The Browns of Alaskan Bush People have been documenting their eccentric "wilderness" lifestyle for seven seasons now. However, fans have started questioning how honest the family is with depicting their lives. Do the Browns really live in isolation in the middle of Alaska, or is the entire show fake?
The family, who live out in an isolated part of the state, are known to shun modern society in preference for a simple life in "the bush." But according to several sources, including locals who know the family and fans with savvy investigation skills, some pretty surprising lies have been uncovered about the Browns and their story. The video below takes you through four facts that might make you see the show in a whole new light.
If the facts in the video surprised you and made you a skeptic, there are actually even more receipts that the Brown family might be a lot more different than how they're portrayed. From jail time to fraud, there are a lot of reasons why fans would think the family is faking for TV. Below is a quick rundown of the most damning evidence against the family.
They were sentenced to jail once.
Back in 2016, Billy and his son Bam Bam spent 30 days in jail for lying on their Permanent Fund dividend applications that said they were living in Alaska when actually they were not. And that wasn't their first run-in with the law. In 2014, they were charged with 24 counts of unsworn falsification and theft for, once again, lying about living in Alaska in order to get government checks. Since the charge, the family has said it was a misunderstanding, but many fans have come forward to reveal that they've spotted the Browns staying in rentals in Los Angeles and Colorado in between tapings of the show.
The Browns possibly didn't build their Browntown cabin.
According to Billy, the family's cabin was built with his "bare hands," but once the cabin burned down, the family lost everything. However, according to commenters on Facebook, the Browns' new cabin was built by locals, not the family. "They are portraying themselves as something that they are not," the source wrote. "They do not live in the bush – they only go there to film scenes. They have been living in Hoonah with the Discovery crew. Locals are building their cabin.”
The family lives in a lodge in-between tapings.
Out of all the behind-the-scenes secrets revealed in the video, probably the most damning is the revelation that the bush family stays in cushy lodgings when they're not filming. According to Radar, locals in Hoonah, AK have spotted the family at Icy Strait Lodge. The family is so comfortable there, oldest son Matt Brown is often seen hanging out at the lodging's bar. “Matt is very good with the ladies, charming and funny. A natural flirt,” a source told Radar. “He holds nothing back when trying to get up a girl’s skirt. He even has memorized pick up lines!”
Where the Browns are living now.
And today, the family has updated their living arrangements yet again. When news broke that Ami Brown had lung cancer, the family left their homestead in Alaska earlier this year to help her with her treatment. The family is now living in a million-dollar mansion in L.A. Most of the Brown family have also started being active on social media since they're no longer in "the bush." In fact, Gabe Brown recently said he wants to "quit" social media. Sounds like they're becoming modern people already!
Billy Brown has denied the show is "fake."
“What can you say to people like that?” Brown told Radar Online. “We call them ‘bobs in the basement.’ That’s just what we call the people who sit behind the computers and don’t have a life. I actually feel sorry for those people when they don’t have anything else to do.”