Naomi Judd on Relationship With Wynonna: ‘We’re Still a Little Estranged’
“I love her but there are just times we need a break from each other,” Naomi tells ABC’s Robin Roberts of her strained relationship with her daughter. “We’re still a little estranged from each other. And that happens with mother, daughters. If she sees this, and I hope she does, ’cause the smartest thing is for all of us to feel known, no matter what’s goin’ on. Be truthful. I think she’ll say, ‘Good for you, Mom, for finally being willing to talk about the bad stuff.'”
“Through the decades, we kind of grew up together and I’m always telling her, ‘If I’d known better I would’ve done better,'” she continues. “Wy bore the brunt of all of the mistakes I made and we talk about ’em. We’ve been through a lot of therapy together.”
While Naomi says she and her daughter grew apart while filming their 2011 reality series The Judds, they reunited in 2015 for a Las Vegas residency.
During an appearance on Oprah’s Where Are They Now in early 2016, Naomi shared that Wynonna would get upset with how revealing her mother was willing to be in interviews. She has been focused on her solo career, separate from her mother, in recent months.
In a new memoir titled River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope, Naomi further details her mental illness, which landed her in several psychiatric wards over the years and on various medications. These medications, she says, have made her face swell up “like a balloon” and caused her hands to shake.
“They see me in rhinestones, you know, with glitter in my hair, that really is who I am,” she says. “But then I would come home and not leave the house for three weeks, and not get out of my pajamas, and not practice normal hygiene. It was really bad.”
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