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Ashley Judd reportedly said on Wednesday that the awkwardness associated with bereavement led to her breaking her leg earlier this year following the death of her mother.
The ‘Double Jeopardy’ actress, 54, said in a series of conversations in association with Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA that the “freak accident” s fractured her femoral condyle near her knee last summer just months after her mother Naomi Judd, 76, died by suicide, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Judd said she was the one who reunited with her mother on April 30 at the country music star’s home in Tennessee.
The actress said her leg injury wasn’t serious and healed in “two months, in the blink of an eye” and made her pause to cry.
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“It was what it was,” she said. “Clumsiness is associated with grief, and there were other people in our family, after mum died, who fell down the stairs and had accidents, and that’s exactly what mine looked like. It really allowed me to cry. It really allowed me to stop what I was working on at the time and grieve.”
Two years ago, the ‘High Crimes’ star suffered a far more serious injury when she tripped over a fallen tree while hiking in the Democratic Republic of Congo, breaking her leg in four places.
She also talked about how her friends helped her through the first days after her mother’s death.
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“The day my beloved mother died by suicide, I had so many people to call,” she said, speaking via Zoom at her “mom and dad’s” house in the same room as her husband’s. mother of 33 years, Larry Strickland. “There were five women who were with me moments after I shared this tragic news with them, and they are my chosen sisters. I was just thinking during the night. morning during the night, and I reflected on those first days after his death and how there was always someone with me at home.”
She said her partner was in Europe when it happened, and he “flew to Vienna to pick up Pop,” who was also in Europe, “and brought him home. [because] Pop could never have piloted this transatlantic flight alone. It was a real blessing.”
She continued, “But my friend slept with me in bed and held my hand all night. That’s the value of community.”
Judd said she is doing better as she approaches the sixth anniversary of her mother’s death. She plans to see two Wynonna Judd concerts this weekend. Wynonna was supposed to tour with her mother before she died.
“I see two of the concerts this weekend, which brings up a lot of deep emotions, both joy and sorrow,” she said.
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Both she and Wynonna have denied rumors that they are “fighting” for their mother’s estate after she was left out of her will.
“I feel like we’re connected in such a different way because I’m an orphan,” Wynonna told People magazine earlier this month. “Both my parents are gone and I’m counting on Ashley. She’s counting on me in a different way, it’s about compassion. It’s not about being successful and being smart and capable. It’s about of ‘I love you’. ‘I love you too.’ We are vulnerable with each other, and we are tender.”
Ashley also opened up about ignoring social media, which she says contains “despicable” comments about how she gained weight following her injury and bereavement.
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“I’ve gained weight, and I’m sure people talk about it, but I don’t pay attention to it because I know it’s a temporary condition and the weight will come off when it’s supposed to. “, she said. said. “It’s none of my business what people think of me. It’s absolutely none of my business. I have a healthy boundary about it, but I also know that misogyny is a real thing in our culture. Being once an ultra-fit woman who is 54 and gaining weight is going to spark some very sexist conversations from men, women, and other people in our culture.
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