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Noah Brown has his own priorities — he’s about to get married.
So why, fans wonder, did he write a lengthy post slamming Rain Brown, his 15-year-old sister?
“My birthday is the 18th of July and it really has been making me think a lot about everything,” Noah wrote on Instagram.
He is in a contemplative mood, which is fine.
“I am turning 26 and the following month I am getting married to the girl of my dreams,” Noah continues. “Rhain Merrill (soon to be Rhain Brown)”
Noah writes: “We will soon be our own Family, and although there are trials and tribulations and a tone of stress I could not be happier with the way my adult life is turning out.”
Feeling hyped about marriage is also fine.
“I have been doing a lot of reflecting on my adulthood and reminiscing of childhood.”
Reminiscing is fine. What’s not fine is what he has to say about his youngest sibling.
“Like a kid would say I am a ‘grown-up,'” Noah says. “And I cannot help but admire my littlest sister Kathryn Raindrop’s youthful innocence of a pre-teen.”
Obviously, Rain is not a preteen. She’s 15, dude. But that’s just the tip of the awkward iceberg.
“When you are a child like little Raindrop, you do not have to think about what you are going to eat for dinner or worry about paying bills,” Noah writes.
That’s a super condescending way to talk about his sister.
Noah explains: “because your parents do everything for you and you cannot yet take care of yourself.”
That’s arguably true, but then it gets worse.
“Young Raindrop spends her days cuddling Bunnies and playing with her dolls not knowing about the stressful lives of the adults around her,” Noah claims.
That is quite the characterization.
“Oh the metabolism of a pre-teen like little Raindrop,” Noah says. “She can eat whatever she wants and never gain a pound, she just stays her tiny self (that I am envious of).”
Pro-tip for being on the internet: unless you are her doctor, please don’t talk about any 15-year-old girl’s body. Uh, especially your sister’s.
Also, for the record, Rain Brown exercises to keep her figure. She’s not just coasting on her metabolism.
“I am an adult now I am getting married in 46 days and my parents do not make my dinner or give me a place to live,” Noah says.
While having a place to live is nice, it would be weirder if Noah’s parents were making him dinner. Even if he lived with them, which he does not.
“I am the head of my own household,” Noah says, which is also creepy. “And the family that Rhain and I are starting will look to me for advice and guidance.”
“My first priority will now always be my new family and my loyalty is to my soon to be wife and my future children,” Noah writes.
See, talking about being a responsible parent is great! He should have gone right to that and skipped the weird stuff about metabolisms and preteens.
“it is my job to take care of my new family and it will be an honor to do my best for them,” Noah says.
Good for him.
“I am unbelievably ecstatic with where I am in my life,” Noah says. “But Rainy girl stay small and please do not rush to grow up enjoy your childhood as long as you can.”
She’s in her adolescence, not childhood. Again, she is a minor and people should respect that, but she’s not a little kid. Don’t talk down to her like she’s 8.
“The world will wait for you,” Noah advises. “Just take your time and have fun, because being a kid is just as important as becoming an adult.”
“As the saying goes,” Noah concludes. “:You will grow up sooner then you think.”
We don’t know what spurned this aside from his looming wedding date.
Perhaps Rain was talking about a crush — Rain has spoken about love before, which is very age-appropriate.
(Some would say that your teens are the only age when it’s appropriate to be gushing vaguely online about an unnamed crush)
Did Noah hear some of this, or perhaps some of her frustrations at her limited freedoms as a teen, and panic at his little sister growing up?
Or was this an attempt to make himself sound more mature than he actually is as his wedding date looms ahead?
Either way, Rain is fifteen. She is a teenager. If you’re 11 or 12, you’re a preteen. If you’re 13 through 19, you’re a teenager. Words mean things, my dude.
Noah’s words, apparently throwing Rain under the bus to make himself sound more grown up, are a far cry from his word of warning last December.
“Some people feel the need to try and say mean, insulting, and down right hateful things to a 15 year old girl that is opening up to everyone in such a difficult time just to make them feel better about themselves,” Noah lamented late last year.
Rain has become her family’s de facto spokesperson because of her frequent social media use, but it has exposed her to some real creeps.
“So if you do not like it, then do not follow it, if you do not want see it, then do not look at it, if you do not want to hear it, then do not listen,” Noah says.
Noah instructed: “If you have nothing nice to say, then do not say anything at all.”
That’s good advice in general, if not always. But please don’t harass minors on the internet. Be nice. Be an adult.
“Recently,” Noah’s December post continued. “My little sister Rainy has gotten discouraged because of some things that some mean people have said.”
People love to target the most vulnerable people on social media just to elicit a reaction and feel powerful.
“So if you like Rainy’s Instagram then let’s show her just how many people enjoy when she posts,” Noah asks. “So please everyone flood her message box with kind and generous words of encouragement.”
