She had a traumatic childhood, and Ashley Judd details the events of her youth in a new memoir titled “All That Is Bitter & Sweet,” out today.
Growing up in a showbiz family proved to be too much for the “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.”
She writes, “My mother, while she was transforming herself into the country legend Naomi Judd, created an origin myth for the Judds that did not match my reality.”
“She and my sister [Wynonna] have been quoted as saying that our family put the ‘fun’ in dysfunction. I wondered: ‘Who, exactly, was having all the fun? What was I missing?'”
“I was taught to believe that our lifestyle was normal and never to question it or complain, even when I was left alone for hours, sometimes days at a time, or when I was passed without warning to yet another relative.”
“I loved my mother, but at the same time I dreaded the mayhem and uncertainty that followed her everywhere…I often felt like an outsider observing my mom’s life as she followed her own dreams.” Agencies