The growing discord between bereaved members of Naomi Judd’s family is mystifying their friends, Page Six reported Friday.
The family matriarch didn’t list daughters Wynonna Judd and Ashley Judd in her will. But that reportedly doesn’t imply they won’t receive part of the $25 million estate that Naomi left behind.
“It’s not known if other provisions were made [in the will],” an unnamed source told Page Six. “You don’t know all of the arrangements.”
Naomi Judd supposedly omitted her daughters altogether from her will, Radar Online reported last week. The mother, who committed suicide earlier this year, left her estate only to her second husband, Stickland.
Naomi Judd also appointed Strickland’s brother as an estate co-executor, in the event Strickland dies or otherwise can’t run the estate.
But Page Six said both Wynonna and Ashley are tight with Strickland.
“He’s been in their lives since the late 70’s — from a really early age. He’s not a stranger,” they said.
Wynonna Judd In Shambles After Mother’s Death
The British tabloid further said that a rift is reopening between singer Wynonna and her sister. The actress reportedly does not want to challenge her late mother’s will.
Some attorneys say it’s actually not that rare that a person decides to name their spouse as executor of their estate, instead of their children.
“It is common to name the spouse as the executor of a will. But leaving out her daughters seems pointed. Like a purposeful act on Naomi’s part,” attorney and legal expert Holly Davis told the New York Post.
Two months ago, Wynonna admitted to having a terribly hard time dealing with the sudden death of her mother.
“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.”
Meanwhile, the news about Naomi’s will comes less than a week after Ashley Judd finally opened up about the tragedy.
Ashley said she, sister Wynonna, and their father are grieving in different ways over Naomi’s suicide. The intimate interview is featured in a recent episode of the Healing With David Kessler podcast.