Words of encouragement, fun fact, are the opposite of infantalizing your sister to make yourself sound more wizened.
Noah concluded: “And let’s show her that there are more people that love her then there are that are dislike her.”
Good advice. We wish that Noah would follow it.
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For a while now, the 15-year-old has acted as her family’s unofficial spokesperson. But her latest post has nothing to do with her family’s show — in fact, it’s very personal.
Has Rain Brown found her first love?
Rain shared this happy post on Instagram, and wrote her revealing caption:
“Sometimes all it takes is one special person and suddenly the world doesn’t seem so bad anymore.”
Rain followed those words with a tasteful black heart emoji.
Alaskan Bush People fans took to the comment to express … mixed responses.
But plenty were excited to see Rain appear to have found love.
One fan wrote in some unsolicited advice.
“Oh Rainy!!! So happy for you!!! First loves are the BEST. Just remember, ENJOY IT, take your time with it, embrace the experience. FUN FUN FUN ALSO!!!”
Another chimed in with more cautionary words.
“If it is your first love be careful and cautious because they can in the long run hurt the most”
Rain is 15, and a lot of people remember heartache from that age.
“Rainy, don’t get too serious about one person yet. You’re so very young and life has many places to go in it. There’s many people to meet yet.”
Then, however, the subject of Rain’s gay rumors came up.
First, a commenter responded to what appears to be news of Rain being in love, writing:
“Sounds like rain found a boyfriend!”
Another pointed out that her vague, alleged love interest needn’t be a boy.
“Or a girlfriend.”
To be clear, while rumors aren’t appropriate, reminding someone that girls exist is not the same as rumor-mongering.
One of the very first comment that Rain received on this post was a very blunt question that is seldom appropriate.
“Are you gay?”
This is much more confrontational and hardly appropriate in any circumstances, least of all when it’s directed at a 15-year-old.
For the record, Rain is a big believer in equality but says that she’s straight. Please be nice to her.
Rain is accustomed to playing third wheel, but perhaps it will soon be another sibling’s turn to feel left out by her romantic adventures?
However, some of the commenters were less interested in Rain’s romantic life.
One person decided that Rain only showing one eye in her photo was a secret sign that she’s part of a worldwide conspiracy.
“Illuminati sellout. One eye symbol. POS.. you’re just like the rest of them rain.”
We wish that we could be sure that this person was joking. There really are people who believe that the Illuminati are real. The internet is wild.
Another person had a very different yet nonetheless interesting comment:
“I’m so happy that you can recognize this already. It’s amazing the impact one single person can make on someone’s life with one brief glance, conversation or action.”
That started off normal, but keep reading:
“Sometimes I wonder if some of those ‘people’ I’ve encountered were actually guardian angels (messengers) sent by God or just regular people guided by divine intervention. In many parts of my life there is no other explanation for it and I feel undeservedly blessed.”
That one, at least, was very positive and affirming. Having beliefs like that is fine, but it’s odd that this person chose to share them with Rain like that.
Rain was super vague and she hasn’t followed up that caption with specifics.
But she’s talked about crushes in the past, and not just about her crush on Once Upon A Time actor Colin O’Donoghue
She’d made vague posts in the past:
“And you sir, you’re very attractive. Therefore, I will stare at you.”
She’s spoken about crushes.
“You stare, you dream, but you never have the courage to do anything about it, anyone can have a crush on anyone, in fact, it’s so common that it’s a cliche.”
She’s even talked about how past crushes have shaped her life.
“I told him (through text heehee) that I liked him. He was very sweet and understanding and it turned out that that scary monster of a crush actually made me who I am today.”
Each of her Instagram followers has seen the effects of that particular crush.
“He was the reason I found quotes and because of it I wanted to help others who had gone through what I had, the moral of the story is to never be afraid and that it’s never too late to face your fears.”
Does Rain have a boyfriend (or girlfriend)? We sure don’t know. This may just be another crush who might have no idea.
But she is 15 and that’s her business. She’ll share that information with fans and followers if and when she’s ready.
In January, Alaskan Bush People star Ami Brown revealed the news about her cancer: it’s in remission! Though the Brown family matriarch will need to stay on her guard, right now she’s focused on recovery.
But not all news in the Brown family is good news. Just recently, Ami’s young daughter posted about feeling “broken.”
Now, Rain is posting about one particular “hard day.” Is everything okay?
Though this tough mother is now cancer-free, Ami Brown’s lung cancer diagnosis was dire.
Initially, she was given only a slim chance to live. The cancer was not caught early, and had metastasized to both lungs as well as to her spine.
The fact that Ami has beaten the odds and recovered is defined by some as a Christmas miracle.
We should note that the good news came before Thanksgiving, however, and that Ami also suffered a number of health setbacks along the way, in part due to the intensity of her radiation and chemo treatments.
