Sue Aikens is best known for her work in the TV series, Life Below Zero. The sole resident of the Kavik River Camp, Sue has been a staple of the series and has made regular appearances ever since the series began in 2013. Since then, Sue has featured in 13 seasons and continues to be one of the most celebrated cast members of the series. While Sue reached worldwide fame following her appearance in the series, she has had a fair share of hiccups on the way. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Sue Aikens.
Early Life of Sue Aikens:
Sue Aikens was born on the 1st of July, 1963, in Chicago. When her mother decided to split from her father, she took Sue with her and settled in a village 80km north of Fairbanks. However, her mother left Sue to her own devices and fled from Alaska. At 12 years of age, Sue began an uphill battle and started fending for herself. Talking about her early sorrows Sue revealed,
“When you’re by yourself, you just have to do things for yourself. I had a period of feeling sorry for myself, but I got over it and decided to see it as an adventure instead. And like we all do, I assess the environment and work within it.”
Struggles Along the way:
After a homesteader handed Sue with a hun and a few bullets, she quickly learned how to shoot. Right from a young age, Sue learned to differentiate between the animals that were her friends and the animals that she had to kill to survive.
“When I made my first kill and fashioned myself some clothes and ate, I was sad, but also hungry and cold. Animals were my friends, but they had to also become my food, and I had to quickly learn to separate the two.”
Finding her way:
After graduating from Lowell Whitman High School, Sue continued her life in Alaska and had been living on her own for years. Sometime around early 2010, a friend of hers contacted Sue and asked if she would be willing to take care of the Kavitk Camp for him. She agreed and moved to the camp and has been living there ever since.
Life Before Zero and fame:
While still at Kavitk Camp, Sue was contacted by executive producers of a series that highlighted the airplanes she used in logistics. After the same producers were handed the reins of Life Before Zero, they contacted Sue to star in the series and she agreed. Since then, Sue has made an appearance in 13 seasons of the series and remains one of the major cast members. While Sue has enjoyed the fame that came with the series, she does find it intrusive.
Personal Life of Sue Aikens:
As far as her personal life goes, Sue married three times but failed in all of her marriages. While two of her husbands died, the third left her for someone else. Her first husband died of a brain tumor. while her second husband Eddie James Aikens passed away in 2009 whom she gave divorce in 2004. The couple were married for almost 17 years having two children. She has two grandchildren too.
Apart from her work on the show, Sue rarely makes a public appearance. It is believed that Sue is currently juggling a long-distance relationship with Michael Heinrich. She shared a post on Instagram saying,
“You have to stop and make time to give a moment to your sweetie. Long distances can be tough, but we both make it work. Love you sweetie.”
Accidents and lawsuits:
Living in the wilderness comes with its fair share of accidents. In 2007, Sue was mauled by a grizzly bear and had to sew her head on her own. She laid in the same condition for 10 days before a pilot found her and flew her to the lower world for surgery.
In 2015, Sue was also involved in a heavy accident concerning a snowmobile. The accident occurred after Sue attempted to cross a frozen lake without much protection. After the accident, Sue filed a case against BBC Worldwide Reality Productions claiming that a producer wanted her to drive a snow machine into the overflow. The lawsuit claims that while Sue resisted against the stunt, the producer forced her into it and even decided against calling an air taxi to get more footage. The further treatment of the lawsuit was never revealed to the media.