Winona Judd remembers her last performance with her mom, Naomi Judd: ‘She was so fragile’

The Judds became a country music staple of the ’90s with poignant stories of life, love and loss.

Winona Judd recalled that the last time she sang on stage with her mother, Naomi Judd, it was unlike any performance they had ever had before. The women performed their 1990 single, “Love Can Build a Bridge” at the CMT Awards on April 11.

Naomi died by suicide on April 30 at her home in Tennessee. She was 76 years old.

Wynonna, 58, recalled her mother’s behavior on stage that night.

“It was very fragile,” she said on the Making Space with Hoda Kotb podcast.

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Winona Judd recalled Naomi Judd looking uneasy during their last performance together.

Winona Judd recalled Naomi Judd looking uneasy during their last performance together.
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“I think it’s because she hasn’t sung in a long time. And I think when our parents get older, their world gets smaller. And I’m late.” [that night]And she’s never too late. I think she was nervous. And I think it was expected to be done for the CMT Awards, and I think it was, like, imagine being nervous and having to walk out. “

However, her first instinct was not to console her mother. She was so focused on Naomi’s massive dark red wig.

“The first thought in my head was, ‘No, I don’t want to hug her or comfort her,'” she recalled. I want to remove her wig.” “Because that was the dynamic of our relationship. She was tough and tender.”

Naomi has been in a long battle with mental health issuesand shared some of her struggles in her memoir, River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Grew Up with Hope. Her family also revealed that she was battling PTSD and bipolar disorder.

Both Judd women were “alpha and firm” with each other, and tenderness was not something they shared easily.

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“It was hard for me sometimes to be tender with my mom, because I’m the lead singer, and I’m in his own version of life, on my own journey,” Judd continued. “And I think it happened to me, though. All of a sudden, she looked at me and backed away, and I knew then something wasn’t right in terms of her being a little bit, like, nervous. Which I think is a godsend. She kind of reached out and touched her hand.” Like, “I’m here. I got you. There is nothing wrong.”

Winona Judd (L) poses with Naomi Judd at the CMT Awards on April 11.

Winona Judd (L) poses with Naomi Judd at the CMT Awards on April 11.
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The Judds (pictured in 1991) with Naomi Judd (left) and her daughter Wynonna earned 14 number one singles and five Grammy Awards in the '80s and early '90s.

The Judds (pictured in 1991) with Naomi Judd (left) and her daughter Wynonna earned 14 number one singles and five Grammy Awards in the ’80s and early ’90s.
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She added, “I’m glad I did, because that was the last time we performed together. I’m glad I didn’t stay stuck in my happily ever after perfectionism, I guess.”

Mother and daughter were about to embark on a reunion tour to remember fans of their favorite 80’s and 90’s hits from The Judds, one of the Most successful musical of the genre with five Grammy Awards, nine CMA Awards, and 14 number-one singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

One day after Naomi’s suicide, The Judds are ushered in Country Music Hall of Fame.

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Naomi’s husband of 33 years, Larry Strickland, was given “total power” over her estate after her death.

In 1990, Naomi announced her retirement from performing due to chronic hepatitis. Wynonna has continued her solo career, and they have reunited occasionally to perform on specials.

Wynonna Judd opened up to fans during an intimate event in Tennessee last year to announce her upcoming show,

Wynonna Judd opened up to fans during an intimate event in Tennessee last year to announce her upcoming special, “The Judds: Love is Alive – The Final Concert.”
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Naomi Judd has named her husband, Larry Strickland, 33, as the executor of her final will.  The couple posed for a 2005 photo shoot in Los Angeles, California.

Naomi Judd has named her husband, Larry Strickland, 33, as the executor of her final will. The couple posed for a 2005 photo shoot in Los Angeles, California.
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They were supposed to embark on The Judds reunion tour, which was announced at the award ceremony.

Wynonna went on to continue on “The Final Tour” and added in some famous faces, including Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Brandi Carlile, Kelsea Ballerini, and Trisha Yearwood. She talks to her mother as if she is still standing next to her.

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“I talk to her a lot about it [how] She said, “I don’t understand, I don’t understand, I don’t understand.” I kept saying, ‘Why, why, why did you do this? Why did you do this? Why did you do this?’ I talk to her a lot… I keep agonizing over for a long time, “Why did you do this?”

Naomi’s death continues to be a difficult topic for Wynonna as it is for her fans.

Winona said she wanted her mom's fans to remember her for being her

Wynonna said she wanted her mom’s fans to remember her for being “so cute”.
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“I want to help others so they don’t do what my mom did [did]She added, “I talked to her a lot about what am I supposed to do now? We were supposed to record together. We were supposed to do this tour together. We’re supposed to, supposed to…”Life’s a mystery, you know?”

She insisted that her life not be overshadowed by Naomi’s death.

“My mother was so sweet,” said the “Nobody on Earth” singer. “Always made people feel—whether it was a limo driver or a maid in the lobby—she was always talking to everyone. She’ll be remembered for that, the kindness. And the people who didn’t know her, I’d say give her a break, because they’ll judge her based on what they know about her.” suicide.”

She added, “I’d like people to remember her for being an amazing songwriter. She’s still my queen.”

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