The Judds' Oprah Show Retrospective
Naomi was also asked about her youngest daughter, Ashley. "She should be arriving in Hollyweird, California, today to be an actress," she said. "Bless her heart, she can't carry a tune in a bucket."
Though she performed twice during the show, Naomi later admitted her then-recent hepatitis C diagnosis had zapped some of her energy. "I barely remember doing that show, actually," she said. "That's when I was still hiding it."
Speechless, Don listened as Naomi shared one of her favorite memories. "We'd never been in a studio. We're sitting there just scared out of our brains—a couple of hillbilly girls in a lot of trouble, actually—and he started us out with a prayer," she said. "[He] got all the musicians around us and he said, I'll never forget it as long as I live, he said, 'Father, we ask that this be pleasing to your ears and that you use this music to heal these two girls and that this music go out into the world to help touch and heal other lives.' And from then on, our lives changed."
In their first television interview together, Naomi, Wynonna and Ashley proved they weren't only a show business dynasty—they were a family with struggles like any other. "The Judds are normal people," Naomi said. "We're unpredictable because real life is unpredictable."
Watch as Naomi, Wynonna and Ashley discuss their relationship
As the Judds took questions from fans, the conversation eventually turned to Wynonna's weight—and lead to one of her most triumphant Oprah Show moments ever.
Watch the moment that had Oprah high-fiving Wynonna!
Naomi, a certified nurse, said she used a combination of conventional and complementary medicine to treat her mind, body and spirit. "Never ever, ever give up hope. Cling to hope because it's going to help you cope," she said. "Use my story as an example. Let me give you hope. "
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Ashley also took a canoe to a remote village of 100 people that had no indoor plumbing, garbage floating in the river used for bathing and mosquitoes the size of her hand! Still, she said her weeklong adventure taught her a lot about the spirit of life.
During the interview, Natalie revealed Ashley is "the queen of games." Ashley taught Oprah how to play her favorite, Druthers, and asked a question no one could have seen coming: "Would you rather have a third big boob or a big third buttock?"
Watch to see Oprah's answer
Aside from healthy eating and plenty of sleep, Naomi said peace was the key to feeling and looking radiant. "Happiness is the best cosmetic—it gives you less lines, less wrinkles," she said. "I'm not growing older; I'm just growing."
Ashley said the experience taught her not to live in fear of the paparazzi. "About three or four weeks out, a bunch of things were in the newspapers and they were all totally correct, and I had this, like, Victorian reaction where I got a fever. My disposition became incredibly tender and faint," she said. "And I thought: 'This is the greatest event of my life, and it's got to be like everything else. I've got to really put my philosophy to the test: Water off a duck and what really matters. You've got to let it go.'"
Read more about Wynonna's struggle with weight and the family secret she didn't learn until age 30.
With Bob's help, Wynonna committed to improving her health and getting her life back on track.
Watch Ashley and Naomi reveal why the family never addressed Wynonna's weight
Ashley also offered words of support for her sister. "For what it's worth, I think you're doing great. I want you to be happy, I want you to be healthy and I think this is an incredible odyssey and you are excavating in a way that you've never had to," she said. "I've always recommended to you to keep those elbows out fairly sharply because boundaries are good and you've sometimes resented that mine are so strong. Well, I will give them to you, willingly."
Find out why Wynonna became depressed
Seeing her own despair, Wynonna decided to take a drastic step. She told Naomi she needed space and shared how she delivered the painful news to her mother. "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.'"
Still, Wynonna hoped to find the strength to change her life. "You fall down and you get back up. And I'm in the 'getting back up' stages," she said.
See how she changed her life at home
After not speaking to her mother for six months, Wynonna reported their relationship was much better. "I'm learning to ask for what I need because we expect family members, mates, to really read our minds."
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See what they had to say about Wynonna's devastating divorce and reviving their mother-daughter relationship.