Sue Aikens' Personal Life — Boyfriend, Husband of 17 Years and Children
Susan Aikens, popularly known as Sue Aikens, is a reality television star known for featuring in National Geographic’s reality TV show, Life Below Zero, since 2013. She is also the founder of Kavik River Camp, which she purchased in 2002.
Aikens has been making headlines with her lovey-dovey posts on social media, and people are already curious to know whether her new boyfriend is her husband.
Who Is Sue Aikens’s Current Boyfriend?
The 57-year-old reality star is dating a New York native named Michael Heinrich.
His Facebook says he works as a journeyman electrician for Local #3 IBEW, which is based in Flushing, New York.
She Calls Him 'Sweetie'
Aikens is pretty open about her relationship with Heinrich and her Instagram is peppered with photos of him.
In one instance on July 26, 2020, she took to Instagram to share a series of adorable pictures. In the caption, she called Heinrich a sweetie and suggested one has to make time for their loved ones.
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," she wrote, confirming their relationship.
Just like Aikens, her boyfriend is also open about their relationship on Facebook. His profile hints they have been in touch since July 2018 — she has been regularly commenting on his pictures on Facebook since then.
Is Aikens Already Married to Heinrich?
Although the couple is head over heels in love, there is nothing in their social media that hints at marriage.
They are currently in a long-distance relationship. Aikens lives in Alaska, where she handles her own Kavik River Camp and stars in Life Below Zero, whereas Henrich lives in New York, considering his employment info on Facebook.
Aikens Has Been Married Thrice
Aikens has been married thrice in the past, reports The Cinemaholic.
The television star's first husband reportedly passed away because of a brain tumor. After that, she was married to her second husband, Eddie James, for over 15 years.
Her marriage with James ended in 2004 after he passed away. She had two children — a son and a daughter — with her second husband.
She then married her third husband; however, he allegedly separated with Aikens to be with a younger woman.
Aikens Stayed in Oregon during Her Marriage with Second Husband
The Kavik River Camp founder previously lived with her second husband in Oregan before moving to Alaska. Talking to Straits Times in February 2016, Aikens explained her motivation to live in the isolated environment accepting the wilderness Alaska had to offer.
"I am born an explorer and an adventurer, so the city life and its people were always difficult for me," she said.
"And I loved and had a keen sense of belonging with the animals, so if I had not moved to Alaska, I would probably still try to find a way to get close to nature."
She further expressed that she had learned to accept the nature of life.
And you get what you get in life, so you either accept it or grow and change it to suit your needs. I've never been upset with my mother or others for how my life turned out. It has made me who I am and I like me very much.
The interview also disclosed that Aikens' two children were aged 28 and 32 at the time, and both of them had their own families.
Aikens' Son Got Married in 2016
Posting a snap that featured her son and herself in a joyful mood, Aikens wrote, "I slipped the collar last week to see my Son wed his girl." She congratulated the newlywed via the tweet post and humorously joked, proclaiming, "You can't take the Idgie out of this tomato..."
I slipped the collar last week to see my Son wed his girl. Congrats to them both, yay!! You cant take the Idgie out of this tomato :) pic.twitter.com/F67UsHq2BU — Sue Aikens (@SueAikens) October 2, 2016
Aikens Is a Grandmother Now
One of her children blessed Aikens with a grandchild in January 2020. In a January 2020 Instagram post, she announced the birth of her grandbaby.
The post featured the good news along with multiple pictures of close family and friends attending the special moment.
However, the birth of the newborn was not Aikens' first experience of being a grandmother.
Answering a comment made by a user in her Twitter replies in 2015, she revealed that she had "grandkids" from her daughter previously.