Ami Brown is a tough woman, though, and she pulled through.
It’s safe to say that the Brown family has a lot to celebrate. The family’s youngest, 15-year-old Rain Brown, posted this:
“A tiny rainbow appeared on my roof today. And disappeared as quickly as it came.”
She shared a photo of the rainbow — it’s on her ceiling, not her roof, just so that we’re clear. That photo is below.
“I just wanted to share this cute little thing that happened to me on a hard day.”
What, fans and followers cannot help but wonder, has made her day so terribly hard?
She then shares some words of wisdom.
“‘Every day might not be good, but there is something good in everyday.'”
Remember, however, that Rain Brown suffers from depression.
She’s opened up about it in the past, and this “rainbow” post isn’t the first time that she’s offered hope to people who share her struggle. Recently, Rain wrote:
“To everyone out there who feels broken … someday you will be immensely happy eating ice cream on the floor alone at six in the morning.”
That example was so specific that it was … definitely what she was doing at the time.
“Yes it can happen to you too.”
A lot of people say it can happen to you ominously, but she means it in a hopeful sense. Depression can make happiness seem impossible, but it isn’t.
“Someday you’re gonna go through something only to realize it doesn’t hurt anymore, not in a numb kind of way, but in a happy strong kind of way.”
She offers advice.
“Stay true to yourself and to God and that’s all you’ll ever need.”
That might be a little specific, religion-wise, but everybody gets the idea.
“It may not seem like it now, but eventually you will be exactly where I am.”
By which she means feeling happiness again despite depression’s attempts to rob her of all joy.
“This is just a reminder that happiness is real, it’s a beacon of hope and a glimpse of the light that will soon be in your life.”
She signs off, writing:
“#staystrong my Rainbrows and remember this unicorn loves you!”
Referring to herself as a unicorn is apt, since she’s fond of wearing a a unicorn onesie.
And it’s good to remember that she refers to her fans and followers as rainbows — because, you see, her name is Rain.
It sounds like, though some of Rain’s depression may be chemical in nature, Ami Brown’s recovery may have given her a much-needed infusion of hope.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Ami Brown revealed that her cancer is in remission. It was a long, scary battle, but she’s begun to recover enough that she can go places with her family.
While fans are overjoyed, obviously, no one is happier about Ami’s recovery than the Browns themselves.
Ami’s youngest, Rain Brown, has posted a beautiful tribute to her mother.
Thrilled beyond belief that Ami Brown is finally cancer-free, 15-year-old daughter Rain posted to Instagram to celebrate her mother.
“I would just like to give a very honest thank you to the most amazing woman that’s ever walked this earth.”
She wrote this in the captions of an Instagram photo (above) in which she is embracing her mom.
“Not only am I lucky enough to have met an angel and know an angel, but that angel is my mother.”
“Honestly you inspire me more then anyone, and I’m so blessed to know I have people like you in my life that will support me no matter where I go and how I choose to get there.”
Rain then goes on to praise her mother’s parenting.
“You’ve never judged me or punished me but only taught me with love and with leading by great example.”
That sounds like a fantastic parenting style — one that has worked out beautifully for Rain, who is an incredible and compassionate young woman.
“You’re the reason I am who I am and the reason I keep fighting, because if the sweetest most honest happiest person such as yourself can do it? So can I.”
It’s wonderful that Ami can inspire her young daughter.
If you’re wondering what Rain means by “keep fighting,” remember that Rain Brown suffers from depression.
Rain wrote yet another post, sharing words of encouragement for followers who might feel the same way that she does.
“To everyone out there who feels broken…”
Sadly, a lot of people feel that way.
“Someday you will be immensely happy eating ice cream on the floor alone at six in the morning.”
That’s a very specific example of happiness, but sometimes people with depression begin to forget what joy feels like.
“Yes it can happen to you too.”
Rain speaks to her followers about how perspective can help them to battle their depression symptoms.
“Someday you’re gonna go through something only to realize it doesn’t hurt anymore, not in a numb kind of way, but in a happy strong kind of way, stay true to yourself and to God and that’s all you’ll ever need.”
She wants people who’ve felt depression like she has to know that there’s hope.
“It may not seem like it now, but eventually you will be exactly where I am.”
Like Tarek El Moussa’s hopeful message, Rain’s advice is clearly that people need to remember the good in order to make it through the bad.
“This is just a reminder that happiness is real, it’s a beacon of hope and a glimpse of the light that will soon be in your life #staystrong my Rainbrows and remember this unicorn loves you!”
Rain has become something of an unofficial spokesperson for her family in recent months, thanks to her social media presence.
But you can tell that these sweet messages were from the heart.
A 15-year-old may not seem like the most qualified self-help guru, but she’s not trying to be.
She’s just trying to share her wisdom — yes, teenagers can be wise — with the people who follow her to keep up with her thoughts and her family’s activities.