Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wynonna Judd

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wynonna Judd

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Wynonna Judd rose to fame in the 1980s as half of the country music duo The Judds, with her mother, Naomi. She is known for her deep voice, fiery red hair and rock star attitude.

But she also has made headlines for her outspoken personality and for publicly dealing with issues ranging from food addiction to her tumultuous relationship with her mother and sister, actress Ashley Judd, who has announced she is considering a run for the U.S. Senate.

Everything has been documented in Ms. Judd's almost 20 appearances on the "Oprah Winfrey Show," a book and a reality show.

Her husband and drummer, Cactus Moser, had his leg amputated after his motorcycle collided with an oncoming vehicle in August -- two months after the couple married. He returned to the stage three months after the accident.

Ms. Judd shared details about her husband's recovery. She also talked about her relationship with her mother today and what she has learned from fame. She snapped when asked about a controversial comment she made about Taylor Swift winning the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year award in 2009, which she called premature for the young singer.

Q: Why did you and your mother choose to be so open about your private lives?

A: I know my house manager and my band and my assistant are going to tell on me if I don't. So I know I might as well say it first. That way they can't call me and say, "I want $100,000 or I'll tell the story about dot, dot, dot." I can say say I already talked about it on "Oprah." There's nothing you have on me so you can just forget it (laughs).

Q: Do you ever regret saying or doing anything in your career?

A: I've had a tendency to be late. The reason I've been late, it's because I procrastinate. I didn't realize it for the longest time. I had to really work hard to get back to a place I was respected in that department.

Q: How did becoming famous at an early age, 18, affect you?

A: When you become famous, you're in a battle for your life. …

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