Ashley Judd is finally opening up about the tragic death of her mother Naomi Judd earlier this year.
Ashley Judd said she, her sister Wynonna, and her father are grieving in different ways over Naomi’s suicide. The intimate interview is featured in a new episode of the Healing With David Kessler podcast released Tuesday.
Ashley Judd added that her sister, father, and she are grieving individually. In doing so, “we’ve been able to completely stick together,” according to People. “We can be at the same supper table and recognize … ‘this one’s in anger, this one’s in denial, this one’s in bargaining, this one’s in acceptance, I’m in shock right now.’”
In the discussion on Kessler’s podcast, Ashley Judd also speaks openly about trauma. Topics include mental illness, sexual assault, and sexual abuse.
The Sudden Death Of Naomi Judd
Naomi Judd committed suicide this past April by gunshot to the head.
Two months ago, Wynonna Judd admitted to having a terribly hard time dealing with the sudden death.
“That the pain of losing Mom on 4/30 to suicide is so great,” she posted on Instagram. “I often feel like I’m not ever going to be able to fully accept and surrender to the truth that she left the way she did. This cannot be how The Judds story ends.”
Shortly after Naomi Judd’s death, Wynonna and Ashley Judd honored the late matriarch with a highly publicized tribute. Accordingly, music and entertainment stars performed in remembrance of Naomi Judd.
The Judd daughters welcomed country stars and other celebrities to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. CMT broadcast Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration live.
Performers included Brad Paisley, Carly Pearce, Little Big Town, Allison Russell, and Jamey Johnson. Also, Bono recited a Judds song.
Wynonna sang “River of Time” early in the ceremony. She then closed it joined by her local Christ Church choir for what was the pair’s final hit, “Love Will Build a Bridge.” Bette Midler gave a video testimonial, after which Wynonna Judd participated in a re-creation of mother/daughter harmonies. Wynonna paired up with Brandi Carlile for a duet of “The Rose.”