TIES THAT BIND

An emotional Wynonna Judd opens up to talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey about her weight probolem, DUI arrest -- and a hidden family secret

Wynonna Judd finally made time for the pain. For years, she's harbored bitterness over a long-held family secret and silently endured struggles with her weight. But recently Wynonna realized that she could no longer stare down those demons by herself. She needed help.

So she turned to the one person she knew could provide that help - her friend, the popular talkshow host Oprah Winfrey. In an emotionally charged Oprah telecast - titled "Wynonna Judd: Fighting for Her Life" - the country superstar broke down in tears as she opened up about her ongoing personal battles.

It didn't take long for Wy to cut loose. At the very beginning of the show, which aired in February, she revealed that her weight has never been higher. "I'm afraid of going another year and not doing something about it," she told Oprah.

Wy couldn't even admit that to her own mother, Naomi Judd. But she could tell Oprah - and there are plenty of reasons.

To read more about Wynonna and Oprah, pick up this week's issue of Country Weekly magazine!

-- Story by Bob Paxman

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