Naomi Judd had been open about her “severe and treatment resistant” battle with depression in the past

Country music star Naomi Judd passed away last week at the age of 76. Her daughters, Wynonna and Ashley Judd, said in a statement who “lost their mother to mental illness”.

His cause of death is still unclear and the family statement has not been further elaborated.

The matriarch had been open about her mental health struggles in the past. In a 2016 interview with “Good Morning America” ​​to discuss his memoir “River of Time”, Judd told Robin Roberts that he had been battling “a life-threatening depression,” something the public could do. not having seen.

“Because they see me in rhinestones, with glitter in my hair. That’s really who I am. But then I’d go home and not leave the house for three weeks, and I wouldn’t take off my pajamas,” Judd said. “It was really bad.”

Singer Naomi Judd, left, poses with her daughters, actress Ashley Judd and singer Wynonna Judd, on the red carpet during the annual YouthAIDS Benefit Gala on September 14, 2005 in Washington. Pictures: Celebrity Moms Pictures: Stars and their moms

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When asked why she was sharing her story, Judd said what she had been through was “extreme”, severe and resistant to treatment. He wanted to show others fighting depression that they can survive.

She also revealed that she was molested by an uncle as a child. He said no one was there for her. “I had to understand that I had to parent myself,” she said.

While Judd said that with therapy and having her husband and youngest daughter, Ashely, by her side, was getting better. However, he admitted that she and her daughter Wynonna, who had been in a strained relationship, were “still a bit estranged” at the time.

Judd gave birth to Wynonna when she was 18. “From the day I knew she existed, it was the two of us against the world,” she told Roberts. “Over the decades, we have grown up together and I always tell her, ‘If I had known, I would have done better.'”

The star also spoke to People about her memoir and her depression, saying, “Nobody can figure it out unless you’ve been there.”

“Think about your worst day of your entire life – someone died, you lost your job, you found out you were betrayed, that your son had a rare disease – you can take them all at once and put them together and this is how it feels. depression, “he said.

Judd, who performed with Wynonna as a mother-daughter duo called The Judds, said her depression took hold in 2012 after their tour ended. “It’s so beyond meaning, but I thought, ‘Surely my family will know that I was in so much pain and I thought they would want me to end that pain. [through suicide]'”he told People.

She said what stopped her was the thought of a family member finding her body. She also said that she was healing with new drugs, therapies and treatments, as well as stronger relationships, including her relationships with her daughters.

Sunday, one day after Judd’s unexpected death, The Judds they have been introduced the Country Music Hall of Fame. Wynonna and Ashley accepted the honor in tears, clinging to each other and reciting a verse from the Bible together.

“I’m sorry she couldn’t hold out until today,” Ashley said. Wynonna talked about the family reunion as they greeted her and she and her sister recited Psalm 23.

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