The Untold Truth Of The Alaskan Bush People

Alaskan Bush People is about a large family
struggling to live off the land in—you guessed it—Alaska. But the Brown family may not
be struggling as much as you might think. Here’s the real truth about the show…and
the family behind it. BORN RICH Billy Bryan Brown admits in his own writing
that he wasn’t born in Alaska. He claims to have been born into “a world of privilege”
to a Texas limo company president. In his words: “I was given new boats and cars for
my birthdays. I was truly the luckiest kid in town—I had it all—money, clothes, big
ticket toys and a loving family, too.” Sadly, Brown’s parents perished in a plane
crash in 1969, after which Brown says he did odd jobs around Texas and New Mexico to make
ends meet. TEEN BRIDE Radar Online reports that Ami Brown was only
15 years old when she married Billy Bryan Brown in 1979. Billy was 26, accounting for
an 11 year age gap. That’s illegal in most states today. And creepy everywhere, always. PROBABLY RICHER THAN THEY LOOK While the family’s exact net worth is difficult
to determine without examining their tax returns, it’s safe to assume they’re not as poor as
they want us to believe. Why? Well, for one thing, they get paid to be on television,
a deal that’s usually at least kind of lucrative for the participants—no matter what bushes
they like to live in. BILLY BRYAN BROWN: ACCOMPLISHED WRITER The family patriarch has over 70 books under
his belt, one of which, One Wave At A Time, actually inspired the television show. That’s
impressive for someone who, ostensibly, has never used anything beyond candlelight and
fountain pen to write, let alone a typewriter, computer, or the Internet. Speaking of… THE KIDS USE TECHNOLOGY In 2008, Gabriel Brown (wearing a tank top)
posted a YouTube video about his life. He talks about his father’s book tour and a potential
movie deal stemming from One Wave At A Time. He says it’s the first time any of the kids
have been out of the wilderness, “the first time we’ve ever seen a traffic jam,” or eaten
fast food. He says that they’ll post videos for the duration of the tour, which is an
odd activity if they’re not skilled in technology. He ends the video with impersonations of celebrities…the
same celebrities that he’d never have known about if he didn’t have access to television
or the Internet. Huh? THE BROWNS MAY HAVE TO LEAVE THE BUSH Ami Brown suffers from cervical radiculitis,
a form of arthritis in her neck. She told Radar Online, “It’s just something I think
I’m going to have to live with…It limits me on things that I can do that I like to
do and enjoy to do. It definitely makes it harder to live there. It’s sad and true.”
Meanwhile, Billy Bryan Brown’s struggles with seizures have been documented on the show:
if they continue, he’ll have to stop pretending to live like a barbarian for a while and spend
more time closer to hospitals. THEY KNOW HOW TO PARTY Matt Brown was arrested in 2013 for DUI after
what Radar Online describes as a night of some pretty hard partying. He was pulled over
for driving drunk and hitting a parked car in a Walmart parking lot at 4:45 in the morning,
after which he “very animatedly” told his arresting officer about hooking up with a
girl named Julie in a nearby bar. He was sentenced to three days in jail and 18 months of probation.
No word on whether or not Julie ever called him back, though. THEY MIGHT BE FRAUDSTERS Billy Bryan Brown was charged with 24 counts
of unsworn falsification and theft in January 2016, while Radar Online reports that Ami
and sons Solomon and Gabe each were charged with eight counts. Sons Noah and Josh also
faced six counts each. ABC News reports that Brown allegedly lied
on official government applications regarding their Alaskan residency in order to receive
Permanent Fund dividend checks from the state. Billy and son Josh pleaded guilty and were
each sentenced to 30 days in jail. The family was ordered to pay $21,000 in restitution
to the state of Alaska. In an official statement on the case, Billy
Brown said, “Alaska’s dividend program has specific requirements for the length of time
in the state, and the reasons for being out of Alaska. Because of the way we live our
lives and the way we often unconventionally travel, I didn’t keep good track of our movements.
I accept full responsibility for filing for benefits without confirming that we met the
requirements…We are committed to living in Alaska for the long term and we respect
the state’s rules. I thought it best to settle to put this behind us.” Thanks for watching! Subscribe to our YouTube
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