Ashley and Wynonna Judd share touching moment at CMT Loretta Lynn tribute as sisters reunite in Nashville

Ashley Judd and Wynonna lost their mother Naomi Judd in April 2022 due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 76

Ashley and Wynonna Judd share touching moment at CMT Loretta Lynn tribute as sisters reunite in Nashville
Ashley Judd and Wynonna Judd were seen backstage for CMT Coal Miner's Daughter (Catherine Powell/Getty Images for CMT)
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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE: American actress Ashley Judd and her half-sister Wynonna Judd reunited at the CMT Loretta Lynn tribute at Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, on Sunday, October 30, and welcomed each other with a tight warm hug. Country artist, Wynonna Judd also performed at the event commemorating Loretta Lynn.

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The duo lost their mother, Naomi Judd, in April 2022, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 76. The sisters looked stunning in their outfits as Ashley put on floral grown with boho chic design whereas Wynonna decked up in a flowy long black dress, as reported by DailyMail. 

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Ashley Judd and Wynonna Judd seen backstage for CMT Coal Miner's Daughter: A Celebration of the Life & Music of Loretta Lynn at Grand Ole Opry on October 30, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Ashley Judd and Wynonna Judd were seen backstage for CMT Coal Miner's Daughter: A Celebration of the Life & Music of Loretta Lynn at Grand Ole Opry on October 30, 2022, in Nashville, Tennessee (Catherine Powell/Getty Images for CMT)

Ashley and Wynonna's relationship had its ups and downs. Their feud has always been public. In 2011, Ashley claimed in her book 'All That Is Bitter and Sweet', that a troubled relationship developed between her and her mother and sister. She stated, "[My mom] and my sister have been quoted as saying that our family put the ‘fun’ in dysfunction. 'I wondered: Who exactly was having all the fun? What was I missing?'"

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(L-R) Wynonna Judd and Naomi Judd attend the 2022 CMT Music Awards at Nashville Municipal Auditorium on April 11, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Wynonna Judd and Naomi Judd attend the 2022 CMT Music Awards at Nashville Municipal Auditorium on April 11, 2022, in Nashville, Tennessee (Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT)

According to womanworld.com, when Wynonna got married in 2012 to Cactus Moser, her mother and sister did not participate in the wedding. As a response to this, Wynonna claimed, “Ashley [was] so busy with [her then-husband race car driver Dario Franchitti] having won the Indianapolis 500, that she probably [didn’t] even know.” Wynonna also later opened up about her family dynamics, saying, “We’re getting ready to sit down with our life coach and re-evaluate what we want out of this relationship… we just don’t have a lot of contacts right now, if any, because we’re all doing our own thing.”

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Wynonna Judd, Ashley Judd, and Larry Strickland attend CMT and Sandbox Live's
Wynonna Judd, Ashley Judd, and Larry Strickland attend CMT and Sandbox Live's "Naomi Judd: A River Of Time Celebration" in May 2022 (Katie Kauss/Getty Images for CMT)

In 2013, the relationship between the sisters worsened when Ashley filed a case against Wynonna. Ashley filed a complaint in November 2013, when Wynonna's daughter, Grace who was under temporary custody, took the car to a mechanic and asked to check for a device, as reported by TMZ. Later, Ashley complained to the police, claiming that her sister was tracking her. Though cops tried to reach out to the country music singer, it was a futile attempt. However, Wynonna later admitted that the whole situation was a misunderstanding. She had kept the tracker to check on her daughter and not on Ashley.

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Furthermore, the sisters also ended up in a tug-of-war after their mother, Naomi, died by suicide after a long battle with mental illnesses. She took her life a few days before her and Wynonna's induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame, as reported by The Guardian. After the death of their mother, Ashley and Wynonna found out the duo is out of her will. Naomi chose to name her husband of 33 years, Larry Strickland as the executor of her properties. Though there were speculations that  Wynonna might contest on Late Mom’s $25 Million Will, it did not happen. Some sources close to Wynonna claimed, “Wynonna was banking on getting a piece of the pie; she believes Ashley and Larry conspired against her.” However, Wynonna did not move forward legally with this issue, reported radaronline.com

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(L-R) Inductee Wynonna Judd and Ashley Judd speak onstage for the class of 2021 medallion ceremony at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on May 01, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Wynonna Judd and Ashley Judd speak onstage for the class of 2021 medallion ceremony at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on May 01, 2022 (Kerry Wyatt/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum)

Recently, Wynonna appeared on CBS mornings and stated they are going to be there for each other from now, saying, “We both kind of look at each other like, ‘I’ve got you,’ right? And we look at each other and we say, ‘Yeah.’ We’re so united right now, I think more so than we have been in a long time.” She also spoke about her mother on the show, "I did not know that she was at the place she was at when she ended it, because she had had episodes before and she got better. And that's what I live in, is like, 'Was there anything I should have looked for or should I have known?' I didn't." Meanwhile, Natalie Hemby, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, and many prominent singers from Country music also participated in the CMT Loretta Lynn tribute at Grand Ole Opry.

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