(NEW YORK POST) After seeing his relatives’ privacy shot to shreds, joining the family flock wasn’t an easy decision for Alan and his wife, Lisa, who’ve been married nearly 29 years. They fret about the effect the show will have on their two daughters, Anna and Alex, as well as their two granddaughters. Alan’s already worried about his 12 nieces and nephews.
“My children are grown, but all of my brothers’ children are teenagers now, so how is this crazy world going to impact them?” Alan says. “We think about John Luke and Sadie, who are such a big part of the show and they’re teenagers, you know? They need to be just normal teenagers. We pray about that.”
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Alan is already traveling on speaking tours with his family — and experiencing the downside of fame. Last week at an event in New Orleans, an overeager fan followed him into the restroom. The man just wanted to ask him questions, but for a second Alan felt threatened. He now warns his security team when he goes off alone — even to the bathroom. And the family has hired armed guards for his teenaged nieces and nephews when they attend church camp and mission trips.