Lisa Robertson is not holding back anything from her fans when it comes to the mistakes and struggles she experienced during her youth. She is known as the wife of the beardless brother on “Duck Dynasty,” and now she has decided to open up and share her past struggles with the world. On Jan. 9, Fox News shared the latest comments made by Alan and Lisa Robertson, and they talk about their new book release.
“A New Season: A Robertson Family Love Story of Brokenness and Redemption” hit store shelves earlier this week, and the couple was quite candid about their troubled teen years and the troubles they had in their own marriage. Both Alan and Lisa had wild teen years. Alan revealed that he was both drinking and using drugs by the time he turned 15. Lisa revealed that she was molested as young girl, and she had an abortion when she was 17. Lisa and Alan did date in junior high and high school, but their relationship ended. It is during that time that Lisa admits to a “freefall.”
The decision to have an abortion is now one that she regrets, but in interviews this week to promote the new book release, there was an interview where she was tricked into saying she was pro-choice, according to CNS News. Robertson did reveal more about her abortion during one interview this week. She said the following:
“Not only was I with one person, I was with many, and I was just looking for the love that I lost with Alan, and I got involved with one of my friends’ cousins, and that kind of sent me down a road of drugs and sex and pregnancy whenever I was not married. Then of course, that led to an abortion, which to this day is something that I truly regret. We have to two daughters, two grown daughters. I could have had three children, and I messed that up. That’s me. That’s all on me. I never wanted Alan to find out about that, because I thought, ‘If he does, he won’t come back, and he won’t take me back,’ so that was, at 16 years old, that was my thinking. That was the way it was going in my head.”
The couple did manage to find their way back to each other, and they have been married for 30 years. However, their relationship has not always been easy. Lisa admitted in their book that she had an affair with an old boyfriend back in 1999. The yearlong affair almost ruined her marriage. Alan’s family told him that he should leave Lisa after she cheated on him. Alan revealed more about that difficult time in the couple’s interview with Us Weekly:
“It was really hard. It was one of the most difficult things our family has ever gone through…What I will say is that once I made the decision that I was in a place where I could forgive Lisa and I wanted our marriage to work, they got on board behind me. It took a little while for each of them in their individual way to work through their issues with Lisa, but they did. And now we’re very close and they’re very close to her.”
This is not the first time Lisa Robertson has shared the intimate details of her past struggles. She opened up about her molestation in another “Duck Dynasty” book released back in April 2014. That book told the stories of the wives behind the men on “Duck Dynasty.” However, this new book with her husband is the first time she has revealed the painful decision she made at 17 to have an abortion. She revealed why she decided to open up about that difficult decision to Us Magazine:
“I thought it was important to include because there are people out there who this has happened to…I had one girl tell me she has cried herself to sleep just about every night for the last 25 years after having an abortion, and nobody else knows about it. She regretted it all this time, but she just can’t seem to find a place of healing from it. So I thought it was a very unique thing for somebody who is in our position to say, “Look, I did this. And you can find healing and comfort from Jesus in it.”
The family on “Duck Dynasty” has been known for their moral lifestyle, but it is clear that even those that try to live their lives one way in the present had to work through tough times in the past to get to where they are now. Lisa Robertson decided to give fans an inside look at her troubled youth. She managed to overcome her past. She is hoping that others can learn from her mistakes.