Canada’s Merlin Blackmore belongs to the world’s largest polygamous household based mostly in Bountiful, British Columbia. His father, 64-year-old Winston Blackmore has 27 wives and 150 kids. After almost 21 years, Merlin, 19, has opened up about the way it feels to stay in an enormous polygamous cult.
Merlin posted on the TikTok [email protected], revealed he used to try to conceal his upbringing and solely lately determined to talk out now. He lives within the US now and mentioned, “’I’ve wished to speak about this for years. Now I’m ready I can, the world goes to know.”
The household was so massive, the kids went to their very own faculty, whereas as an alternative of residing with their moms, the youngsters all lived in a “motel house” collectively.
Merlin and his two brothers – Muray additionally 19 and Warren, 21, have taken to social media platforms to share their story. There have been 27 wives however solely 22 had kids with Winston. Out of these 22, 16 nonetheless stay married to him. The kids have been skilled to name their organic mom “mum.” They referred to as the opposite wives of their father a “mother” adopted by their first title.
In a video on his web page,@warrens.life, older brother Warren Blackmore mentioned: “Typically there would be two mums and their kids per house, one on the top floor and one on the bottom.”
Warren additionally mentioned, “There have been two teams of three completely different sisters and there have been 4 teams of 4 completely different sisters from one other household.”
Merlin considers himself a ‘triplet’ born on the identical day as two different members of the family who’ve completely different moms, whereas Murray had 12 siblings with the identical start yr, all of whom have a reputation starting with the letter “M”.
The household celebrated every member of the family’s birthday like every other however household reunions and thanksgiving events have been an enormous affair, with all the household piling into an enormous corridor.
Merlin and his dad now not have a relationship. In 2017, Winston Blackmore was charged with practising plural or ‘celestial’ marriage within the fundamentalist neighborhood and was sentenced to six-month home arrest.
All three of the brothers have now left the neighborhood, however they proceed to stay on good phrases with their siblings again house.