The Judds' Last Encore
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Wynonna was a teenager when she and her mother began their rise to superstardom as the Judds. With five Grammys, 14 number one hits and 20 million albums sold, they quickly established themselves as country music legends.
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The Judds toured for eight years—some of which were fraught with mother-daughter tension—before a hepatitis C diagnosis forced Naomi to retire in 1991.
Four months later, Wynonna launched a successful solo career and sold out stadium after stadium. Meanwhile, her younger sister, Ashley, made a name for herself as a Hollywood actress.
After triumphing over personal struggles, the Judds have come full circle. In November 2010, they will kick off their "Last Encore" tour.
Now, in what may be their farewell Oprah Show interview, Wynonna and Naomi are doing what they do best—having a no-holds-barred conversation.
Now, Wynonna hopes to help others by sharing how she survived an unimaginable betrayal. In 2007, Wynonna's then-husband, Daniel Roach, was convicted of attempted aggravated sexual battery against a minor.
Wynonna says she was in a public place when she first learned of Roach's arrest. "I'm literally in an airport on a golf cart, and people are pointing at me. 'Oh, she's the girl on the 5 o' clock news.'"
Five days after Roach's arrest, Wynonna filed for divorce from the man who had once been her bodyguard. The ordeal, Wynonna says, broke her wide open. "I trusted him with my life, and I didn't want to stop trusting [people]," she says. "It's a little tough because once burned, forever fears the fire. I didn't want to be hell hath no fury like a woman scorned."
Still, she admits she did know the child. "That's what's so scary is that it is someone that you know," she says. "There's a trust there. There's a bond."
Wynonna says she's had to step back from the child and his or her family since the incident. "They're in the [healing] process, and it's none of my business," she says. "I had to separate from it or it would have killed me. I literally had to physically, emotionally and spiritually literally place them at the feet of Jesus."
Wynonna says Roach struggled with addiction, and her family had to learn to heal from that. "That saved me, making sure that my children, that we, could break the cycle of addiction," she says. "It's baffling. It's cunning. We are not our diseases."
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According to Wynonna, Roach is in recovery. "He's sober, and that's what matters to me now."
In the end, Wynonna found strength in focusing on what was best for her and her children. "The best revenge is living well," she says. "I cleaned out my house, got rid of everything that reminded me of him."
Forgiveness, she says, is an ongoing process. "[I] haven't forgotten, but I have forgiven. Enough that I humanly can," she says. "I don't wish him dead or anything like that. I just wish to be one of those people that doesn't spend my life being defined by that."
In July, Wynonna escaped a near-fatal car crash. "[A] guy fell asleep and hit me head-on at 55 miles per hour," she says. "They life-flighted him, and I walked away because [the rental company] upgraded me to an SUV because they love my music."
Wynonna says she's lucky to be alive. "I'm grateful to be anywhere," she says. "I used to wake up and say, 'Oh, God, it's morning.' Now I say, 'Good morning, God.'"
As a result, Wynonna's loving her spirit and her body. "Let's just put it this way: I don't look in the mirror and go, 'You suck,'" she says. "The other day, a guy half my age asked me out, and I said: ''I admire your courage, but you're not showing good sense. I could eat you up alive.'"
Wynonna says she's on fire from head to toe and even took her first child-free vacation in five years.
Oprah: "Did you do any frisky, feisty stuff with anybody?"
Wynonna: "Hell yeah."
Oprah: "Are you dating someone now?"
Wynonna: "Hell yeah. But I'm not going to say any more about it. Let's just say I have a pep in my step."
Wynonna says she's also found balance. "I just started to say no, which was painful. I started to work less," she says. "And I'm making more because I'm making decisions based on faith, not fear."
Her need to please is also a thing of the past. "I don't have to solve everything, and I don't care as much if everyone loves me," she says.
Instead, Wynonna enjoys the present. "Before I came [onstage], I stopped and I looked around. I paid attention to my environment and where I'm at," she says. "I'm not so hell-bent on the destination. I know it's a journey. I'm in a really good place."
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On past tours, Naomi and Wynonna have shared a bus. Not this time! "I'm going to have my husband on the bus," Naomi says. "I'm taking four dogs."
"I ain't taking nobody," Wynonna jokes.
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The women have also worked on setting boundaries and saying no to one another in more constructive ways. "We're moving forward by saying, 'Mom, what I hear you saying is that really doesn't work for you,'" Wynonna says. "I don't have to like it. I don't have to agree with it. [I can say], 'I still think you're crazy,' whatever. But I can say, 'I really understand why you feel that way.'"
Their newfound openness, Wynonna says, has blessed them with the gift of listening. "We call it last-drop listening," she says. "When they're finished and there's a pause, rather than thinking of what you're going to say, you literally pause and you say, 'Is there more?'"
In fact, Wynonna says she wants to tour to have the opportunity to understand Naomi as a person, not just a mother. "I used to say, 'If it's not one thing, it's your mother,' and make jokes," Wynonna says. "I feel like this is a chance for me to really know who she is. Because before I was so reactive and I was so worried about just trying to survive and stand up for myself and push back and now I'm like: 'I release you. I let you go. I love you.'"
Naomi says she's proud of Wynonna. "I love what Darwin said: 'It's not the strongest or the smartest of us that survive. It's the one that's willing to evolve and adapt,'" Naomi says. "I always tell her she'll go far. Flexible, adaptable, resilient."
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