Naomi Judd Reveals She’s Suffering From ‘Debilitating’ Depression

Kaitlan Collins | White House Correspondent

Naomi Judd is suffering from “debilitating and life-threatening” mental illness.

(Photo: GMA screengrab)

(Photo: GMA screengrab)

The 70-year-old country star opened up about her battle with depression that has forced her to hide from the public during an interview with Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” Tuesday.

“They think, because they see me in rhinestones, you know, with glitter in my hair, that really is who I am,” Judd said. “I’m sort of a fantasy ’cause I want to provide that for them. But then I would come home and not leave the house for three weeks and not get outta my pajamas, not practice normal hygiene.”

“It was really bad,” she said. (RELATED: Naomi Judd Accused Of Calling Grits ‘Slave Food’)


Judd, who recently wrote the book “River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope,” said she is going public about her depression now to help others.

Naomi Judd

(Photo: GMA screengrab)

“Because what I’ve been through is extreme,” she said.

“Because it was so deep and so completely debilitating and life-threatening and because I have processed and worked so hard for these last four years.”

“If I live through this, I want someone to be able to see that they can survive.”

(Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

(Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Judd said she estranged from her daughter Ashley Judd.

“Ashley and I are so stinkin’ much alike,” she said. “I mean we have the same mannerisms. We both read a whole lot. We both love new places. I mean there’s such similarities.”

“From the day I knew she existed, it was the two of us against the world and then through the decades we kind of grew up together, ’cause it was really just the two of us. And I’m always tellin’ her, ‘If I’d known better, I would have done better.'”

“So Wy bore the brunt of all of the mistakes I made and we talk about ’em,” she added. “We’ve been through a lot of therapy together.”

“If she sees this, and I hope she does, ’cause the smartest thing is for all of us to feel known, no matter what’s goin’ on. Be truthful,” Naomi continued.

“I think she’ll say, ‘Good for you, Mom, for finally being willing to talk about the bad stuff.'”

Kaitlan Collins

White House Correspondent


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