Naomi Judd, who died on Saturday at the age of 76 from “the disease of mental illness,” was open about her struggles with depression throughout her long career.
During an interview with “Good Morning America” in 2016, the “Love Can Build a Bridge” singer revealed that she was suffering from “extreme” and “severe” depression, which had left her housebound. Judd’s condition deteriorated after she and her daughter Wynonna ceased touring as The Judds in 2011.
“[Fans] see me in rhinestones, you know, with glitter in my hair, and that really is who I am,” she explained to Robin Roberts. “But then I’d come home and not leave the house for three weeks, not change out of my pyjamas, and not practise normal hygiene.” “It was awful.”
“When I got off the tour, I fell into this deep, dark, terrifying hole from which I couldn’t get out,” she admitted. “I lived on my couch for two years.”
She even admitted to thinking about suicide at a bridge near her farm.
In 2016, Naomi published “River of Time: My Descent Into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope,” in which she explained that she went public with her diagnosis — which was eventually treated with drugs and electroshock therapy — because she wanted people to understand that mental illness is “not a character flaw, it’s a stinking disease.”
Naomi’s daughters, Wynonna and Ashley, have also been open about their battles with depression and anxiety throughout their careers.
Wynonna, 57, previously told Page Six that she attempted suicide when she was 18 and still suffers from depression.
“There are times when I think to myself, ‘This is too much,’ and then I call someone,” she explained. “I will literally call someone because I have been stuck in my sadness where I didn’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 continued, “I think about how difficult this life is all the time.”
“When you live on a farm, you think to yourself, ‘Oh, I could just jump into a lake.'” But then I realise I have to stay around for my grandchildren and continue to make music… “Once upon a time, a mentor told me, ‘Don’t leave until the miracle happens,'” she explained.
Ashley Judd, Wynonna’s younger half-sister, has also spoken openly about her difficulties.
In 2006, the 54-year-old “Double Jeopardy” contestant revealed that she had spent 47 days in a Texas treatment facility for depression and other emotional issues.
Ashley told Glamour magazine that she went to the Shades of Hope Treatment Center because she was suffering from “codependence in my relationships, depression, blaming, raging, numbing, denying, and minimising my feelings.”
“But I wouldn’t have known to seek treatment if my addictions had been behavioural rather than chemical.” My actions were treated as addictions at Shades of Hope. And those behaviours were killing me spiritually, just like someone sitting on a street corner with a bottle in a brown paper bag.”
Ashley’s memoir, “All That Is Bitter and Sweet: A Memoir,” was published in 2012, and it detailed her difficult childhood and mental health issues.