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  • 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 16 hours ago +255

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

  • Off Cam Celebs
    Off Cam Celebs 14 hours 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..

  • Stephanie Bria
    Stephanie Bria 14 hours ago +29

    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.

  • Tristram Shandy
    Tristram Shandy 16 hours ago +155

    "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.

  • Josh Bolton
    Josh Bolton 14 hours ago +23

    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
    Becky A lovely girl 12 hours ago +6

    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! ❤️❤️❤️

  • Valerie Moran
    Valerie Moran 16 hours 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.

  • Tracy Grigsby
    Tracy Grigsby 16 hours 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.

  • Bianca Johnson
    Bianca Johnson 14 hours 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

  • E. J. Douglas
    E. J. Douglas 16 hours 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.

  • Melissa Gahn
    Melissa Gahn 16 hours ago +45

    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.

  • llggomezz
    llggomezz 16 hours ago +29

    My heart breaks for Ashley and Wynonna. I can't imagine Ashley discovering her mother. I'll just be praying for them and their family. Mental illness is real. It is not just someone having a bad day.

  • Mst Papiya
    Mst Papiya 7 hours ago +1

    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.

  • S
    S 16 hours 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.

  • JustFab Bermuda
    JustFab Bermuda 16 hours ago +48

    I can't not stop crying, my heart goes out to this family. I'm so proud that Ashley and the rest of her family made the decision to get in front of how their beloved mom passed away and told what they wanted to share, before the media hounds got a hold of this. Now let this beautiful family mourn is peace.

  • Lori D
    Lori D 16 hours 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

  • Irene Siwczyk
    Irene Siwczyk 16 hours ago +289

    She was seen, she was heard, and she was walked home...powerful message !

  • Ava RoSe Sᴇx Cʜᴀɴɴᴇʟ 21

    A loss felt by so many, dignity due so rightfully, "she was walked home", and now, helping to shine more light on the desperate need for mental health care. Thank you for sharing. Continued prayers for the family.

  • Mark Schmandt
    Mark Schmandt 16 hours ago +205

    I hope Dwayne at Walgreens gets a dog. This was such a beautiful interview and I admire Ashley and her family for taking control of the narrative. Ashley is absolutely right that the 'gossip economy' would have relentlessly pursued this information with no regard for Naomi's dignity. As I watched this I kept hearing in my mind, 'Honor they mother.'

  • Wishpool
    Wishpool 16 hours ago +9

    Ashley is a pillar of strength to give this interview at such a difficult time (and attend the HoF awards the day after witnessing what happened to her mom). As someone who has suffered from depression & traumas, I don't think it's necessarily that Naomi felt unloved or unworthy (maybe a bit of the latter from abusive experiences when she was younger). Perhaps, it was the constant aching numbness & sadness that goes along with chemical depression? I heard Naomi comment in interviews, the depression began after her Hep C diagnosis and having to quit touring, which gave her such joy! I wonder if it's possible that Hep C altered her body chemistry, even though she survived it? She fought so hard for so long! Rest peacefully, dear Naomi. 🙏😢