Wynonna Judd reflects on Naomi Judd’s death: ‘The Judds story can’t end like this’

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Wynonna Judd reflects on Naomi Judd's death: 'The Judds story can't end like this'

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Just about a month after Wynonna Judd’s mother, Naomi Judd, died by suicide, the 58-year-old took to Instagram to reflect on life without Naomi.

“Check in. There’s so much going on in the world right now,” Wynonna began her caption alongside a picture of her performance. “Before I sat down to write this, I was like, ‘No…I just don’t know what to say.’ Then I heard the words of my life coach asking me, “What do you know?” And I started crying.”

She continued, “WHAT DO I KNOW??”

Naomi Judd and Wynonna Judd perform at the CMA Awards.
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The legendary country singer died by suicide on April 30. She was 76.

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“I know the pain of losing Mom to suicide on April 30 is such that I often feel like I will never be able to accept and surrender to the truth as she did it did . The Judds story can’t end like this,” Wynonna continued, adding a heartbroken emoji.

Wynonna continued her testimony, claiming that “to be a healthier grandparent to my firstborn granddaughter Kaliyah,” she would “need to keep showing up to myself (first) and doing the personal healing work.” She then shared that she plans to “break the cycle of addiction and family dysfunction.”

“I know this is a simple step program, and sometimes those steps aren’t easy,” Wynonna said.

Naomi Judd committed suicide on April 30.

Naomi Judd committed suicide on April 30.
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Her post continued, “I’m committed to continuing to do the ‘next right thing’ and making weekly appointments so I can get on with ongoing work even when I’m having good days.”

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“I know I feel so helpless — especially now,” Wynonna shared. “I know that, as cheesy as it sounds, ‘love can build a bridge.’ I find myself humming the song Mom wrote for the fans at night here on the farm.”

The country music star then shared that she “can’t do this grieving thing alone,” explaining to her followers that “it’s okay to ask for help.”

“I will continue to fight for my faith, for my SELF and for my family, and I WILL continue to show up and sing,” Wynonna added, before thanking her fans for “everyone for your love and support.”

Wynonna Judd performs during a tribute to her mother, country music star Naomi Judd, Sunday, May 15, 2022 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

Wynonna Judd performs during a tribute to her mother, country music star Naomi Judd, Sunday, May 15, 2022 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
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Wynonna recently spoke about her mother’s death at the memorial service held in her honor earlier this month.

The memorial service was held at the Rynman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee and was moderated by Robin Roberts. Wynonna and Ashley Judd sat next to Naomi’s husband Larry Strickland, who spoke about her death for the first time.

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Wynonna shared that the public memorial wasn’t easy for her, but it’s “what a dysfunctional family does.”

“That is not easy. I don’t know why we’re doing this in public. It sucks,” said Wynonna, joined on stage by Ashley and Strickland. “But we do, don’t we? We show the world what a dysfunctional family does. We show ourselves for each other.”

Naomi Judd, Ashley Judd and Wynonna Judd during the Youth AIDS Gala in 2005.

Naomi Judd, Ashley Judd and Wynonna Judd during the Youth AIDS Gala in 2005.
(Photo by Louis Myrie/WireImage)

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As the memorial drew to a close on Sunday night, Wynonna – who is the second half of musical group The Judds – shared that she will be completing the 11 tour dates she and her mum announced in April. In 2016, Wynonna Robin Roberts opened up about her mother-daughter relationship, noting, “We’ve been through a lot of therapy together.”

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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