Alicia and Tyler Rogers were already parents of two children, now 7 and 8 years old, when they began a romantic relationship with their married couple of friends - Shawn and Taya Hartles.
The two couples from the US moved in together as a polyamorous foursome in 2020, and the following year, Alicia and Taya gave birth to babies seven months apart. Because of this unique arrangement, neither woman knows who the children's biological father is, and they say they will help the children find out. the truth down the road if they ever want - "We wanted to do everything we could to make sure that everyone feels like everyone's parents," says Taya "Right now their genetics won't change anything." The eight-person family currently lives in Lebanon
and has gained a huge following on social media - sharing Regular videos documenting how this unusual set-up works behind closed doors
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The polyamorous foursome (photo: screenshot, Instagram)
"We didn't intend to fall in love... but here we are," the four explained, "when we met, we were looking for something simple and physical, but when we all got to know each other a little, we just started falling in love."
In one of the videos, the men explained that they switch beds every other night, and are not in a relationship with each other - only with the women, and in another video the foursome shared their unusual sleeping arrangements.
The group identifies itself as a "closed square," meaning they "do not usually have relationships outside of the square," and describes their dynamic as quite normal: "We have two master bedrooms at opposite ends of the house," they said, and the men move between rooms every night. "
Some followers described the situation as "confusing", while others thought it sounded rather ideal.
The open couples are not immune to hard feelings in their four-way relationship and have been open about their shared struggles.
"In the beginning, before we established trust, we had some issues with jealousy," they explained in one Instagram post.
"But we all join forces to support those who need it, what's more, there are four different people with four different strengths when it comes to meeting needs, and that can really help in some cases."
Despite amassing a following of 120,000 on TikTok and another 30,000 on Instagram, the foursome admit they also receive nasty comments about their unconventional relationship.
The four have been accused of being "bad parents" by some, although they say the children have been very comfortable with the change in their family dynamic.
Two married couples for everyone (photo: screenshot, Instagram)
"Our children already knew that we were dating Shawn and Taya," said Alicia. "We told them: 'Mom has a boyfriend and dad has a girlfriend and we are going to move in together. And we are all going to be a big family.'
The four revealed that in the past they encountered a difficult attitude from some close friends and family members, but most of their inner circle supported their decision.
"A lot of people don't really understand polyamory and think it's deviant or immoral in some way. It's true that it wasn't always easy - it took me a while to admit that I had feelings for someone else - and we definitely get jealous sometimes, but now it's so natural to all of us and I feel really Grateful to have several partners to raise children with," she said.
"Why wouldn't I want more love and support and more hands around? It's a messy, hectic, crazy, and wonderful life and I can't think of anything better."
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