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Reed Robertson admits he had suicidal thoughts

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Duck Dynasty’s Reed Robertson, the eldest son of Jase and Missy Robertson, admitted that the pressures of being on a hit television show changed him, and not necessarily for the better.

In a new film by the Christian group IamSecond, Reed Robertson said: “A couple years ago, I started to get real cynical and looking at everything like <<That’s wrong>>, or <<They are looking at that wrong>> because I thought I had it all figured out.”  

“I guess I got really caught up in thinking that I was better than everyone else because of who my family was.”


The changes in Reed Robertson’s personality caused his friends and loved ones to begin avoiding him. He grew angry and depressed, and after getting snubbed by his pals after church one day, he “finally hit rock bottom.”

“No one wanted anything to do with a cynical person like me,” he said.

“I told my youth minister that I was, I pretty much told him that I wanted to kill myself.”

Reed Robertson, the eldest son of Jase and Missy Robertson, admitted that the pressures of being on a hit television show changed him

Reed Robertson, the eldest son of Jase and Missy Robertson, admitted that the pressures of being on a hit television show changed him

Reed Robertson, now 18, wrote a suicide note, but after speaking with his parents, Jase and Missy Robertson, he had a change of heart.

“My mom was devastated of course. She’s crying and all this kinda stuff. She’s thinking where she went wrong and it wasn’t her at all,” he said.

“My dad told me, he said, <<That is the most selfish thing that you can do… Leave this world because you can’t take it>>. And I really believe that that’s true.”

Now, Reed Robertson said his situation has turned around and he’s “back on track with Jesus”.

“I just thought about, like, <<I’m about to leave all these people that I could have a really huge impact with>>,” he said.

“I was finally free of doubts, of having an attitude of being cynical, and I remember being so relieved. And Jesus brings that relief. I think who taught me that was the men in my life and my family.”

The 30-minute documentary The Robertsons also recently shed light on past issues regarding Reed’s grandparents, where it was revealed that Phil Robertson’s one-time drinking problem almost destroyed his family.

Duck Dynasty will return on December 11 with the Robertson family’s annual Christmas special.

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