Winona Judd fights with Ashley over their mother Naomi’s will

Regarding claims of a falling out with her sister Ashley, Winona Judd is clearing things up. The country singer, 58, and the actress, 54, let it be known in this week’s PEOPLE cover story that “no debate” between them concerning the estate of their late mother Naomi.

“Someone said to me while I was at Ashley’s house, ‘Hey, did you know they’re saying this about you?’ I went, “Huh? Am I fighting with Ashley? o Again?'” Winona remembers. “Fighting for what? I have such a great life. Ashley has a great life. Why fight over the will?’

Winona claims that Naomi Strickland, who killed herself in April aged 76, appointed Larry Strickland as administrator of her estate before she passed away. Winona claims that she and Ashley will “split” the estate after he dies, and she has no intention of contesting the will.

“I’m the last person in this family — and if Ashley was here, I hope she’d agree with me — who knows things like that,” she says. “I’m not articulate enough to go, ‘I’m going to contest the will.’ It never occurred to me.”

Winona, whose father is Charles Jordan, and Ashley, whose father is Michael Simenella, claim that their relationship only grew after their mother’s death.

Winona Judd argues with Ashley about their mother's will
Winona Judd argues with Ashley about their mother’s will

“I feel like we’re connected in such a different way because I’m an orphan,” she says. “Both my parents are gone and I rely on Ashley. She relies on me in a different compassionate way. It’s not about being successful, smart and capable. It’s about “I love you.” ‘I love you too.’ We are vulnerable with each other and we are tender.

“As sisters, we disagree on so much,” she adds. “But when it comes to our mom, we both look at each other and say, ‘She was a great character.’

The relationship between the sisters has been rocky over the years and it’s been a rough road for them. Ashley and Naomi were absent during Winona’s low-key wedding to Cactus Moser in 2012.

“[Ashley and I] were 14 and 18 years apart from success,” says Winona. “So we’ve missed a lot of time together.”

Winona, who kicked off The Judds: The Final Tour on September 30, claims she and Ashley have been able to improve their situation with the help of a life coach.

“Ashley and I are very different people, and we’re learning that we have more in common than we don’t,” she says. “It’s interesting because you think there’s more disconnect when you’re younger. We had an intense conversation the other day and we got through it and nobody got hurt.”

“We were able to work on the process our life coach gave us: communication, compromise and compassion,” she continues. “In my disagreements with Ashley and Mom, I never stopped loving them because I knew that behind it all there was a place for us to meet and connect. I tell people: try to find something in common with each other. When everything goes to hell, Ashley and I can play cards and get along.”

After all, “the best revenge is living well,” Winona says, “and the relationship I have with my sister is the strongest in my life.”

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Winona Judd wants out of the story. In particular, she doesn’t believe the rumors that she and her sister Ashley are fighting over their mother Naomi’s estate.

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