Wynonna Judd is sharing her emotional journey following the passing of her late mother Naomi Judd and the other half of Grammy-winning duo The Judds.
In an interview with CBS News Morning SundayThe country singer shared about her relationship with her mother before her death in April, her experience saying goodbye to Naomi, and the various emotions she has struggled with since. there.
“I didn’t know she was where she was at the end of the series because she had previous episodes and she was getting better,” the singer recalled. “And that’s what I’m living for, is there anything I should be looking for or should I know?”
Naomi died by suicide on April 30 at the age of 76, the day before The Judds were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. It was an event that Wynonna ended up attending with her sister Ashley, by her side. The singer said that since her mother’s death she has relied on her husband but her half-sisters have also become closer, including family – which Wynonna says is “all very different”. – grieving in their own way.
“We were both looking at each other, like, ‘I have friends,’ right? And we looked at each other and said, ‘Yeah,’ Wynonna explained. “We’re very united right now, I think more than we’ve been in a long time.”
During the interview, the singer discussed the fluctuating nature of her relationship with her mother and noted that in her grief, she felt angry at times. But in the end, the love between them became stronger.
“Sometimes I laugh and sometimes I say, ‘I really miss you. Why aren’t you here so we can argue? ‘”, the female singer shared. “She told me once, she took my hand and she said, ‘My life is better because of you.’ Those are the memories that are starting to come back more and more. “
“I think when you lose your mom, a lot of that crap goes away because it just doesn’t matter anymore,” she added.
Wynonna, who continues to compose music and tour, said she “doesn’t know if it’s ‘therapy’ to perform, but it fits in with her mother’s training spirit and helps her deal with sadness.” .
“I think it’s important to do that if that makes sense. I feel like I have my marching orders,” she explained. “I want to go out on stage and sing from my toenail a song that helps someone in that audience. It’s what I sing to help someone feel better. That is always in my spirit.”
Actress Ashley Judd has also spoken publicly about her mother’s passing and in a September 1 essay for New York Timesdescribed how her and her family’s grieving process has been affected by privacy laws surrounding police reports and authorities following the initial process in response to Naomi’s death.
The Double jeopardy The actress said that after being the one to discover her mother, she was questioned and at one point was considered a possible suspect in her death. It was a “traumatic” experience for the Judd siblings, who, along with family members, had to share elements of Naomi’s “mental illness and its painful history” through ” terrible, outdated interview procedures and methods of interacting with family members who are in shock or trauma.”
Ashley added that now the family faces a potential new media cycle with the release of several police reports. The actress noted that the undisclosed details surrounding her mother’s death – found in toxicology and autopsy reports – were allowed publicity in the states after they were closed. That includes Tennessee where her mother passed.
In her essay, she advocates changes to these laws at the state and federal levels to prevent this information from being made public, as she says “the raw details are only used to feed a economy, and since we can’t trust basic human etiquette, we need laws to enforce that restraint. “
Ashley said: “We asked the court not to release these documents because we had secrets. “We ask because privacy in death is a more dignified death. And for those left behind, privacy avoids further harm to a family that has been permanently and painfully altered. ”