Sadie Robertson Defends Grandpa Phil Robertson: 'He's My Family and Family Sticks Together'

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Sadie Robertson killed it on Dancing With the Stars Monday night surrounded by the entire Robertson clan.

The 17-year-old high school student's father Willie and uncles Jase, Si and Jep helped out with her Duck Dynasty-inspired dance with partner Mark Ballas by using duck calls.

The routine was awesome and earned the team 37 out of 40 points.

Before the performance, a segment was aired of Sadie sharing about why the year 2012 was the most important of her young life so far — it's the year Duck Dynasty first aired.

In a clip, which aired prior to the performance, Sadie, whose DWTS costumes are all dad-approved, said her life was turned upside down in 2012 when Duck Dynasty first aired.

"I was 14 and I didn't realize how big it was going to be," she said. "But there's definitely been some bad things about being in the public eye."

Sadie said it was all good, recalling the first time someone asked for her autograph. She went on to say there was the negative flip-side of fame.

"Everybody knows who you are and they're looking for you to mess up," she said. "My grandpa said some things that upset some people and the press came after him.

"My family would not be where we are without our faith. That's what's carried us this whole way. You know, we put our faith in God and we like to share that with everybody."

Sadie said it became so difficult for the family following her grandfather Phil's comments about homosexuality to GQ magazine in Dec. 2013, the Robertsons nearly called it quits.

"The thing is, no matter what he would have said, we would have stuck by him, because he's my grandpa," Sadie said. "Yeah, he's very opinionated, but he's my family, and family sticks together."

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