Season five of A&E’s hit reality show about redneck millionaires, Duck Dynasty, premiered Wednesday night and MailOnline can reveal some stunning photos of the show’s matriarch from her debutante days as a high school cheerleader and classic beauty before becoming a national celebrity.
Kay Robertson – known as ‘Ms. Kay’ – to her friends and family, is the wife of Phil Robertson, who recently made headlines over controversial comments he made in an interview with GQ magazine, and the mother of Will Robertson, the CEO of the Duck Commander duck-call empire, and the star of the show that put the Robertson clan on the map.
Ms. Kay was born in Louisiana in 1950 and married Phil Robertson when she was just 16 years old. The couple has four sons – Allan, Jase, Willie and Jep – and several grandchildren, including an adoptive daughter of Willie’s who is set to appear on the show for the first time on the season five premier.
But life for Kay and Phil Robertson hasn’t always been duck calls and roses – before Phil became religious, he had alcohol and anger issues.
In the 1970s, Phil was running a bar, drinking excessively and getting into fights. As Ms. Kay describes it, he was ‘headed south.’