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Ashley Judd speaks about mother’s passing l GMA

  • Published on May 11, 2022
  • The actress told ABC News that it was important for her family to talk about what happened before things “become public without our control.”
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  • Jennifer Huff
    Jennifer Huff Day ago +260

    Heartbreaking. I love the way Ashley explains depression as the liar that wouldn’t allow her to believe all the good things. So true.

  • Bianca Johnson
    Bianca Johnson Day ago +8

    The fact that this family had to go thru this because society doesn't know when you simply let people be is so heartbreaking. No one should ever have to go on national TV and explain what happened and how simply to get ahead of people just looking to make a dollar off of a story. We have truly lost respect and empathy and it's disgusting. My heartbreaks for them and I pray for them, depression, anxiety and all other mental health conditions are no joke and just because people may seem strong may just be a mask to get thru it another day

  • Off Cam Celebs
    Off Cam Celebs Day ago +143

    My heart aches for these daughters who are mourning the loss of their mother. They weren't expecting her to come this way and will have to recover. The Judd family is in Off Cam Celebs' thoughts and prayers..

  • S
    S Day ago +9

    I can not imagine under any circumstances her mother asking her to stay with her and for her to come back into the room to find her mother dead like that. It’s one thing to have to cope with your mother passing away by suicide it’s another thing to be the one that finds her minutes after seeing her alive. That is so unbelievably heartbreaking and gut wrenching.

  • Melissa Gahn
    Melissa Gahn Day ago +46

    My heart hurts for Ashley, Wynonna, Pop and the rest of the family. Having lost my brother to suicide, I identify with their grief. I will never understand why 15 years later my brother chose to end his life. Someone told me after he died, "You're not supposed to understand, it only made sense to him. You can armchair quarterback all day long and think you know, and you may never make heads or tails of anything." I feel for her and the entire family. I don't understand their grief and I am not attempting to. I identify with them. Rest in Peace, Naomi. Sending deepest love and respects to her family.

  • Tristram Shandy
    Tristram Shandy Day ago +157

    "the lie that the disease told her was so convincing" is probably the best way I've heard this described. I feel for them so much. Losing a loved on this way feels like you never really stop grieving. I hate that they are forced to publicly address this before they're ready to or even that they have to publicly address it at all.

  • Valerie Moran
    Valerie Moran Day ago +552

    Ashley speaks so eloquently on such a tremendously difficult, personal and heartbreaking situation. My heart breaks for her. I pray the public is respectful and allows them their privacy. The Judd's deserve our admiration and respect. Naomi Judd was truly amazing, talented and generous. I did not know until Ashley shared it in this interview that her mother would routinely and quietly give $100 bills to those in need. A star not just on stage but in her humanity. Rest in peace.

  • Stephanie Bria
    Stephanie Bria Day ago +32

    The anecdote about her mother knowing all the staff at The Cheesecake Factory in town, and recommending the Walgreens staff member get a dog, and tipping janitorial employees wherever she went truly speaks to her heart and her legacy. Naomi made everyone feel loved and special. We all love her for it.

  • Josh Bolton
    Josh Bolton Day ago +24

    Ashley is an amazing brave woman. Our hearts go out to the entire family. Everyone has someone in their family who suffers from depression.

  • Becky A lovely girl

    My goodness… as difficult as this was to listen to I can’t imagine how difficult this was for Ashley to speak about, to keep her composure and speak so beautifully and carefully. I have always loved her as an actor and adored her a person. She is an incredibly strong and humble human being. Much love to her, Sister and Pop! ❤️❤️❤️

  • Mst Papiya
    Mst Papiya 19 hours ago +2

    My heart is so broken over this. I can’t even imagine the pain she was going through but the only comfort through all of this is that Naomi can have peace now. She is not hurting anymore. RIP Naomi, You will always be loved. My heart goes out to the Judd Family.

  • Lori D
    Lori D Day ago +11

    I am proud of Ashley for being able to talk about it while dealing with her grief. Naomi should be remembered for being kind towards others and the legacy of her music. If anyone is going through the same thing she dealt with just know there is help and even though I don’t know you I am proud of you for getting up every damn day and that you are still here. Never give up

  • Ariana Garbela
    Ariana Garbela Day ago +181

    Mental illness is so hard because the rest of the world can't see the wound and pain, only the person living it can. To everyone going through this, please know there is help, you don't have to go through this alone. You are brave and precious, don't give up the fight! ❤️

  • Tracy Grigsby
    Tracy Grigsby Day ago +58

    This was such a precious way to share this information with all of her fans. Ashley did a wonderful job and it shows just how much her mother was loved. I pray for solace and strength for the family.

  • Michelle Bohn
    Michelle Bohn Day ago +6

    I'm glad the sisters have each other, especially going through the storms and challenges we all face in life. Wynonna and Ashley will need each other, like never before. Also, I pray for Ashley, being the one who found her mom, that she moves on and can put behind the thoughts & visions of that tragic day. Ashley has always reminded me of her mom. They are soft spoken and have that natural beauty coming from the heart and pours out, making them such beautiful people. Naomi passed on beautiful parts of herself, to her daughters, especially her kind heart & beauty. May they find peace, especially in the coming days. I pray for Pop as well. He has great memories of the time he & Naomi spent together as a couple. God Bless your family.

  • E. J. Douglas
    E. J. Douglas Day ago +138

    Ashley has taken upon herself one of the most difficult tasks in the celebrity world. The family obviously realizes what a nasty world this can be … especially social media. My heart goes out to her and to them all. What a brave daughter she is. We who suffer from mental diagnoses are helped by the openness of her admission. It reminds us that we are not alone just as our Lord has told us repeatedly. The way Ashley expressed that her mother was “walked home” speaks to our minds and hearts.

  • les ham
    les ham Day ago +5

    What a brave thing for Ashley to do. She shows us what love truly is - even when it is clear her heart is broken. Being there, finding her mom, I just want to take her in my arms and tell the family this.

  • Sascha
    Sascha Day ago +198

    Living with depression is like walking with a 50lb bag of rice on your back everyday. It's a dark rain cloud that follows you around while the sun shines on everyone else. I deal with it everyday and listening to Ashley describe what her mother has lived with hits home. The bully that depression is will have you thinking tat you're worst than gum on the bottom of someone's shoe. I'm hoping that the family can come to peace with this and know that they did everything they could.

  • Ananya Mitra Majumder
    Ananya Mitra Majumder 19 hours ago +1

    I'm literally breaking out into tears on the truth.😭 My heart goes out to Ashley and the trauma she's going through in discovering her mom taking her life with a gun. I admire her courage and faith in getting the help she needed after seeing her mom dead on the floor that day. May she know God is with her and Wynonna and the rest of the family at this time and He knew this would happen to Naomi but only because this would help bring her family,friends,aquaintances,and fans closer together and realize their need for help in the mental illness world.

  • Carter Tyre
    Carter Tyre Day ago +7

    I’ve always had the greatest respect for Ashley. Sending prayers for her and her sister and all their family and friends.