Naomi Judd ‘couldn’t hold on’, says Ashley Judd in interview about her mother’s mental health

Ashley Judd encouraged people to seek help for their mental health and opened up about her grieving process following the loss of her mother, country star Naomi Judd.

In an interview broadcast on hello america On Thursday, the movie star said she wanted to talk about her mother’s struggle with depression. Judd said she was with her mother at her home in Tennessee on the day Naomi died on April 30.

Naomi Judd has died aged 76, a day before she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame with her duet partner and daughter Wynonna Judd. In a statement provided to The Associated Press, the family said they lost her to “the disease of mental illness”.

“When talking about mental illness, it’s very important, and to be clear and to distinguish between our loved one and the illness,” Ashley said in the interview.

“It’s a liar. It’s wild. And, you know, my mom, our mom, couldn’t hang on until she was inducted into the Hall of Fame by her peers. I want say is the level of catastrophe of what was going on inside of her because the barrier between – the respect they held her in couldn’t penetrate her heart And the lie that the disease gave her said was so compelling.

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Grammy-winning singer Naomi Judd dies at 76

Naomi Judd, whose family harmonies with daughter Wynonna made them Grammy-winning country stars The Judds, has died. She was 76 years old.

Ashley said her mother died by suicide, but asked for confidentiality about other details of the death. Naomi wrote openly about her depression and anxiety in her memoir river of time and her daughter Ashley said it was because of this that she cherished every moment she spent with her mother.

“I really accepted the love my mom was able to give me because I knew she was fragile,” Ashley said. “So when I walked around the back of their house and walked in through the kitchen door and she said, ‘Here’s honey, here’s my baby’ and she lit up – I savored those moments.”

Naomi and Wynonna Judd scored 14 No. 1 songs during a career that spanned nearly three decades. The red-haired duo combined the traditional Appalachian sounds of bluegrass with polished pop styles, scoring hit after hit in the 1980s. Wynonna led the duo with her powerful vocals, while Naomi provided harmonies and elegant looks on the scene.

The Judds released six studio albums and one EP between 1984 and 1991 and won nine Country Music Association Awards and seven from the Academy of Country Music. They won a total of five Grammy Awards together on hits like Why not me and Give a little loveand Naomi won a sixth Grammy for writing love can build a bridge.

If you or someone you know is having trouble, here’s where to get help:

This guide to Center for Addiction and Mental Health explains how to talk about suicide with someone you’re worried about.