Ethan And Olivia Plath Reveal The Strict Rules They Had To Follow Before Marriage

Ethan and Olivia Plath are working hard to establish a happy life for themselves outside the control of his overbearing parents. Throughout the first season of Welcome to Plathville, Ethan fought for his folks' approval, appealing to them to accept Olivia for who she is and to just be glad he'd found the woman he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. Unfortunately, Olivia's more lax approach to her faith rubbed them the wrong way, ultimately causing a massive divide in the family.

Season 2 showcases how estranged they actually are, with Ethan and Olivia refusing to even speak to his parents anymore. As a result, the happy couple is freer to open up about what life was actually like under the Plath thumb, especially if it means helping his teenage siblings Micah and Moriah, who are eager to find their own independence. In particular, Ethan and Olivia revealed the reason why they decided to tie the knot so young and it's more practical than you'd think.

The budding couple was barely even allowed to speak to each other

The older Plath kids joined forces to celebrate their first ever Fourth of July at Ethan and Olivia's house, after the couple decided to help Micah and Moriah experience yet another holiday that was kept from them growing up. While chatting in their garden after a low-key fireworks display, Olivia confessed that she doesn't want the younger kids to make the same mistakes they did. The Welcome to Plathville fan fave explained to producers that her parents and in-laws controlled her dating life with Ethan. Commiserating around the fire, Micah listed how the Plath kids aren't allowed kiss, touch, or have sex before marriage. "Practically no looking before marriage," Olivia added.

Ethan shared a story of how Kim caught him kissing Olivia on the cheek when they were first going out and chastised him, "You were, like, THIS close to her lips." Moriah deadpanned, "No feelings before marriage," making the whole group laugh. Olivia went on to clarify that part of the reason why she and Ethan decided to tie the knot when they were barely in their twenties was because "we were so tired of all the restrictions." She recalled how they couldn't text until they were engaged and were only allowed speak on the phone for one hour every three months. "It was really stupid," she noted. Sick of it all, they decided to take matters into their own hands and, clearly, it really paid off for them.