen their biological father in almost two years.
It appears the kids embraced the change as well, and already informally took the ‘Brown’ surname. Robyn had already highlighted in the past that her kids were mistreated as well by their father during their time together; this may explain why three of them were in on the adoption process along with their mom.
What Happened to David Jessop?
The last time David Preston Jessop made the news was in 2018 when he was arrested for assault on a family member, causing injury. This was on January 12. He was released four days later on January 16, 2018.
David pleaded not guilty to the charge, and it was later graded down to disorderly conduct in August of that year. He was then ordered to pay fines.
Where is David Jessop Now?
David Preston Jessop currently lives a low profile life off the grid in Montana. It isn’t known if he got into a new relationship or got married to anyone again since his divorce about 15 years ago. He has no traceable social media profile on any of the platforms and is no longer a part of the Apostolic United Brethren (AUB) church that the ‘Sister Wives’ attend.
Meanwhile, his ex-wife Robyn Brown is now married to Kody Brown. Robyn’s current husband, Kody Brown, was born on January 17, 1969. He is the patriarch of the Brown family televised on TLC’s Sister Wives. Robyn and Kody met in the summer of 2009 at a party, while Robyn was with her friend, Meri Barber (Kody’s first wife). They started communicating from then on.
The attraction that bloomed between them shortly led to their marriage ceremony on May 22, 2010. Their marriage couldn’t be legal until 2014 when Kody and Meri Brown officially got divorced in September while remaining ‘spiritually married’. This enabled Kody and Robyn to be legally wedded and allowed for the adoption of Robyn’s three kids.
Robyn has given birth to two other kids with Kody: Ariella and Solomon Brown. This means she has five altogether, among a large number of 18 children from Kody’s four wives.
Robyn Brown’s Husband and Ex-husband are Related
David Jessop and Kody Brown are actually related. They even seem to have a semblance. David Jessop and Kody Brown are third cousins. This means Kody is technically related to his three adopted kids by blood.
David is also related to two of Kody’s wives, Meri and Christine Brown. He is first cousins with Christine and related to Meri through one of his stepmothers.