The Furtick Quadruplets Return
The Furtick quads had become familiar faces to many Americans thanks to appearances in commercials for companies like Wendy's, Levi's Jeans and Nationwide Insurance. Over the years, they've grown from young boys with their own secret language to pre-teens teasing each other about girls to college freshmen, separated for the first time.
Watch the Furtick quads talk about their lives today
Jason, who goes to school in Ohio, says being away from his brothers, who all live in New York City, can be lonely. "There isn't a day that goes by that I don’t question my decision. But, essentially, I had to do it for me, and they understand that," he says. "Growing up with them, it was always difficult for us to actually create an identity."
"We all want to have a sense of individuality," Kevin says. "Every opportunity we get, we want people to recognize us as individuals."
The first step towards individuality? They stopped dressing alike, Jason says. As they've grown up, they've also tried to distinguish themselves by pursuing different interests.
"We completely acknowledge and accept and are grateful for the fact that we are quadruplets, and we understand it's a miracle and it's a blessing," Keith says. "But at the same time, we're 20 years old. We have to eventually become individuals, and still support each other at the same time."
Though they may opt for English these days, Victor says they are still able to communicate without others catching on. "We can have a conversation without opening our mouths," he says. "I'll give Jason a look, and he'll know what I'm saying."
One thing they say that anyone can understand is "I love you." Jason says the brothers' affection for each other often surprises people. "When we're around our friends who don't necessarily do that, they don't understand our bond," he says. "I've had people ask me 'Did you really just tell your brother you love him?' ... Anyone close to us knows how much we love each other and how much we care for each other, so we have no problem saying that in front of people."
Kevin says he and his brothers are all aware of how lucky they've been.
"We feel grateful that we had both of our parents," he says. "A lot of our friends don't have both of their parents in their lives, and I think a major contribution to our success thus far in life has come from the fact that we have a father and a mother."
"We have a party and all our friends look forward to it," Victor says. "If you know all four of us, you're automatically getting an invite, so it's a big deal when we have a birthday."
In June 2011, the boys will celebrate their 21st birthday with a big blowout, they say. "We're starting the planning now," Keith says.
"We're talking to our father already [about the party]," Jason says. "Watch out!"