Although the hit A&E series Duck Dynasty has been popular with many viewers, it hasn't been without its fair share of controversy. In fact, despite appearing to be a healthy family unit on the surface, the Robertson clan actually has more than one secret lurking in their past. From drug abuse to marital issues, here are a few things the Robertson recently opened up about on the heels of the show's newest season.
According to Radar Online, the eldest son of the family, Al, had a rather difficult childhood. These childhood problems apparently stemmed from Phil's alcoholism, which led to Al being abused by his father. "I did get spanked on a regular basis," Al revealed.
"As a young boy I had seen people having sex behind the bar," Al stated. "I became sexually active for the first time... and that put me on a dangerous path that would not end for years."
This type of lifestyle had a profound effect on Al's future wife, Lisa, who started dating Al in high school. "I basically went from a 'good girl' to a wild child in a matter of a few months," she explained.
Eventually, the two's relationship hit a low point after Al was caught cheating with a married woman in New Orleans. This led to Lisa "having sex with anyone available," and also to an abortion. "I had no idea what I was doing and never thought about the consequences of my decision," she said.
Although the couple would later marry, their problems with cheating continued to surface. Even still, Al and Lisa have managed to work through their problems. "Lisa and I no longer keep secrets in our marriage," he shared. "The results of that one decision … have been amazing."
Meanwhile, according to Wet Paint, Phil's problems with alcohol abuse was something that almost tore apart his marriage with Kay. In fact, in the '70s, Phil's bout with alcoholism reached an all-time low after he accused his wife of having an affair and forced her out of the home, including Alan, Jase, and Willie.
However, after three months of separation, Phil did everything in his power to put his family back together. Apparently, Kay taught him about Christianity, which proved to introduce the change Phil needed.
"I was 6 and it was on a school bus and it was an older girl," Jep explained. "Back then the high school students would ride on the same bus as the grade school. There was this girl there that was just real mean... I don't know, but it was a lot of things took place -- scary stuff. It was tough."
Although he admitted that it was a difficult thing to live through, Jep concluded that he has moved on from the traumatic experience. "It's a tough thing to go through, but you just kind of live and go through it and make the most of it."
Speaking of traumatic experiences, Korrie Robertson, Willie's wife, recently opened up about undergoing a secret hysterectomy. "I never dreamed it would be two weeks of getting out of my bed only to move to the recliner," she stated. "We are now able to laugh about the whole incident, which I love. It's okay for your kids to see you vulnerable."
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