While grieving the tragic death of her mother, Ashley Judd suffered another broken leg in what she described as “just this strange accident”.

She revealed Wednesday while appearing on Zoom opposite Professor Dr. Jonathan Flint at UCLA as part of the Open Mind lecture series and conversation series put together by Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.

The injury – a femoral condyle fracture she sustained sometime during the summer – came less than two years after Ashley fell during a hiking trip in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In February 2021, she tripped over a fallen tree, sustained a “catastrophic” injury that shattered her leg in four places and led to a harrowing rescue and months-long recovery.

Ashley told Flint that the latest fracture was much less serious and “healed in two months, split.” Foolishness is associated with grief, and there were other people in our family who, after my mom died, fell down stairs and had accidents, and that’s what happened to me. It really allowed me to grieve. It really allowed me to stop what I was working on in that moment and to grieve. “.

Naomi Judd died on April 30 of a gunshot wound at her Tennessee home, the home she shared with longtime husband Larry Strickland. Ashley previously revealed that she was the one who spotted her mom shortly after the shooting. Strickland was seen over Ashley’s shoulder at the start of Wednesday’s online event where she revealed that the internet outage in her home prompted her to scramble and head to “mom and pop house” to get Wi-Fi.

Well done, Ashley was able to dig with Flint on a variety of topics related to her personal history including intergenerational trauma, childhood harassment, 12-step recovery, spirituality, the value of community, coping mechanisms, life in the spotlight and how she navigates Among the online haters, especially now that she’s said she’s gained weight as a result of her second leg injury.

Ashley has also opened up about how she handled her mother’s death, and is quickly taking credit for her inner circle. “The day my beloved mother committed suicide, I had a lot of people to call. There were five women who were with me within moments of my sharing that tragic news with them, and they were my chosen sisters,” Ashley recalls. “I was just thinking about it overnight. I had one of my two a.m. awakenings overnight, and I was thinking about those first days after she passed away and how there was always someone with me in my house.”

And when that happened, she added, her partner – a man she didn’t name but said to be a researcher named Martin Sorbek – happened to be in Europe. Thank God, because Bob was also in Europe and my partner traveled to Vienna to collect pop music and take it home. [because] Ashley explained that Bob would never have been able to sail that voyage across the Atlantic on his own. “That was a real blessing, but my friend slept with me in bed and held my hand all night. That is the value of society.”

Her community would wrap her around, organize the food, take out the trash, clean the balconies and also “put the covers on the furniture at night” when it was still dewy outside. “My community held me in body, and kept my home, and kept my soul,” she praised.

Ashley has stated that she is doing well now, something her “wisdom teacher” confirmed earlier in the day. “I just spent some time with my wisdom teacher today, and there is a lot going on in my life right now. We are getting close to [six] One month anniversary of my mother’s death and visiting my sister on tour,” she said, referring to Winona Judd, who was due to tour in front of her mother and longtime collaborator. “I see a couple of concerts this weekend, which stirs a lot of deep sadness. Of joy and sadness.”

She continued, “There’s the legal part of what’s going on with my family, and the wisdom teacher noted that I seemed very grounded and centered today. That’s because I do my morning exercises and meditation.”

Although she did not elaborate on this “legal piece,” it was rumored that Naomi’s death led to a fight between sisters Ashley and Winona over will and property. The latter denied the occurrence of such a dispute and this week only during his appearance on NBC todayCloser than they have been in a long time, said the sisters. “We love each other and we show off for each other. We don’t agree on much but we support each other,” said Winona, who continues the tour of The Judds, with dates until 2023.

Speaking of her sister, Ashley said that she previously attended one of those concerts. After the outing, she shared a picture of herself on Instagram and while not hoping for the comments, she’s sure “there’s a bunch of people out there who are acting really fierce” about the fact that she gained some weight as a result of her leg injury and her grief over her mother’s death.

“I’ve gained some weight and I’m sure people are talking about it but I don’t really care about it because I know it’s a temporary condition and the weight will be gone when it’s supposed to. It’s none of my business what people think of me,” she said. “It’s none of my business at all. I have healthy boundaries about it, but I also know that misogyny is a real thing in our culture. Trying to be a super fit 54 year old woman and gaining some weight. It will spark some sexual conversations by both men and women and others in our culture.”

Flint asked Ashley to present any lessons she had learned from life in the public eye as someone who felt the glare of the media. She responded by saying that healthy boundaries are good for her mental health, self-esteem should come from within, and her identity should be “self-generated and validated.”

She concluded by presenting this life lesson: “Thirty-three percent of people will like me no matter what I do, 33 percent of people don’t really care, and 33 percent of people won’t like me no matter what I do. Globally, it’s not my business what other people think of me.” It’s between me and the God of my understanding.My core values ​​are placed with my most intimate friends, my closest advisor – like a spiritual director or the kind of pastor/mentor who knows me, knows my heart and knows my soul – and the rest is constant. That’s really what I’ve learned by being in the media – I can’t take care of myself and someone else’s feelings at the same time.”

See the full conversation below.

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