Wynonna Judd Says She and Sister Ashley “Are So United Right Now” While Opening Up About Mother’s Passing
In an interview with CBS News Sunday Morning, the country singer opened up about her relationship with her mother before her death in April, her experiencing saying goodbye to Naomi and the various emotions she’s grappled with since.
The singer said that she didn’t know she was at the exact place she was at at the end of the episode because she had experienced episodes before and she got better.” “And that’s where I live is, like, was it anything I should have looked at or should I have known?”
Naomi committed suicide on April 30 at the age of 76, a day before The Judds were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Wynonna attended the event with Ashley, her sister. Wynonna said that she has leaned on her husband since the death of her mother, but that they have also become closer as her half-sisters grieve in their own ways.
“We kind of look at one another, like, I’ve got’ you,’ right?” Wynonna explained that we both look at each other and say, “Yeah,” together. “We are so united right now, I believe more so than we have ever been .”
The singer talks about the changing nature of her relationship to her mother. She also mentions that she has felt anger at times during her grief. It’s their love that has made them stronger.
“Sometimes, I laugh and other times I say, I really miss you. Why aren’t we here to argue? “The singer shared. “She said to me once, she took my hands and she said, “My life is better because you are here.” These are the memories that are beginning to shine through more
She said, “I think that when you lose your mom, a lot if that crap goes away because they don’t care anymore.”
Wynonna, who continues to make music and tour, said that she doesn’t know if it’s “therapy” or a way for her to perform. However, Wynonna said that it’s in tune her mother’s spirit and helps her cope with her grief.
“I believe it’s important to do so if it makes sense. She says that she feels like she has her marching orders. “I want to be able to sing from my toenails a song to help someone in that audience. It’s about me singing to make someone feel better. It’s always in my spirit.
Actress Ashley Judd has also spoken publicly about her mother’s death and in a Sept. 1 essay for the New York Times, described how her and the family’s grieving process has been affected by privacy laws around police reports and the initial procedures authorities followed while responding to Naomi’s death.
The Double Jeopardy actress stated that she was the one who discovered her mother’s body and was then interrogated. She was at one time considered a suspect in her death. It was a “traumatizing experience” for the Judd sibling. She, along with other family members had to share elements Naomi’s “mental illness” and its agonizing past through “terrible, obsolete interview procedures and methods of interfacing with family members in shock or trauma
Ashley said that the family now faces a new media cycle due to the release of certain police records. The actress pointed out that the unreleased details surrounding her mother’s death, which are found in toxicology reports or autopsies, are allowed to be made public in certain states after they have been closed. Tennessee was the place her mother died.
She advocates for changes to the laws at the federal and state levels to prevent this information from being made public. She says that “the raw details are only used to feed a hungry gossip economy, and we cannot count upon basic human decency, so we need laws that will compel that restraint
Ashley stated that they had asked the court not to release these documents because they have secrets. “Privacy in death is a more dignified death. Privacy is good for the family, as it avoids causing further harm to a family already permanently and painfully altered.