Grammy-winning singer Naomi Judd admitted at the age of 76 on Saturday to having undergone electroconvulsive therapy and considered suicide in recent years.
Judd, the Kentucky-born singer of duo The Judds and mother of Wynonna and Ashley Judd, died “of mental illness,” according to a statement from her daughters.
She said today’s show In 2017, after The Judds stopped touring, she didn’t get off the couch for two years, falling into “extreme” and “extreme” depression.
“[Fans] You see me in rhinestones, you know, with glitter in my hair, that’s really who I am. But then I would go home and not leave the house for three weeks, not get out of my pajamas, and not do normal hygiene. It was really bad.
“When I got off the tour I went into this deep, dark hole so terrifying I couldn’t get out,” she added. “I spent two years on my couch.”
She said she even discovered a bridge near her family’s farm to jump off of.
“That’s how bad it can get,” she said. It’s hard to describe. You go down this deep, dark pit of depression and don’t think there’s another minute.
One night, she said, her husband and daughter Ashley called 911 and went into therapy, eventually undergoing electroconvulsive therapy to “start” the chemicals in her brain.
‘We were smashed. We are dealing with a deep heartbreak and know that just as we loved her, so did her fans. The Jude Sisters statement said: We are in an uncharted territory.
Naomi Judd, the Kentucky-born singer of Grammy-winning duo The Judds and the mother of Winona and Ashley Judd, has died at the age of 76
Winona Judd, Ashley Judd and Naomi Judd during the premiere of Kiss The Girls at the Paramount Theater in Hollywood, California
Winona Judd, left, and Naomi Judd arrive at the CMT Music Awards on Monday, April 11
Wynonna Judd’s last Instagram post before Naomi’s death showed her enthusiasm for being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame
Naomi Judd posts a photo of her book “River of Time” on Instagram with the caption: Only by telling our stories will more people understand. Only by telling the truth will we stop the stigma. I have told my story. And now you can tell you. You’re not alone. I’m still here
Judd has spoken publicly and written books over the years about her struggles with mental health issues.
The announcement came a day before Gods was officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame at a medal ceremony in Nashville. The ceremony is still scheduled to take place on Sunday, it was reported Jared only.
The mother and daughter performers have recorded 14 number one hits in a career spanning nearly three decades.
After their rise to the top of country music, they called it quits in 1991 after doctors diagnosed Naomi Judd with hepatitis.
The Gods’ songs included Love Can Build a Bridge in 1990, Mama He’s Crazy in 1984, Why Not Me in 1984, Turn It loose in 1988, Girls Night Out in 1985, Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain in 1986 and Grandpa in 1986.
Winona Judd, left, and Naomi Judd arrive at the CMT Music Awards on Monday, April 11, 2022, at Town Hall in Nashville, Tenn.
Gods was scheduled to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday
Naomi was pictured at Universal City in March 2018
Naomi Judd, left, and Winona Judd, of The Judds, perform at “Girls’ Night Out: Superstar Women of Country,” in Las Vegas, April 4, 2011
Winona Judd, left, and her mother, Naomi Judd, of The Judds, perform during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXVIII in Atlanta on January 30, 1994
The Gods also recently announced a farewell tour, the first by Naomi and Winona in over a decade.
The 10-date short tour, which was scheduled to be produced by Sandbox Live and Live Nation, was scheduled to begin September 30 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and end October 28 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
“What I look forward to most is celebrating Judd’s music with fans,” Winona said in a statement when the tour was announced. My mom and I have been on the journey for the past 38 years, and the fans have been with us all that time. This tour is a celebration for them.
The Judds performed on the CMT Music Awards telecast and walked the red carpet just this month. The program was broadcast live on CBS on April 11.
Singer Maren Morris posted on Twitter on Saturday, “I was honored to see ‘Love Can Build a Bridge’ a few weeks ago.
Dolly Parton, Winona, and Naomi Judd perform “Stand By Your Man” as part of a five-women singing group, at the 35th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards
Judd stands behind President George HW Bush at a rally ahead of the 1992 presidential election
The Judds surrounds legendary comedian Bob Hope and his wife Dolores
‘This is heartbreaking news! Naomi Judd was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known, singer Travis Treat tweeted, noting that he’s worked with Judd multiple times on screen and during shows.
Born Diana Ellen Judd in Ashland, Kentucky, Naomi was working as a nurse in Nashville, when she and Winona began singing professionally together. Their unique harmony, combined with acoustic, bluegrass and blues elements, made them stand out in the genre at the time.
“We had a stamp of authenticity on what we were trying to do,” Naomi Judd told the Associated Press after announcing her induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The Judds released six studio albums and an EP between 1984 and 1991 and won nine Country Music Association Awards and seven from the Academy of Country Music. They have earned a total of five Grammy Awards together on songs like “Why Not Me” and “Give A Little Love”.
The judges sang about the family, the belief in marriage, and the virtue of fidelity. Since Naomi was young in appearance, they were confused early in their careers.
Judd and husband Larry Strickland at a 2004 event for Musicares
The Jude Sisters with Natalie Cole and Lyle Lovett
Naomi with daughter Ashley Judd and husband Larry Strickland
They first gained attention on the Ralph Emery Morning Show in the early 1980’s, where the host called them the “Soap Sisters” because Naomi said she used to make her own soap.
After the success of Mama He’s Crazy, they won the Horizon Award at the 1984 CMA Awards. Naomi started by saying, “Slap the dog and spit in the fire!”
The daughter of Ashley Judd is an actress known for her roles in films like Kiss the Girls, Double Jeopardy and Heat.
Larry Strickland, who was a backup singer for Elvis Presley, was married to Naomi Judd for 32 years.
Judd had hard times and faced depression, as she admitted in one of her many books.
Larry Strickland, Naomi Judd, GT Hodges and Casey Hodges attend the ‘Christmas Stars’ special screening at Franklin Theater on November 25, 2019
Naomi with her daughter Ashley at the premiere of Apocalypse in Los Angeles in 1997
In her book The River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Raised with Hope, she writes about the suffering of a single mother and survivor of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
Judd posted a photo on Instagram from a mental health conference in 2017, seen here with Carlos Zarate Jr., president of the National Institutes of Mental Health
She claimed that she put herself through nursing school to support her daughters before pursuing her dreams in Nashville with Winona, becoming Goddess.
in her bookThe River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Was Born in HopeShe writes about her suffering as a single mother and survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault.
At the height of her popularity, Naomi lived through a previously incurable hepatitis C virus, having been cured five years after diagnosis.
After completing Judds’ final tour in 2011, she battled depression and anxiety through therapy.
She described Nahr al-Zaman as “her touching message of hope to anyone whose life has been marred by trauma”.