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Wynonna Judd's Personal Life — 3 Marriages, Troubled Daughter, Betrayal, and Mr Right

Oyin Balogun
May 31, 2021
05:00 A.M.
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Country music legend Wynonna Judd has been married three times and is the proud mother of two kids, one of whom has had multiple run-ins with the law for drugs.


Singer Wynonna Judd has had quite a turbulent past. The country superstar has been married three times, with her second leading to divorce after her husband was arrested.

Wynonna is also the proud mother of her two children, her son Elijah, who got engaged a few years ago, and her daughter, Grace, who has had a challenging past with drugs.

Wynonna Judd performs at "Hitting the Road" Episode 102 on September 18, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images



From 1983 till 1991, Wynonna Judd performed alongside her mother, Naomi, in a duo called "The Judds." However, Wynonna and Naomi soon parted ways after the mother was diagnosed with Hepatitis C.

Following an unexpected retirement from Naomi, Wynonna set out to pursue a solo career. In 1992, the singer performed solo on TV for the first time.


With her solo career already taking off, the former duo member had plenty to celebrate. Only a year after she kicked off her solo career, Wynonna found love when she met Nashville businessman Arch Kelley III.

A year after meeting, the pair welcomed the first of Wynonna Judd's children, their son, Elijah Judd. Coming from a conservative community, Wynonna's career hit a snag as she gave birth out of wedlock.


In 1996, the singer finally tied the knot with Kelley and had their second child, Grace Pauline. In 1998, the couple parted ways. Speaking about the painful divorce and her new beginning, Wynonna said in an interview:

"I don't care how much you don't care for someone; it's a death, it's a somewhat of a feeling of failure."



Nearly five years after Wynonna divorced her first husband, Kelley, she found love again, this time in the arms of her former bodyguard, D.R Roach. Roach and Wynonna exchanged vows on November 22, 2003. His son, Zac, also joined the family.

In November 2019, Grace was granted parole and an early release from the West Tennessee State Penitentiary.

For four years, Wynonna and her husband lived together happily until chaos struck. On March 22, 2007, Roach was arrested for attempted sexual assault of a minor.


Five days after he was arrested, Wynonna filed for divorce. Devastated by her partner's crime, the singer expressed her shock and disbelief. During an interview with Oprah, she shared:

"I trusted him with my life, and I didn't want to stop trusting [people]. It's a little tough because once burned, forever fears the fire."


In an interview, Wynonna said her first response when it happened was to approach the case as a mother first and foremost. The singer also admitted that she knew what she was getting into when she married Roach as they both had their personal struggles, including addiction.

The mother-of-two said she was focused on letting justice and healing prevail as she worked on keeping her and her children safe and healthy.



Fellow Country music legend Cactus Moser and Wynonna first crossed paths back in the '80s when she was still one half of the mother-daughter duo, "The Judds." Naturally, they became friends but went on to live separate lives, unaware that fate had plans of bringing them back together.

Several decades, children, and marriages after their first meeting, the two musicians reconnected and started their fairytale romance in 2009, two years after Wynonna left her second husband, Roach.


Moser, who had three children already, finally became Wynonna Judd's husband on June 10, 2012, in an intimate wedding ceremony in her Tennessee home.

The wedding was so small that only Wynonna and Moser's kids were in attendance. The singer did not even invite her famous sister, Ashley Judd, or her mother, Naomi. She said she and her beau needed it to be exactly the way it was.



On August 18, 2012, tragedy struck the paradise created by Moser and Wynonna's love. The pair had gone motorcycle-riding with some friends in South Dakota when Moser crossed the center line and collided head-on with an oncoming vehicle.

The results of the accident were so heart-wrenching as the musician's left leg was severed beyond repair. His leg eventually had to be amputated above the knee.

In an interview, Wynonna opened up about those tough days and how hard she and her husband worked to get through it all together. At the end of the day, the country songstress said the accident served to bring them closer.



In December 2017, fans were delighted to discover that Wynonna Judd's son, Elijah, was getting married. The proud mom took to Instagram with the wonderful revelation as she shared a photo of Elijah proposing to his longtime girlfriend, Hailey. She wrote:

"My son Elijah proposed to his love of 7 years, Hailey, last night. I am one proud Mama! Merry Christmas indeed!!! ❤️"


While Elijah has managed to stay relatively under the radar, his sister, Grace, has done quite the opposite. In 2015, tabloids were set ablaze with news that Wynonna Judd's daughter had been arrested for possession, manufacturing, and distribution of meth.

This drug bust briefly landed Grace behind bars, and she had to pay a fine before she was later released. Already tagged as Wynonna's troubled daughter, Grace found herself back in prison with an 8-year sentence after she violated her probation period.

In November 2019, Grace was granted parole and an early release from the West Tennessee State Penitentiary. Her superstar mother expressed her excitement for her daughter and her hope that she would do better with her freedom.

Wynonna has certainly had a tumultuous life, and she can now only hope to spend it with her family as peacefully as she can.

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