2022 – Winona Judd says the ‘pain’ of losing her mother Naomi Judd to ‘suicide is too great’, but ‘Judd’s story can’t end like this’

Naomi Judd (left) and Winona Judd of The Judds perform at “Girls’ Night Out: Superstar Women of Country” on April 4, 2011 in Las Vegas.

  • Wynonna Judd posted an Instagram post last month talking about the death of her mother, Naomi Judd.
  • Winona said she would “break the cycle of addiction and family dysfunction.”
  • She added that she would continue to perform and do the “next right thing”.

Winona Judd spoke about the death of her mother, Naomi Judd, last month, telling fans that the “pain” of losing her mother “to suicide is too great.”

Winona and her sister Ashley shared the news of Naomi Judd’s death in a statement on April 30 with the Associated Press, a day before Naomi was scheduled to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame alongside Winona as part of the music duo The Judds.

“Today, we sisters witnessed a tragedy,” the statement said. “We lost our beautiful mother to a mental illness. We were shaken. We are dealing with deep sadness because we know her audience was loved by her just as we loved her. We are in uncharted territory.”

Winona said, in a new post on Instagram, Sunday, that she felt “extremely helpless” after her mother’s death.

“I know that the pain of losing my mother to suicide on April 30th is so great that I often feel like I won’t be able to accept and surrender to the truth as she did,” she wrote in the post. “The Judds story couldn’t end that way.”

The Judds were a hugely successful country duo, earning five Grammys and nine nominations.

The 58-year-old singer said she would seek treatment after her mother committed suicide.

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Winona said, “I know that in order to be a healthier grandfather to my firstborn grandson, Calais, {born 13, I must continue to show up for me first and do my personal work of healing.'”

She added, “I know it’s a simple step-by-step program and sometimes those steps aren’t easy. So I’ve committed to continuing to do the ‘next right thing’ and making weekly appointments so I can ‘keep on work in progress, even when I’m having good days.'”

Winona also said that she will continue to perform. Wynonna released a new single with Waxahatchee last week, and the country singer is also planning to finish her final The Judds tour, which she was originally scheduled to do with her mom later this year.

Other artists such as Brandi Carlyle and Faith Hill will join the tour as special guests.

Wynonna ended her Instagram posts by saying, “I really know I can’t handle this grief on my own and it’s OK to ask for help. I’ll keep fighting for my faith, for myself, for my family, and I’ll keep showing up and singing. Thank you all for the Love and support. Let’s stop more often.”

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