Wynonna Judd Breaks Silence on Anxiety ‘Breakdown’ Earlier This Year

by Chris Haney

On Wednesday morning, country star Wynonna Judd spoke out about her experience with an anxiety induced breakdown earlier this year.

Judd, 56, broke her silence on the matter during an appearance on “Fox & Friends.” She talked about living on her Tennessee farm where she’s stayed since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Additionally, she opened up on her longtime struggles with anxiety and her road to recovery.

“I’m here and I’ve been here since 1984 and I’m not going to stop. I’m finding joy and sorrow here on the land. It’s called real life, I guess,” Judd explained to the Fox hosts. 

The country singer says she’s battled anxiety since the early years of becoming famous. In March, as the pandemic hit, she says she had a mental breakdown. However, she shared that the event also led to a breakthrough.

“I’m constantly talking about my healing and recovery process,” she continued. “I was famous at 18. I’m an introvert, and I’ve battled anxiety since the beginning of the Judds. When I came home in March, I had a bit of what they call a breakdown and a breakthrough.

In addition, Judd says that solitude became a healthy option instead of relying on her medication. In fact, the musician is now detoxing from her prescribed medications.

“I discovered that silence can be isolation and also solitude, so I’m working that progress thing. And I just needed an option other than the three medications I was taking. I chose to say, ‘OK, let’s get real,'” Judd said honestly. “I just said, ‘I need help.’ And I reached out to the people that you reach out to and I said, ‘What can I do to be a part of the solution, not the problem?'”

Wynonna Judd Says She’s A ‘Work in Progress’

The country artist has a new venture that has helped with her recovery and hopes it can help others as well. She created a new company called Harmony, which sells her own brand of CBD products. The singer says it’s used for both its calming effects and for pain relief.

“I’ve had a lot of accidents in my life. I’ve lived dangerously. I’m just a part of the process and I’m a work in progress,” Judd admits. “Harmony helps me to just move through my day. I got up this morning, I took a shower, I did my kegels, I put on my great bra. Here I am America! There’s no secret guys. We’re all struggling to find a way. For me, it’s being to purpose. I sing because I’m in pain, I sing because I’m happy, I sing to the fans.”

For Judd, singing during quarantine has been therapeutic. She’s been treating her fans to virtual concerts, and her next online gig takes place on Dec. 20. Her mother, Naomi Judd, will join her for the virtual show, which fans can watch directly on her website.

The country star also spoke about her other family members during the “Fox & Friends” appearance. She talked about reuniting with her sister, Ashley Judd, who has not gotten along with the singer and their mother over the years.

“I played cards with Ashley over the hill last week. We agree to disagree. We’re trying to find a way to connect in a world that’s somewhat divided,” she said of their relationship.

Judd says that the COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on everyone, but also admitted that it’s been “sweet and simple.”

“It’s not easy but we feed the animals, we cook, we clean, and we try to keep our people employed,” she concluded.