Five months later her mother The Death of Naomi Judd, Wynonna Judd said she’s finally ready to start talking about the loss she and the rest of their family have gone through and how music has helped her through it all.
Judd sat down for her first interview since her mother’s suicide in April, speaking to CBS Sunday Morning about her grief and decided to get back on tour despite it. The country singer shared that the day before she and Naomi – known as The Judds, one of the most successful country duos in history – will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Country Music hope, “I got the call, and I went over, and I saw her and that was it. I said goodbye to her in the hospital, and I closed my eyes, and I kissed her forehead and that was it. And the next thing I know, I’m sitting here on the porch… and I’m just trying to figure out what’s next. ” She added, “I don’t know that she was where she was at the end of the series because she’s had episodes before and she’s gotten better. And that’s what I’ve been up to. living, like, ‘Is there anything I should be looking for or should I know?’ I didn’t. That’s why it was such a shock.” And even though she passed away, Judd said she still “feels”[s] she nudged me. And sometimes, I laugh. And sometimes, I say, ‘I really miss you. Why aren’t you here so we can argue? ‘”
The singer also talked to People this week about her decision to continue the last tour they had planned together as The Judds. “This was my chance to step into a situation where I didn’t know I was ready to do what I was about to do, but I thought it would heal me,” she explained to the outlet. “I am teaching what I want to learn, which is how to have peace and joy in one [space]. I want people to know that they are loved. I want people to know that there is hope.”
Judd also shared how she’s coped with loss over the past few months, saying, “I’ll tell you what I know about death. In death, there is life. I feel both at the same time. I feel joy and sadness. I am going in paradox. I really am a walking contradiction. I feel joy. I feel hurt. I feel light. I feel dark.” She concluded, “How am I coping? It depends on [situation]. I was on the phone and suddenly I started crying. After 10 minutes, I prepare dinner and talk to my husband about our date night. Then my niece came and I cried more. I cried a lot. That’s okay… It doesn’t mean it’s a sign of weakness. “