Ashley Judd addresses the heartbreaking tragedy of her mother Naomi Judd

Ashley Judd opens up about her late mother’s Naomi Judd’s battle with mental illness in the wake of her suicide.

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Ashley Judd opens up about her mother’s suicide

Ashley Judd recently appeared on the Healing podcast hosted by grief expert David Kessler.

The Divergent star opened up about her mother’s suicide as she detailed her method of coping with grief.

Judd recalled during the interview: “I look back on my childhood and realize that I grew up with a mother who had an undiagnosed and untreated mental illness. And there are different expressions of behavior, interactions, fantasies, choices that she made that, I understand, were an expression of the disease.

She added: “I understand that and I know that she was suffering and today I can understand that she was doing the best she could, and if she could have done it differently, she would have.”

Ashley Judd
Ashley Judd addresses the heartbreaking tragedy of her mother Naomi Judd

The 54-year-old actress further shared that while she ‘didn’t cause’ her mother’s illness, she understands that ‘she couldn’t control it’ and ‘couldn’t cure her’.

He continued, “My dearest wish for my mother is that when she transitioned, hopefully, she was able to let go of any guilt or shame she had for the shortcomings she may have had in raising my sister and me.”

Judd then continued, “Because certainly, for my part, it was all forgiven a long time ago, it was all forgiven a long time ago.”

More on Naomi Judd’s suicide

The famous country musician, the star of Double Jeopardy, was found dead on April 30, 2022 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after years of battling mental illness.

Naomi’s daughters, Ashley Judd and Wynonna Judd, announced her death stating that she died of “the disease of mental illness”.

They wrote in a joint statement: ‘We are devastated. We are sailing in deep pain and we know that just as we loved her, she was loved by her audience. We are in unknown territory.

Meanwhile, Wynonna and her mother, who made up a musical duo called The Judds, were to be inducted into the Nashville Country Music Hall of Fame the day after Naomi’s death.

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However, Ashley joined Wynonna in accepting the honor and paying tribute to her mother.

The Double Jeopardy star said, “My mom loved you so much and I’m sorry she couldn’t make it through today.”

He added: ‘His esteem for her and his respect for her really penetrated his heart. It was your affection for her that kept her going over the years.

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