In her new autobiographical book, River of Time, Nomi Judd has revealed her darkest moments, even opening up about her three year long depression and suicide plan. In the same book, she writes about her daughter Ashley always being by her side during those hard times when she was fighting to keep her sanity. However, her older daughter, Wynonna, who was also her former band-mate left her alone with her demons, being completely absent from her life just when the mother needed her the most.
It looks like in 2011 when Judd’s depression began taking over her life, Wynonna stopped calling because she was “100 percent wrapped up” with her new boyfriend, Cactus Moser.
“I had not heard her beautiful voice in what seemed like a terribly long time. I felt like I was falling into a dark, endless abyss, alone,” wrote Naomi in her memoir.
Even worse, a year later, the woman learned about her own daughter’s wedding from the press.
“I wasn’t invited, and neither was Ashley. I was happy for Wy’s marriage news, but sad at the same time…It hurt my heart that we couldn’t all be together for happy times, like a wedding.”
During her fight with depression and suicidal thoughts Nomi remained estranged from her oldest daughter even though she “grew increasingly lonely for a connection.”
The two saw each other for the first time in three years, in 2014 when Larry Strickland, Naomi’s husband, invited Wynonna to their home for dinner.
Their meeting brought them a bit closer even though they were unable to solve the deep rooted and long overdue issues that night. By the end of the dinner, Naomi at least felt more “calm” about the whole situation.
“I had a deeper understanding of why our relationship has had its bumps and bruises,” she wrote.
The two reunited in 2015 for Naomi’s farewell concert, but according to Naomi, nowadays they are back on a “break.”