Wynnona and Naomi Judd of 'The Judds' talk family secrets
"The Judds," a reality show following Wynonna and her mother Naomi Judd premiered on Sunday on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network and the secrets starting spilling immediately, with the country singers learning things they never knew about each other, including the fact that both women were molested as children.
The six-part series follows the mother-daughter country music duo known as The Judds for their first concert tour together in a decade," The Last Encore." After one performance, Naomi revealed that secret that she'd never spoken before and in the premiere, Naomi begun crying when she came across a photograph of her abuser.
"There are so many paradoxical moments where we're just coming off stage, standing ovation after standing ovation," Wynonna told Rachel Smith of OnTheRedCarpet.com, "and we go into the dressing room and just fall apart because we are so emotional and so tired and I'm learning stuff about mom that I've never known and she's weeping because of what she's just told me, and it's the most tender - I mean, you've just seen us be alpha females out on stage, just conquering the universe and then we come off stage and we're really just in this vulnerable, tender embrace and people are gonna go 'oh my gosh.'"
The Judds are one of the most successful acts in country music history. The mother-daughter team dominated the 1980s country scene, winning five Grammy Awards and eight Country Music Awards and selling more than 20 million albums. The Judds are best known for hits like "Mama He's Crazy" and "Love Can Build a Bridge." Despite their success, the women weren't sure they wanted a reality show.
"When Oprah called, you'd think you would automatically go 'yeah, I'll do a show for you!'" Naomi told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "But this was about our personal integrity, as what I alluded to and it's really about me holding myself up to the mirror of truth and checking in with myself, making sure that I continue to be transparent."
The duo is extremely close now but their tumultuous past includes plenty of drama. Naomi, 65, revealed that she was not honest about her oldest daughter's real father in her own 2005 memoir and both women revealed last week that they had been sexually abused as children. Naomi's younger daughter Ashley Judd, recently released her memoir "All That Is Bitter & Sweet" which detailed her own painful childhood and their dysfunctional family life.
"After the show, I want people to feel better about themselves," Wynonna told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "I want them to call their mothers and go 'thank you, I love you, I know you did the best you could.' People are going to learn tools we're using for our relationship. People are going to see me and laugh a lot because I'm a work in progress."
"The Judds" airs at Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on OWN.
Reporting by Rachel Smith, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).