Naomi Judd, who died on Saturday at the age of 76 due to “the disease of mental illness,” was open about her battle with depression throughout her decades-long career.
During an interview on “Good Morning America” in 2016, the “Love Can Build a Bridge” singer revealed that she had been facing “extreme” and “severe depression,” which left her housebound. Judd’s condition worsened after she and her daughter Wynonna stopped touring as The Judds in 2011.
Naomi Judd Speaks Her Mind Out
“[Fans] see me in rhinestones, Naomi Judd know, with glitter in my hair, that really is who I am,” she told Robin Roberts. “But then I would come home and not leave the house for three weeks, and not get out of my pajamas, and not practice normal hygiene. It was really bad.”
“When I came off the tour I went into this deep, dark absolutely terrifying hole and I couldn’t get out,” she confessed. “I spent two years on my couch.”
She even shared that she had seriously considered taking her own life at a bridge near her farm.
Naomi wrote a book called “River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope” in 2016, and explained that she went public with her diagnosis — which was eventually was treated with drugs and electroshock therapy — because she wanted people to know about mental illness is “not a character flaw, it’s a stinking disease.”
Naomi’s daughters, Wynonna and Ashley, have also been candid about their respective battles with depression and anxiety throughout their own tenures in Hollywood.
Wynonna, 57, told Page Six last year that she attempted suicide at 18 and still goes through bouts of depression.