Jessica Robertson is the sweet and bubbly blonde wife of Jep Robertson. This gorgeous lady seems to have the perfect life but fans have quickly found out she’s gone through her own dark days. Like most Robertsons, Jessica’s fought some battles and used God’s help to come out victorious.
1) Jep Isn’t Her First Husband
Perhaps the most shocking Jessica Robertson fact is that Jep Robertson isn’t her first husband. Though the Robertsons are an ultra-conservative family, known for their tight and loyal marriages, Jessica is actually a divorcee. However, her story’s a bit more complicated than what meets the eye.
In Jep and Jessica’s book The Good The Bad and The Grace of God, Jessica details her marriage to her teenage youth minister. Yes, you read that correctly. Jessica was married to an elder man from her church at an early age. The legality is a little sketchy but it seems this was a consenting relationship at the time.
The youth minister started eyeing Jessica, a bold beauty in her own right, when she was still in high school. The two married soon after. In the book, Jessica wrote, “I was really naive at the time and I was a people pleaser… If I could have just made a few other decisions when I was younger, I wouldn’t have made so many mistakes.”
Falling Out of Love
Sadly, but not surprisingly, the marriage didn’t work out. Jessica said, “I also started to feel that I should be in love with him even though I wasn’t in love with him. Everyone said I was the luckiest girl in the world to have snagged him.” Feeling you should be happy and actually being happy are two very different things. Jessica quickly realized her marriage was in trouble and the pair divorced.
Of course, Jep knew all of this before he married Jessica. He accepts her, baggage and all. However, telling her children was a different story. Because the couple decided to write the book, they felt it necessary to give their children a heads up. Jessica explained, “The kids actually did not know that I was married before — and it’s something that we were going to share later on when they were a little more mature. But I really felt like this was an opportunity to share with the world some of the struggles that I went through with that, and coming out through the grace of God. You know, coming out the other side, and meeting Jep, and turning my life around.”
That’s not the only secret from Jessica’s past.