Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, a father of four boys, has just discovered that he is a father of five – thanks to a DNA test that has led to the discovery of a long lost daughter.
The 74-year-old patriarch admitted on Thursday that he was recently told that he has a 45-year-old daughter from a deal he had during the seventies, well after marrying his wife Kay in 1966. The couple is still married.
On his Unashamed podcast, the outgoing religious Robertson discussed the new event with his sons Jep, 42, Willie, 48, Jase, 50 and Al, 54, the last of whom declared that he had received a bombshell letter that started it All.
Bombshell: Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson revealed he has a 45-year-old daughter from a same-sex marriage on his podcast on Thursday
Storage: The reality star is seen here with her wife Kay 2013. The couple married in 1966 and are still together
“Basically, it was from a woman who said that through a DNA search, she believes it [our] Dad can be her dad, Al said, identifying the 45-year-old woman named Phyliss.
Al also said that he had initially “dismissed” the letter as a wild claim, but Jase had also received a letter from the woman claiming to be his sister.
“We both concluded that this is not one of the frivolous things we have,” Jase said.
“I started thinking, there’s a 45-year-old woman out there who doesn’t know who her dad is, and she’s watching,” Al agreed. “And I thought, even if it’s not dad, she must know it’s not dad.”
But they were also unwilling to reveal the information because the woman’s birthday looked like Phil had become a Christian in the 1970s.
Formerly safe: When Robertson – who has acknowledged his ways of moving before he joined the Church – commented on the matter, the mention of God soon followed
“We know that God in all things – in all things – even sin, works in favor of those who love Him who have been called according to His purpose,” he said; seen here at a meeting for Roy Moore 2017
Phil is a self-proclaimed dedicated Christian and current member and elder of White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe, Louisiana.
Robertson has in the past admitted his ways of moving, but said it was before he devoted himself to the church.
And when he commented on the question of his newly discovered daughter on Thursday, the mentions of God were not far behind.
“We know that in all things – in all things – even sin, God works for the benefit of those who love Him who have been called according to His purpose,” he said in a paraphrase from the Bible.
And when Phil agreed to take a DNA test, it was a ’99, 9 percent match, according to Al.
Robertson’s story is one of many stories about illegal children and long lost family members coming forward thanks to the new found trend of genetic and DNA research, with companies like 23andMe.
They have a sister: The Robertson’s story is just one of many stories of long lost family members coming forward thanks to the new-found trend of DNA research with companies like 23andMe; Willie, Phil, Jase and Si Robertson seen in a promotional shot for Duck Dynasty c. 2013
“It’s a pretty cool explanation of childbirth, reconciliation, love,” Robertson said. “As it turns out, 45 years, you have a daughter you don’t know about, and she has a father she doesn’t know. 45 years that doesn’t sound like much but you say, it’s a while. So finally, after all these years, we meet. ‘
The professional duck hunter, who is a vocal supporter of Donald Trump, added that his family has already met his daughter Phylliss, and that fans will hear her page on things in an upcoming episode of his Unashamed podcast.
“It was great, I was so excited,” Jep said when he found out he has a big sister.
He added that he always wished he had a sister while growing up as a little brother in a family of boys.
“It was like a dream.”
It should be noted that Phil’s daughter, Phyliss, probably got his name after him.
Growing family: Phil said his family has already met his daughter Phylliss, and that fans will hear her page on things in an upcoming podcast episode; Phil (right) seen here 2013 with (from right) brother Si, wife Kay, son Jase, in-laws Korie and son Willie Robertson
No information was readily available about Phyliss’s mother.
The news of Phil’s long-lost daughter comes after the family’s grueling ordeal last month, when a gunman sprayed son Willie’s estate in Louisiana with bullets in a driving gunfire.
No one was injured in the incident, but the shooter has been ordered to hand in all of his firearms and stay away from the younger Robertson’s property for at least two years.
Duck Dynasty was an extremely popular A&E reality TV show that ran for 11 seasons, from 2012 to 2017.
It followed Phil Robertson and his prosperous Louisiana clan, famous for its successful duck hunting business.
Before the Duck Dynasty, Phil and his sons were on a hunting show for the outdoor channel titled Duck Commander, which ran for three seasons from 2009 to 2011.
Phil’s younger brother Si Robertson, 72, was also a popular character on the Duck Dynasty, and appeared in all 129 episodes.
Both Phil and Si were born in Vivian, Louisiana, post-war.
Patriarch: The show followed Phil Robertson and his prosperous Louisiana clan, known for their successful duck hunting business; set 2012