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Wynonna Judd says she hopes her decision to continue her mother-daughter tour alone following the death of her mother, Naomi Judd, will help her find peace, which she revealed during a conversation with People.
“This is my chance to get into a situation where I don’t know if I’m ready to do what I’m about to do, but I think it’s going to heal me,” she said in the interview. teaching what I want to learn, which is how to have peace and joy in a really negative (space). I want people to know that they are loved. I want people to know that there is hope.”
Naomi Judd committed suicide in April.
“Today we sisters are experiencing a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to mental illness,” Wynonna Judd and her sister Ashley Judd said in a statement at the time. “We are devastated. We are sailing in deep pain and we know that as we loved her, she was loved by her audience. We are in uncharted territory.”
Wynonna Judd, who performed as the duo The Judds with her mother, announced in May on the CMT special “Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration” that she planned to tour in her mother’s honor.
“So, I made a decision and thought I would share it on national television. That after much thought, I’m going to have to honor her and do this tour. I’m going to have to,” she said during the special. “Because that’s what you would want, and Bono once told me to give them what they want, not what you want.”
She will open The Judds: The Final Tour on September 30 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and perform 11 dates through October 29.
However, as Wynonna Judd told People, she doesn’t expect the tour to be easy as the singer continues to struggle with the death of her mother.
“In death, there is life. I feel both at the same time simultaneously,” she said. “I feel joy and sadness. I am walking in paradox. I am literally a walking contradiction. I feel joy. I feel pain. I feel light. I feel dark.”
When it comes to how she’s coping, the 58-year-old says “it depends on the (situation)”.
“I’m on the phone and all of a sudden I start crying,” Wynonna Judd continued. “Then 10 minutes later I’m making dinner and talking to my husband about our date night. . Then my granddaughter comes and I cry some more. I cry a lot. It’s okay… It doesn’t mean it’s a sign of weakness.”
Since the death of their mother, the Judd sisters have been open about what they have endured and their grieving process.
“We have always openly shared both the joys of being family as well as its sorrows. Part of our history is that our matriarch was persecuted by an unjust enemy,” the family said in a statement to The Associated Press in August. “She was treated for PTSD and bipolar disorder, which millions of Americans can relate to.”