Quando la madre di Wynonna Judd, l’icona della musica country Naomi Judd, è morta dopo aver lottato con una malattia mentale, Wynonna non ha solo perso un genitore; ha perso un collaboratore di lunga data che l’ha aiutata a creare alcuni dei più grandi successi della sua carriera del duo. Wynonna e sua sorella, l’attore Ashley Judd, hanno descritto come la perdita li abbia scossi fino al midollo in una dichiarazione su Instagram. “Oggi noi sorelle abbiamo vissuto una tragedia. Abbiamo perso la nostra bellissima madre a causa della malattia mentale”, hanno detto. “Siamo a pezzi. Stiamo attraversando un profondo dolore e sappiamo che poiché l’amavamo, era amata dal suo pubblico. Siamo in un territorio sconosciuto”.
Wynonna Judd was looking forward to being honored alongside her mother
Wynonna Judd and Naomi Judd were set to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on May 1, but now Wynonna's Instagram post about the event has turned into an online memorial to her mother. "Can't think of a better way to be welcomed to our new home at the @officialcmhof than by the fans," her caption read. "Looking forward to seeing your sweet faces along the red carpet on Sunday!"
In the comments section, tributes began flooding in as soon as fans heard the news about Naomi's tragic death. "Deepest condolences on the loss of our beloved Queen of Everything," read one comment. "So very sorry for your loss. I was soo excited to learn you would be performing together again," another fan wrote, referencing Naomi and Wynonna's scheduled reunion tour. Per the Tennessean, The Judds were set to hit the road this September.
Even after it was announced that the duo would be honored by the Country Music Hall of Fame, in a November 2021 interview with KVRR, Wynonna said of her mom, "We don't really communicate right now." But on April 11, she and Naomi reunited for a performance at the CMT Music Awards, where they sang "Love Can Build a Bridge." Ahead of the reunion, Wynonna told AP, "Music is the bridge between mom and me, and it bonds us together."