On A&E's popular "Duck Dynasty" reality series, the Robertson clan have won over millions of fans with their faith, humor and rural charm. Now fan favorite Si Robertson reveals the mental illness and alcoholism that are part of his family's history in his new book, "Si-cology: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty’s Favorite Uncle". The book reveals that behind the smiles and straggly beards lies a dark and tragic family history, before finding fame, according to Radar Online on Oct. 3.
Millions of viewers tune in each week to watch the hilarious men of "Duck Dynasty", but now we are getting insight into their troubled lives before the cameras were rolling.
Si Roberstson writes in his new book that he and Phil grew up with a manic-depressive mother who was in and out of mental institutions. His mother even suffered a nervous breakdown.
Si admitted his own brain is "faulty", saying he suffered with alcohol abuse throughout most of his young adulthood, which only got worse when he served in Vietnam.
Admitting he drank while attending college too, it was different when he went to Vietnam. Over there he had to constantly deal with the fact that he was surrounded by people who would just as soon kill him than look at him.
"I was largely drinking to forget where I was....It really does something to your mind to know that many of the people living around you don’t like you and want you to die", he said.
Si claims his brother Phil also fought with alcoholism before finding God. April 1971, then-sober Si and his new wife Christine moved to Junction City, Arkansas, where Phil was living with his wife Kay.
He says Phil was struggling with alcohol and drugs, calling it a really wild time to be around. Si writes that his brother was running a honky-tonk and was drinking all the time.
Phil got into trouble and was arrested after causing others serious injury during a fight. Si says Phil wasn't a very good person when he was drinking.
But, then he found Jesus Christ, repented his sins and is "sharing the rest of his life sharing God’s Word".