Willie Nelson Bombs: Country Music Icon’s New Documentary Reveals SHOCKING Affairs, ‘Pitchfork Fight’ With First Wife, Suicide Attempts, Bankruptcy Struggle & More

Willie Nelson’s new documentary is sure to please fans as the country music icon drops quite a few bombshells.

Fresh from celebrating his 90th birthday at the Hollywood Bowl, Nelson takes a candid look back at the highs and lows of his incredible life in the four-episode series debuting on Paramount +.

Highlighting numerous interviews with musicians, family members, bandmates and Nelson experts, the series explores the myth behind the Texas native who became a Grammy-winning American legend.

“Dad was homeless, his house burned down, he’s been through four marriages, he’s been up and down, he’s broke, he [fought] the IRS, he’s lost a child…that’s what makes him inspirational to me: His resilience in the face of adversity,” Willie’s 34-year-old son Lucas Nelson sums up in the documentary.

Below, the most shocking revelations from Willie Nelson and family.

Willie Nelson’s new documentary ‘Willie Nelson & Family’ is sure to delight fans as the country music icon drops quite a few bombshells

A fork fight with his first wife

Willie instantly fell in love with his first wife, Martha Jewell Matthews, when he met her working at a fast food restaurant in 1952.

“She was a dark-haired beauty, full-blooded Cherokee,” Wiley says in the series, according to People. “Her eyes set my soul on fire, and her name was Martha Jewell.”

Although Will was 19 and Martha 16, the couple soon married.

Willie immediately fell in love with his first wife, Martha Jewell Matthews, when he met her working at a fast food restaurant in 1952;  seen in 1996

Willie immediately fell in love with his first wife, Martha Jewell Matthews, when he met her working at a fast food restaurant in 1952; seen in 1996

“She was a dark-haired beauty, full-blooded Cherokee,” Willie says in the series. “Her eyes set my soul on fire, and her name was Martha Jewell.”

“My mother didn’t want me to get married because I was so young, so we just eloped,” Martha, who died of liver failure in 1989, says in a voiceover.

Willie said of their romance: “We had a lot of fun together but we argued and we both drank a lot in those days.

“We got into this argument one morning and she picked up this fork and threw it across the table and it stuck in my side. It sounded like a tuning fork.

Willie’s wife revealed an affair from his lover’s pregnancy account

Willie was still married to his second wife, Shirley Colley, when a hospital bill arrived at their home in Tennessee regarding the birth of Paula Nelson to Connie Nelson in October 1969.

“Shirley wanted to know who the hell Connie Nelson was,” Willie says.

“The truth is Connie [Koepke] she was my girlfriend for a few years before I got pregnant.

Daughter Lana added: “[Shirley] I had no idea there was Connie. She had no idea she was having a baby until she got the hospital bill. That’s how she found out about Connie. That’s how I found out about Connie.”

Connie says that at the time, “the furthest thing from my mind was getting pregnant and telling my mom and dad.”

“Anyway, it happened.” Honestly, I was next, and I don’t mean that in a bad way, it’s just that Shirley wasn’t their mother, she was gone. I connected so much with these kids. I loved those kids. They all became my children too.

A “gunfight” with his ex-brother-in-law

The story of how Martha meets Willie’s third wife Connie Koepke has all the excitement of a soap opera.

Willie was still married to his second wife, Shirley Colley, when a hospital bill arrived at their Tennessee home for the birth of Paula Nelson in October 1969.

Connie, whom Willie met on tour, was the mother.

While Martha was visiting Willie in Tennessee, an incident occurred involving their daughter Lana and her abuser, which culminated in the husband shooting up the house.

“It really pissed me off when he hit her, so I went over there and gave him a little slap,” Willie says in the series. “I told him never to do that again. Then he came back and fired at the house.

Willie grabbed his own gun and a bandmate and started shooting at Lana’s husband’s car.

In the second episode of the series, Connie recalls meeting Martha in the midst of the firefight.

“I just grabbed her skirt and pulled her down and said, ‘Get down, they’re going to kill you!'” That’s how I met Martha.

Multiple suicide attempts

Willie is open about his heavy drinking days in the 1960s when he lived in Nashville with Martha and their three children Lana, Susie and Billy.

“She and I were fighting worse than ever, and I started drinking more than ever,” Willie says of his relationship with Martha.

“I got drunk every night and every night I came home with someone different. [I was] slowly self-destructing. I really didn’t care.

“Once in the dead of winter I was so depressed that I lay down in the middle of the street hoping a car would run me over.  No such luck.  I had to get off my ass and kept trying to figure out how to make a living';  seen in 2018

“Once in the dead of winter I was so depressed that I lay down in the middle of the street hoping a car would run me over. No such luck. I had to get off my ass and kept trying to figure out how to make a living’; seen in 2018

“In my drinking days I tried to kill myself a few times,” he continues.

“Once in the dead of winter I was so depressed that I lay down in the middle of the street hoping a car would run me over. No such luck. I had to get off my ass and continued to try to figure out how to make a living.

Wiley refused to declare bankruptcy while owing $32 million to the IRS

Willie discovered he owed $32 million in income taxes to the IRS in 1990.

“It seemed like a lot of money, but it was a challenge,” Willie says.

The star said he was advised to declare bankruptcy, but he refused because he didn’t want to cheat anyone out of money.

“It wasn’t my plan at all,” he says. “I have never intended and will never file a bankruptcy where the people I owe money get screwed.”

He was also in the midst of his marriage to makeup artist Anne D’Angelo.

Willie discovered he owed $32 million in income taxes to the IRS in 1990;  seen in 2019

Willie discovered he owed $32 million in income taxes to the IRS in 1990; seen in 2019

“The lawyer said, ‘You know he’s got $32 million in debt, and 19 of that is going to be yours?’ I said, ‘Yeah, but I’m not here for the money anyway,'” D’Angelo recalled.

“I already had mine, I was fine, how can I help? I know he looked super calm, but inside he wasn’t so calm. We had two kids – it was super, super stressful. They took over our house. The four of us lived in this small apartment because Mika was a baby. It was disappointing.

Willie “didn’t talk” about his son’s suicide

In 1991, Willie experienced the tragic loss of his son Billy, who took his own life at the age of 33.

Willie’s daughter Lana said her brother Billy suffered from mental health issues such as depression, adding: ‘He didn’t want to be depressed, he didn’t want to be that person.

“He tried really hard, he made it.”

In 1991, Willie experienced the tragic loss of his son Billy, who took his own life at the age of 33;  seen in 1998

In 1991, Willie experienced the tragic loss of his son Billy, who took his own life at the age of 33; seen in 1998

Willie poses with his wife Annie, second left, and children Micah, Lucas and Amy, left to right;  seen in 2007

Willie poses with his wife Annie, second left, and children Micah, Lucas and Amy, left to right; seen in 2007

Daughter Paula said, “He really was a wonderful man, but it’s hard to be in Texas when your father is Willie Nelson. You can’t get away from it…

“When Billy died it was terribly difficult [Willie]— on all of us. It was very difficult for him because this was his first son.

Willie’s sister Bobbie added: ‘It’s not that we’ve talked about our grief at length – that’s not Willie’s way. We weren’t supposed to talk about it. We knew.’

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