Il seguente articolo contiene dettagli sul suicidio.
In un annuncio devastante, Ashley e Wynonna Judd hanno rivelato in una dichiarazione su Instagram del 30 aprile che la loro madre, la leggenda del paese Naomi Judd, era morta. Inizialmente annunciando di aver “perso la nostra bellissima madre a causa della malattia mentale”, Ashley ha confermato in un’apparizione di “Good Morning America” del 12 maggio che Naomi si è suicidata. “Mia madre ha usato un’arma da fuoco”, ha detto Ashley a Diane Sawyer, riconoscendo che la famiglia voleva essere la prima a rivelare le informazioni altamente sensibili. Anche la prima a trovare il corpo di sua madre, la star di “Double Jeopardy” ha detto a Sawyer che la tragica scoperta le aveva inflitto “dolori e traumi” durevoli.
Months later, Ashley is opening up on mental health, grief and forgiveness after death as she accepts that her late mother Naomi Judd "was doing absolutely doing the best she could."
Ashley Judd hopes that Naomi Judd forgave herself
On a July 26 episode of grief expert David Kessler's podcast, "Healing with David Kessler" (via People), Ashley voiced her hope for her late mother, saying "My most ardent wish for my mother is that when she transitioned, she was hopefully able to let go of any guilt or shame that she carried for any shortcomings she may have had in her parenting of my sister and me," Ashley added, "because certainly on my end, all was forgiven long ago."
Growing up with a mom harboring "an undiagnosed and untreated mental illness," Ashley told Kessler, taught her to accept that Naomi's "behavioral expressions, interactions, flights of fancy... were an expression of the disease."
The late country star was an advocate for mental health awareness during her life and, via People, penned an open letter for Mental Health Awareness Week in 2018. The letter echoed Ashley's recent sentiments about the mystery of mental illness. "We still don't understand how these circuits go haywire in the brains of suicide victims," Naomi wrote. "Nobody can understand it unless you've been there ... You can take all [the tragedies of your life] at once and put them together and that's what depression feels like."
If you or anyone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988.