Actress, Ashley Judd, recently opened up about childhood abuse she endured in her book titled, All Things Bitter and Sweet: A Memoir. Before she finished the rounds with the media to promote the book, her mother, Naomi, opened up to the women on The View about her sexually abusive childhood, which she had not told anyone about until two years ago. Remembering the day she finally came out with her disturbing secret she said, “I never told a single soul until about two years ago we were sitting at our kitchen table with our therapist … and he asked me what was your first memory? And I said ‘well, it was being sexually abused is my first memory.”
Naomi’s other daughter, Wynonna Judd, also was abused as a child, later joined the women on the show and proclaimed, “She told me on the tour … and I was really was a little resentful that the cameras were on because it’s such a personal thing, but I think we’re willing to step out on faith and hope that it helps someone else to tell someone because there is a lot of shame and secrecy and it shows that everyone in our family that this is affecting us and to watch out for the next generation.” About her own abuse, the country singer admitted she is still a work in progress, and has yet to confront her abuser.
Naomi and Wynonna rose to fame in the 80’s as the popular mother/daughter country singing duo with hits like Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Ol’ Days and Love Can Build A Bridge. According to Starpulse, Naomi had to quit singing when she contracted the life threatening illness, Hepatitis C, which likely occurred from a needle when she was a nurse. Not only her illness made it difficult to sing and tour, but her relationship with Wynonna was less than stellar. The country crooners have highly contrasting personalities and views, which they have openly talked about on shows such as Oprah, making it hard to sing and tour together. Wynonna went solo in the 90’s with a string of successful albums, then after attempting to tour with Naomi again, discovered their family issues had not been resolved.
According to The Boot, the dynamic duo has a new reality show, The Judds, debuting on Oprah’s Own Network. The show will follow the singers trying to rebuild their relationship with the help of a therapist, and also go back on tour together (they will have separate busses). Wynonna states the series shows “the good, the bad, and the ugly”. We hope the Judds can work through all of their issues, and at the very least, it should make for good television.
The View television show with Naomi and Wynonna Judd as guests
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The Judds Biography Starpulse