Nashville, Tennessee – Ashley Judd urged people to seek help for their mental health and spoke about the process of their grief after loss of mother, country star Naomi Judd.
In an on-air interviews “Good Morning America,” on Thursday the movie star said she wanted to consider her mother’s struggle with depression. Judd said she was with her mother at her home in Tennessee on the day of Naomi’s death on April 30th.
Judd also urged to appeal to anyone who had thoughts of harming themselves National Rescue Line for Suicide Prevention by phone 1-800-273-8255.
Naomi Judd died at the age of 76, the day before she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame along with her duet partner and daughter Winona Judd. In a statement to the Associated Press, the family said it lost it due to a “mental illness.”
“When we talk about mental illness, it’s very important to be clear and distinguish between our loved one and the illness,” Judd said in an interview. “It’s a lie. It’s wild. And, you know, my mother, our mother, couldn’t stay until she was brought in Hall of Fame of her peers. I mean, it’s a level of catastrophe of what was going on inside of her, because the barrier in between – the look in which they held her, couldn’t penetrate her heart. And the lie she was told by the disease was so convincing. “
Ashley Judd said her mother shot herself with a handgun, but asked for privacy regarding other details of the death. Naomi Judd has openly written about her depression and anxiety in her memoir Cancer of Time, and Ashley’s daughter said it is because of this that she appreciates every moment spent with her mother.
“I really accepted the love my mother could give me because I knew she was fragile,” Judd said. “So when I walked around their house and walked in the kitchen door, and she said, ‘Here’s my sweetheart, here’s my baby.’ And she lit up. I enjoyed those moments. ”
Naomi and Winona Judd have recorded 14 № 1 songs in their careers that have lasted nearly three decades. The redheaded duo combined traditional Appalachian sounds with blue and exquisite pop styles, recording hit after hit in the 1980s.
Winona led the duo with her powerful vocals, and Naomi provided harmony and a stylish look on stage.
Between 1984 and 1991, The Judds released six studio albums and an EP and won nine Country Music Awards and seven from the Academy of Country Music. Together, they won five Grammy Awards for hits such as “Why Not Me” and “Give A Little Love”, and Naomi won a sixth “Grammy” for writing “Love Can Build a Bridge”.
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