Naomi Judd spoke about the mental health battle before her death
Naomi Judd, who died aged 76 on Saturday due to “the disease of mental illness”, has opened up about her battle with depression throughout her decades-long career.
During an interview on “Good Morning America” in 2016, the “Love Can Build a Bridge” singer revealed that she had faced “extreme” and “severe” depression, which left her confined. at home. Judd’s condition worsened after she and her daughter Wynonna stopped touring as The Judds in 2011.
“[Fans] seeing me in rhinestones, you know, with glitter in my hair, that’s really who I am,” she told Robin Roberts. “But then I would come home and not leave the house for three weeks, not get out of my pajamas and practice normal hygiene. It was really bad.
“When I came off the tour, I walked into this absolutely terrifying deep dark hole and I couldn’t get out,” she confessed. “I spent two years on my couch.”
She even shared that she had seriously considered killing herself on a bridge near her farm.
Naomi wrote a book called ‘River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope’ in 2016, and explained that she went public with her diagnosis – which was eventually treated with medication and electroconvulsive therapy. – because she wanted people to know that mental illness is “not a character flaw, it’s a stinking illness.”
Naomi’s daughters, Wynonna and Ashley, have also been candid about their respective battles with depression and anxiety throughout their own tenures in Hollywood.
Wynonna, 57, told Page Six last year that she attempted suicide when she was 18 and was still going through bouts of depression.
“I have thoughts where I’m like, ‘This is too much,’ and then I call someone,” she told Us. “I’m literally going to call someone because I’ve been stuck in my sadness where I haven’t and we have to reach out and that’s been the hardest thing for me because I’m not good at asking for help and that’s it.”
Wynonna added that she was “thinking all the time about how hard this life is.”
“When you live on a farm, you think, ‘Oh, I could just jump into a lake.’ But then I think I have to stay for my grandkids and make more music… A mentor once told me, ‘Don’t leave until the miracle happens,’” she said.
Wynonna’s younger half-sister, actress Ashley Judd, has also spoken openly about her struggles.
In 2006, the 54-year-old ‘Double Jeopardy’ star revealed that she spent 47 days in a Texas treatment center for depression and other emotional issues.
Ashley told Glamor magazine that she entered Shades of Hope treatment center for “codependency in my relationships, depression, blaming, rage, numbness, denial and minimizing of my feelings.
“But because my addictions were behavioral and not chemical, I wouldn’t have known to seek treatment. At Shades of Hope, my behaviors were treated as addictions. And those behaviors were killing me spiritually, like someone sitting in the corner with a bottle in a brown paper bag.
In 2012, Ashley released “All That Is Bitter and Sweet: A Memoir,” which detailed her tumultuous childhood and mental health struggles.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.