For a long time now, there has been an ongoing debate among fans about the reality of the Brown family featured in the Alaskan Bush People.  Last week, we highlighted the fans’ doubts on the bushiness of the family. However, there is a recent update that may come as a shocking blow to many as the revelation has some heartbreaking truth attached to it.

Here are some lesser known facts about the Alaskan Bush People.

How Billy and Ami’s story began:

Billy lost his parents and sister at the age of 16. He was a native of a Fort Worth suburb in Texas.  The traumatic experience shattered the young Billy, who was previously living an affluent life.

Ami was also a Texas resident. She fell in love with Billy and married him in 1979. However, the initial four years of their married life were full of explorations until they bumped into the Alaskan wilderness in 1983. The young pair realized that they were looking for something other than a life in the suburbs. The Alaskan wilds then became their home.

Inception of the WolfPack:

Young Billy and Ami Brown started to learn the survival strategy in an environment that is completely different from their urban lifestyle. Their infant sons Matt, 3, and Joshua, 1, also became part of that learning.  After 18 months, the Brown family mastered the skills and grew to what Alaskan Bush People fans know as the Wolfpack. Alongside their parents, today, the family’s seven children including Matt, 33, Joshua, 31, Bear, 28, Gabe, 25, Noah, 23, Snowbird, 21, and  Rain, 12,  share with viewers how the life is in the wild.

Billy’s Story on his books:

Long before the Alaskan Bush People TV reality, Billy Brown had garnered a swathe of fans through his book called One Wave at a Time in 2007.  The book shared his traumatic experiences in his young life after he lost his parents.  It also shed light on his feelings as husband and a new dad. Billy also described the challenges of surviving in the Alaskan wilderness.  Due to its realistic approach, the book became a hit. Many readers contacted Billy and praised his struggle. It was a major break for the family, which improved their financial condition drastically.

The success of his first book drove Billy Brown to go ahead with his second book named The Lost Years in 2009. However, it was not as successful as his first book. When Billy was approached by Discovery Channel to turn his life into a reality TV series, there was no hesitation for the Brown family paterfamilias.

Bushy people’s wealth addiction:

This part of the Alaskan Bush People made the world wonder about their genuineness.  When money comes in at the door, innocence and simplicity fly out the window. This is exactly what happened here. Even though the channel compensated the family with a hefty amount, Billy’s need for money could not be tamped down. When Alaskan residents received funds for their oil pipeline, the Brown family claimed part of their share even though they actually were not residing in Alaska between 2009 and 2012. Undoubtedly, Billy Brown’s definition of home has changed in the last 33 years.

Matt’s confession:

Matt Brown has been through a lot because of his addiction.  He has spent 35 days of rehab and now it’s time for his homecoming.   The young felowa expressed in his heartbreaking interview with People, “ In life, we all get lost every now and then and have to find our way back.” Has he gotten his inspiration from his dad? Billy’s book (2007) described his life in Alaska was a way of running away “from the emptiness left by his childhood loss.”

Do you think these new revelations  have opened a new side to this bushy family? Share your views on Alaskan Bush People in the comment box below.