Actress Ashley Judd has revealed shocking details of a childhood full of lies, pain and sexual abuse, growing up with country music legend Naomi Judd, as a mother. All this and more is revealed in Ashley’s autobiography, “All That Is Bitter & Sweet”, which hits stores today.
In it, Ashley tells how the happy family image that Naomi wished to portray was nothing but a lie. But perhaps her sister, Wynona, disagrees. Ashley’s mother and sister have in the past both been quoted as saying that their family “put the ‘fun’ in dysfunction”. Ashley is not sure exactly who was having the fun, but it wasn’t her.
Ashley also reveals that their mother lied to Wynona and the man himself about the identity of her father. It was not Michael Ciminella (father to Ashley) as they believed, but was in fact Charlie Jordan, who refused to have anything to do with the baby.
Drugs were a constant feature of home life, both before her parents dissolved when Ashley was very young and afterward, when Ashley’s mother moved in with an “abusive full-blown heroin addict with a criminal record.”
Like all abused kids, Ashley thought this was normal, even when left alone for long periods and often sent to live with relatives.
“I often felt like an outsider observing my mom’s life as she followed her own dreams,” she said.
Her childhood problems and an instance of sexual abuse led Ashley to suffer from depression.
“An old man everyone knew beckoned me into a dark, empty corner… and offered me a quarter for the pinball machine at the pizza place if I’d sit on his lap,” Ashley said. At that point, he held her tight, kissing her hard and pushing his tongue into her mouth.
All this, and more, is revealed in Ashley Judd’s autobiography, “All That Is Bitter & Sweet” – on bookshelves today!