Given that Discovery’s The Alaskan Bush People has been on the air for 11 seasons, it’s understandable that some fans find it hard to imagine what life is like for the Brown family outside of reality TV. That’s because we’ve seen parents Ami and Billy Brown, along with their seven children, through almost everything on the small screen. From Ami’s cancer diagnosis in 2017 to family alienation, the Brown clan hasn’t been shy to let fans into their lives, no matter the cost.
But like any other reality TV family out there, the Browns have a life outside the show. Just ask your brother or sister Noah Brown, who has experienced some significant life changes in recent years, or Rain Brown, who has struggled with difficult problems of his own. Not every personal problem or development has come on air, and some viewers may be surprised to find out what the Alaskan Bush People family is doing when filming stops. Ready to peel off the layers of this controversial family? Let’s take a look.
Life is not all fun and games
Sometimes it can be easy to forget that reality stars are also people, even if they have problems just like the rest of us. Take Rain Brown, for example, who talked about depression in October 2017. “I couldn’t figure out a reason, it bothered me so much, I lost any need to be healthy or motivational, I was just a peel,” she wrote on Instagram about unexplained pains, which can be symptoms of depression. It just shows that you never know what someone is privately dealing with when the cameras stop rolling, and it’s nice to see how the sibling uses her platform to spread awareness on this important subject.
Speaking of using the platform, Matt Brown launched a YouTube channel outside the show in January 2019. It is not entirely clear what the channel plans to promote, but it seems to follow Matt’s journey after completing rehabilitation in early 2019 for addiction problems. In one video, for example, he discusses having his teeth repaired to help with his self-confidence, because the appearance of his mouth was a source of shame. He ended the September 2019 clip with a message to fans who wrote: “Never give up, never surrender”. The reality star also shares inspirational messages to his personal Instagram account, which can be useful for fans who are experiencing something similar.
Even if Rain and Matt aren’t always comfortable sharing their personal struggles in the show, it’s nice to know they’re not shy to use their voices when they’re not on TV. Keep it up, guys!
The Brown family keeps growing
Apart from reality television, the Browns are mainly focused on one thing – family. Someone who fits this bill perfectly is Noah Brown, who, pictured above, welcomed his first child with wife, Rhain Brown, in February 2019. And about four months after their son was born, a report turned up on their plans for more children in the near future. “They really want their children to be close to age so that they can grow up together, like Noah and his brothers and sisters,” a source said to Radar Online.
Noah is not the only one who is expanding their brood. In July 2019, Gabe Brown and his wife, Raquell Brown, announced that they were expecting their first child. “God has blessed us in so many ways and we can’t wait to meet our little one this fall,” they said to the people in a joint statement. The two shared the news only seven months after they had quietly tied the knot at a ceremony in January 2019.
Gabe and Raquell did not confirm the birth of their baby at the time of writing (the official expiration date was November 10, 2019), so it’s pretty clear they’re enjoying their privacy. And this seems to be the case for many of the older siblings now that they are growing their families out of the limelight.