Sadie Robertson is guarding her heart.
The 20-year-old former Duck Dynasty star is currently single and opens up to ET about her struggles with dating in the public eye.
"My dating life was very public and most everything in my life is very public, the flaws and all," Robertson said in a recent interview on ET Live. "I love that because I can speak into those things in other people's lives and I always want to be real and vulnerable, but I do think there's a point in your love life or whatever that you have to establish it for yourself first and then build a firm foundation in it before you share it with the world."
Robertson admits that being so open about her past relationships may have taken a toll.
"It definitely changes things a little bit 'cause you have to consider like, 'OK, wow. Everybody's kind of involved in our relationship, everybody's in it for the good or the bad,'" she said. "It's so cute and it's so fun, and I love that at times -- when you're solid, you're solid and it's good -- but when you're not, it can not be. ... Now it's all the three million people are like, 'I ship it!' and you're like, 'OK! Well, that ship has sailed! Sorry!'"
Robertson also addresses her "biggest fear" when it comes to dating.
"People's hearts are so valuable and it's so scary to think about somebody getting their heart broken," she said. "That is genuinely scary. And so it's like, that hesitation to even jump in because once you've experienced heartbreak, you're like, 'Oh man, what if it doesn't go...' You start to overthink."
In Robertson's new book, Live Fearless, she's all about conquering fears in all aspects of life. She opens up about initially turning down the opportunity to compete on Dancing With the Stars and how she overcame an eating disorder, among other things.
"It's not that things aren't gonna be scary, it's not that opportunities aren't going to come that are going to seem very fearful, but it's that you live a fearless life," she explained. "You have strength, you have peace, you rise above and you have this hope in something greater. ... Who you are is so much more purpose than what fear will limit you to do."
Despite what her fans are currently "shipping," Robertson says she's nothing more than friends with country star Brett Eldredge, after she starred in his romantic "The Long Way" music video last year.
"Everybody thinks we're dating!" she exclaimed. "I mean, he's the best! Literally, we just had so much fun together. I think everybody was like, 'No, y'all were really laughing [in the video].' We really were 'cause we really did have a great time -- but I don't know, girl, it's too complicated!"
For more of what Robertson had to say about working with Eldredge, watch the video above, and see the full unedited interview below.
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