The truth about Atz Lee and Jane Kilcher children. Where are they now?

The Discovery TV series “Alaska The Last Frontier” features the Kilcher family, who live a self-sufficient life in the Alaskan wilderness. One of the most popular couples on the show is Atz Lee Kilcher and Jane Kilcher. Atz Lee is a subsistent hunter who often embarks on perilous adventures, while Jane is a former commercial fisherman and a registered nurse who now fishes for the family’s consumption. They grow their own vegetables, hunt animals, and collect fish, earning the admiration of many viewers.

However, their personal life is not as idyllic as their lifestyle. After more than 15 years of marriage, Jane announced their divorce on Facebook in July 2023. She wrote: “Here we go. Atz Lee is divorcing me and it is very unfortunate but I cannot control it. Lost my best friend and it hurts but I guess that is life. It won’t stop me.” She did not disclose the reason for their split, but some fans speculated that it could be related to their different lifestyles or the stress of being on reality TV. Another surprising fact is that Atz Lee and Jane do not have any biological children together. They both have kids from their previous relationships: Etienne and Piper. In this article, we will uncover the truth about their family and why their kids seldom appeared on the show.

Piper and Eitenne Kilcher
Atz Lee Kilcher and Jane Kilcher Kids

Atz Lee Kilcher and Jane Kilcher do not have kids together

Atz Lee and Jane Kilcher have known each other since childhood, but they had to go through different relationships before they found love for each other. Jane was attracted to Atz Lee’s musical talent, as he could sing and play guitar.


Jane Kilcher Daughter Piper
Jane Kilcher’s daughter Piper Kassouni

Atz Lee and Jane were previously married and had children from their ex-partners. Jane has a daughter named Piper with her former husband Dicran Kassouni, and Atz Lee has a son named Etienne with his former partner Nantia Krisintu. However, Atz Lee and Jane have not had any children together, despite being married for a long time.

A quick bio on  Etienne and Piper Kassouni

Piper Isolde Kassouni is the youngest child of Homesteaders. She and her older brother Etienne grew up in Homer, Alaska, where they learned how to live self-sufficiently. They fished, hunted, raised chickens, and grew vegetables. Piper was a swimmer and joined the Kachemak Swim Club in 2013/14. She finished high school in 2020 and Jane Kilcher, her mother, posted her photos on Instagram. Piper is now in college. Etienne was born on May 12, 2001, and is 6 feet 1 inch tall. He played football in his freshmen years at South Anchorage High School, where he graduated in 2019. He has a girlfriend named Paige, who makes him a better person. He wrote a heartfelt message for her on Instagram, saying:

“Forever grateful the universe brought you to me💜 everyday I spend with you, I become a better human. These past 6 months have been better then any dream I could have dreamed. Thank you for pushing me, supporting me and unconditionally loving me. You are my world, my queen, my multiverse.”

Etienne Kilcher Girlfriend
Etienne Kilcher’s Girlfriend Paige

Reason Piper and Etienne Kilcher did not appear on the TV show

The Discovery show “Alaska The Last Frontier” follows the homestead life of the Kilcher family as they work hard to sustain a self-sufficient living in Homer, Alaska. Etienne and Piper are the fourth generation Kilchers after their Swiss great-grandparents Yule Kilcher and Ruth Weber pioneered their way to Homer, Alaska during the tension of the Second World War. So, it only makes sense for Etienne and Piper to follow the legacy and appear in the show. Nonetheless, the children did not first appear on the show and there is reason behind it.

Atz Lee Kilcher and Jane Kilcher Children
Etienne Kilcher and Piper learning the hard way of living with their mother Jane

Like any other normal parents, Jane and Atz Lee wanted to protect them from the internet trolls and the pressures of fame. Jane explained this decision in a Facebook post on January 29, 2018, saying that they were proud of their kids, but preferred to keep their lives private. She added that they might appear on the show in the future if they chose to do so. 

“I’ve been overwhelmed lately of people realizing we have children … that are not on the show… We are so proud of our kids, Piper 14 and Etienne 16, they are not a secret…we just keep their lives private and away from the AWFUL internet trollers ,ETC…but as they get older you may see them (on their own volition ) on an episode or two…. after I have made sure they can deal with all the craziness!!!!”

When Etienne turned 18, Jane gave him the option to join the show, and he agreed. Both Etienne and Piper have been featured in several episodes of Alaska the Last Frontier.

In 2022, Etienne left the homestead to pursue his education at a college in Southern California. This means that he is unlikely to be part of the upcoming seasons of the show.

Etienne Kilcher Wiki/Bio Facts:

Full NameEtienne Kilcher
Date of BirthMay 12, 2002
Place of BirthAlaska, USA
EthnicityMixed (Switzerland, Asia & others)
FatherAtz Lee Kilcher
MotherNantia Krisintu
Step-MotherJane Kilcher
SiblingPiper Kilcher (half-sister)
ProfessionReality TV Star
Net WorthNot Available


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