Naomi Judd will reopen family lawsuits between Wynonna and Ashley

By: Dan Cooper

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Naomi Judd’s tragic suicide on April 30 — a day before her induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame — was the catalyst for a new family drama.

This week, the singer’s eldest daughter, Wynonna, revealed that she will contest her mother’s will, which did not foresee anything for her or her stepsister, actress Ashley Judd.

Instead, Naomi named her 33-year-old husband, Larry Strickland, as executor of her $25 million fortune.

While Strickland has no children, the late leader of the legendary group The Judds reconfirmed her decision to exclude her own, giving instructions that, in case her husband couldn’t, the executor would pass to her brother, Reginald.

Now, according to dailymail, Wynonna’s decision to oppose her mother’s wishes would be motivated by a “deep sense of injustice and latent discord that has plagued the family for decades.”

According to a source close to the family revealed that “Wynonna is upset with the fact that her mother left all her wealth to Larry. Wy believes Naomi built her fortune, at least in part, on her work and talent.”

The insider explained that Wynonna claims she was the lead singer of The Judds, since the 1980s, and took Naomi from working as a nurse to being a music star.

“Naomi sang the harmonies and acted as the leader on stage, but it was Wynonna’s incredible voice that took them to the top,” the source said.

The Judds were the most successful country group of the 80s, with more than 20 million records sold around the world, five Grammys and nine CMAs.

Naomi’s will also failed to mention the distribution of the duo’s song catalog, meaning that any part she owned would be for Strickland, which would be “another bitter drink for Wynonna.”

She drafted her will in 2017, “being in her right mind and having memory,” but, as the source confirmed, “Wynonna is considering contesting [the will].”

According to the outlet, Wynonna’s belief that she deserves some of her mother’s inheritance has also pitted her against her sister, Ashley, putting their differences in evidence and bringing out old quarrels.

The source said Ashley has sided with Strickland because of her mother’s decision.

“Ashley Judd has no problem with her late mother, Naomi, leaving her entire $25 million fortune to her second husband, Larry Strickland,” she said. He added that Wynonna has long had a troubled relationship with money, spending habits and her mother, whom she called “my dear enemy.”

The singer’s strained relationship with money, a family insider told Radar, was the reason for Naomi’s decision to leave her estate in her husband’s hands, rather than inherit a portion from her eldest daughter.

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