Alaskan Bush People Star Matt Brown tells fans to ‘never surrender’ as he posts rare selfie
ALASKAN Bush People star Matt Brown has told fans to "never surrender" as he called on followers to "keep staying safe" amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The former reality TV star urged his followers to "never give up", as he posted the rare selfie from inside his car.
Wearing his protective mask alongside a baseball cap, Matt, who has been keeping a low profile since leaving the Discovery channel show, wrote: "Keep staying safe friends! Never give up, never surrender!"
It was a rare post for the reality star, who has been living a quiet life in California since completing six months of combined inpatient and outpatient rehab in January 2019.
He has not appeared on ABP show since season eight, as he was dealing with substance abuse issues during seasons nine and 10.
Matt, who recently posted about "hard times" after being snubbed by his family on National Sibling Day, first went to rehab for alcohol abuse in 2016.
After getting out, he admitted to People: “I could see myself spiraling. I was more withdrawn. I was slower. Things didn’t excite me the way they used to.”
He said he first started drinking steadily aged around 30, when his family's boat broke down.
“I’ve always been able to handle city life, no problem. But I started hanging out with people who drank.
They didn’t have a problem with it so while I was around them, I started drinking," Matt said.
The eldest Brown child went on: “I started drinking lightly and then it got to be more and more. That’s when I saw the problem around the corner, and I didn’t want to be one of those guys.”
His dad Billy said in March last year that Matt had decided to "drop everything and... fix what he hadn't fixed".
He added: "He's fighting a hard road. He has for a long time. We just try to let him know that family’s here
no matter what."
In April, he gave fans an insight into his new life in California, assuring them he was "doing well" and "living good."
Discussing the coronavirus pandemic, he said: "Hey everybody, I just wanted to say hi and let you all know that everything is good out here and I guess really reflect on the fact that the world is kind of weird right now.
"It's kind of like living in a sci-fi film."
He said: "I want to thank everybody for all the well wishes, I am doing well and living good and I hope the same for all of you all. Remember, stay strong, never give up, never surrender. I love you."