Reba, 19, recently “spiritually” wed 61-year-old Thom and says despite their 41-year age gap, she knows she’s with the love of her life.
“I’ve always had the thought of being with Thom. I felt safe around him. He was a protector to me, somebody I could look up to,” says Reba, who met Thom when she was 8. WATCH: 61-Year-Old Polygamous Pastor: ‘I Believe Polygamy Benefits My Wives’
She says that a year ago, she reconnected with Thom and they started dating.
“Things got serious between me and Thom. He told me he was married, but it didn’t bother me,” Reba says. “We did talk about how it would be if I was his second wife, being that wife who takes care of your husband, takes care of the house, takes care of the kids.”
Reba says that after dating Thom for two months, he proposed to her twice.
“The first time, I didn’t want to wear the ring because I was afraid of what my mom would say,” Reba says. “A week later, he proposed to me in the toy aisle, when I said yes.”WATCH: Woman Says She Was ‘Elated’ When Husband Took A Second 'Spiritual' Wife
Reba and Thom married on June 17, 2015 in a secret wedding at Thom’s church. Now expecting her first child, Reba says, “When I found out I was pregnant, it was the most exciting thing. It’s very comforting knowing that I’m with the love of my life.”
What does Reba say about whether her family accepts her relationship? What does Thom’s other wife, Belinda, say about her husband marrying another woman? And, hear Dr. Phil’s advice for this family. Watch more from this episode.