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"I think Wynonna feels judged and feels like she's always struggling to try to live up to my expectations," Naomi reveals to USA Weekend.
It's a charge her daughter doesn't completely refute. "For me, the challenge is I pretty much came out of the womb feeling a major responsibility to take care of [Mom]," she acknowledges.
While Naomi admits her family line includes a long history of dysfunction, she credits Wy with ending the painful cycle. "She's the one who has reversed the curse in our family," Naomi says of her eldest. "It's a strange legacy but all the things that my mother does wrong help me to see how to be with Wynonna and [younger daughter] Ashley [Judd]."
The lack of involvement from Naomi's own mother, Polly, is a source of pain that continues today. "My mother doesn't [really] have a clue who I am," Naomi acknowledges. "But I give up any expectation of an outcome."
The family unit was brought even more into the spotlight with the recent release of Ashley's book, 'All That Is Bitter and Sweet,' chronicling her problematic childhood filled with alleged sexual abuse and exposure to drugs. While the book divulges many shocking details, the Judds insist they are closer than ever.
"People are trying to pit us against each other," Wynonna insists. "We agree to disagree in this family."
"I support Ashley," adds Naomi. "We all have three different realities of the same car ride of the nightmares we were in. It's her turn to tell her side of the story."
Wy adds that the omission of her younger sister in their new reality show has nothing to do with any personal friction. "Two Judds is enough for any series," she deadpans.
The idea to do the documentary series was to specifically highlight their own imperfections, in hopes of inspiring others. "This show is going to help people feel better about themselves and [make them] want to do better in their relationships," Wynonna notes.
"Some of this stuff we go through [on the show] is ugly; it's uncomfortable," Naomi acknowledges, although she also maintains that she has a personal responsibility to share her story. "I'm on a missionary zeal to help other mothers out there."
But the decision to go public with their story was not an easy one, especially for Naomi, who admits she is "terrified" about the potential backlash. "We all want to be accepted," she says.
Still, while much of their inner turmoil has been a shocking revelation, the family is stronger than ever now. "I think now, coming out of it, that we're on this healing road," Naomi explains to The Boot. "I really think the three of us have created a new normal."
'The Judds' airs Sundays at 10:00 PM EST on OWN.