Wynona Judd still 'angry' she may have missed signs that mom Naomi was contemplating suicide

Wynona Judd still 'angry' she may have missed signs that mom Naomi was contemplating suicide
Wynona Judd performs solo at The Judds reunion tour (@wynonnajudd/Instagram)

Trigger warning: suicide mention

TOLEDO, OHIO: Country music is never going to be the same again as heartbroken fans attend the final The Judds tour. The internet was first excited when 80s mother-daughter duo Naomi and Wynona Judd aka The Judds revealed that they would reunite for one last tour in October 2022. Unfortunately, a few weeks after the final The Judd tour was announced, Naomi Judd died by suicide.

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Following a quick cameo at a Kenny Rogers concert in 2017, Naomi Judd joined her daughter Wynona for the first and last time at the 2022 CMT Music Awards on April 11. It had also been their first award show performance on TV after 20 years. On the same day, The Judds announced 'The Final Tour' with 10 stops in late September. Unfortunately, after battling several mental health issues like depression, PTSD and bipolar disorder, Naomi Judd committed suicide on April 30. With Wynona Judd forced to go solo for the tour, she recently shared her thoughts on the whole incident.

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Wynona Judd angry as she goes solo for reunion tour

What would have been the duo's reunion tour has become a solo act as Wynona Judd began the tour alone on September 30 in Michigan. With the next show in Ohio, Naomi's husband Larry Strickland and daughter Wynona revealed that they were having a hard time. And what shocked them most was the fact that Naomi who was known as a fighter gave up, "My mother, even in her darkest hour, would put on her wig and go down to the emergency room and help other people during their emergencies...So I find it pretty devastating that she got to a point where she was done helping herself."

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Wynona shared she was "incredibly angry" as she had no clue about her mother and that she was contemplating suicide. The singer said, "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." Reality hit the singer, especially while rehearsing for the first day of the final The Judd tour where she was supposed to do a duet with her mother. 

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Wynona confessed that it was much harder than she realised, "It’s devastatingly beautiful to go back to the past and relive some of these memories...Yesterday I was in rehearsal and there’s a part in the show where they sync up Mom singing with me. And I turned around, and I just lost it."

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If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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