Naomi Judd Responds to Ashley Judd Memoir

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Country music legend Naomi Judd was not a picture-perfect mom.

That much is quite obvious from Ashley Judd's allegations of incest and sexual abuse suffered as a child. Not by Naomi, per se, but on her train wreck mom's watch.

"I will probably get around to reading it, because as a mom, I certainly want to honor her reality," Naomi says of Ashley's memoir, All That is Bitter and Sweet.

"I was horrible," Naomi said. "I didn't know any better."

Ashley Judd's book alleges a childhood of "trauma, abandonment, addiction and shame," and does not mince words about her family's role in all of the above.

Her older sister Wynonna admits that her sister's allegations - a constant flow of pot in the house, sexual abuse by a neighbor and more - have made things tense.

Reading the manuscript, Wynonna said, put her in "an unbearable place between two women that I really love." True, that kind of thing makes holidays awkward ...

Also awkward: Naomi and Wynonna are in the midst of promoting their new OWN reality show, just as the book comes out. Bad PR or GENIUS PR? You decide.

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the three judds are brave woman with the one thing that we all have in common, that is to be human.

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Personally, I'm getting really sick of people vomiting up the guts of their lives for the whole world to see, read, hear,etc. Is it to get attention? Is it to punish family members or others? Is it to sell books, do interviews, etc.? If a person was abused in any way, get help. Get psychotherapy, tell someone you can confide in, and try to work through it. I don't want to deal with anyone else's mess or even hear about it. There's simply no need to make everything about your life public.

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Skydiver wrote: "...who shares this stuff with the public unless they don't care about their family and they just want attention? Ashley's low class behavior makes me believe she was probably raised by low class people...It also makes me believe that she must not have a lot of fans since this is what it takes to get attention..." Wow, MTE. Not keeping secrets doesn't mean humiliating your family publicly. Ashley's so-called brilliant therapists thought this was the right way to heal her relationships with her family? Everyone involved seems like they have a few screws loose.

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I have not read the book but saw Ashley Judd interviewed by Tavis Smiley on PBS - it was a wonderful interview...she's a brave person with a kind heart..what's not to like. Tavis is cool too.

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At least for me, it's very bad PR. The Judds were just a bit before my time, but I enjoyed Naomi and Wynona singing and was never really impressed by Ashley or her movies... So for me it went from "I just barely like this this family" to "These people disgust me." And honestly, who shares this stuff with the public unless they don't care about their family and they just want attention? Ashley's low class behavior makes me believe she was probably raised by low class people and it's all true. It also makes me believe that she must not have a lot of fans since this is what it takes to get attention, so I was right about her acting. This book is just too much. I'm still shocked. I know other people have made such confessions, but so far it's been people I expected it from. And I haven't read it, but all the details it's supposed have?? Just disgusting.