Seeing her own despair, Wynonna decided to take a drastic step. She told her mother, Naomi, she needed space.
"I had to write her a letter and say, 'I need some time. I want to figure out a way to disentangle without severing our ties. It feels like a death...it's sort of like the death has to happen for the rebirth. I have to do some work right now and find out what it is I want from this relationship, because I want it to be different.'"
Wynonna hopes someday that she and Naomi can learn to change the way they communicate with one another.
"Mom's a live wire and you never know what she's gonna say. And I've lived with that for years, and I guess my whole thing is—I've learned to be comedic. ... And now I'm having to say, 'I know it wasn't your intention to hurt my feelings, but you really did, and I really need for you not to do that anymore'—is very healthy and very healing. It makes her accountable."