As Wynonna Judd's firstborn and Naomi Judd's first grandchild, Elijah Judd comes from one talented family. The 28-year-old is all grown up and married, and Wynonna is one proud mama.
Elijah Judd comes from a family of celebrities; his mother is a famous country singer and his grandmother, Naomi Judd, was a renowned singer and actress as well. Sadly, his grandmother died in April 2022. Growing up with a family that is in the public eye, Elijah chooses to live a more reserved life.
THE BIRTH OF ELIJAH JUDD WAS COMPLICATED
Elijah Judd was born on December 23, 1994, in Nashville, Tennessee. His delivery was a difficult one due to his mother’s health complications. During an interview, Naomi shared that her daughter had asthma, which impacted her pregnancy. Wynonna ended up having a C-section. Naomi said:
“I believe the most terrifying experience in my life thus far was watching Elijah, my first grandchild, being born.”
During her interview, Naomi reminisced about Elijah’s childhood. He was a kind and friendly child who loved his mother and grandmother; he had a wonderful sense of humor and was always making his grandmother laugh. His grandmother stated that he could have been a stand-up comedian.
Wynonna Judd, Arch Kelley and Elijah Judd at Los Angeles International Airport on June 21, 1995 | Source: Getty Images
Thanks to his mother and grandmother, Elijah has loved the outdoors since he was young. Living a hill away from his grandmother’s ranch, he spent much of his time there.
During the Christmas season, young Elijah and his family would take cookies down to the local sheriff's department. This led to his dream of becoming a policeman when he grew up, recalls his "Mawmaw," which is the nickname he had for Naomi.
Sharing a sweet memory, the country singer recalled her grandchild declaring he wanted to fight “crim-animals," which is what he used to call the bad guys.
ELIJAH JUDD IS A HAPPY FAMILY MAN
Elijah got married on October 17, 2020, to his girlfriend of 7 years, Hailey Williams. He was 27 at the time. Elijah got down on one knee to pop the question in a romantic ceremony back in 2017, surrounded by the people closest to him.
His mother took to social media to commemorate the special moment, writing, “My son Elijah proposed to his love of 7 years, Hailey, last night. I am one proud Mama. Merry Christmas indeed.”
ELIJAH JUDD'S FAMILY MEMBERS ARE POPULAR FIGURES
Elijah's grandmother is not the only famous person in his family; he also has a famous mother, Wynonna Judd. Wynonna was part of the musical group, The Judds, with her mother. As a musical duo, they have won 6 Grammys.
Elijah’s aunt, Ashley Judd, is a famous actress, having acted in “High Crimes” and “The Tooth Fairy." Wynonna went on to have a successful solo career after her mother retired from music.
Naomi Judd at the 2016 Pet Her Awards at Gotham Hall on October 7, 2016 | Source: Getty Images
Naomi retired from music after being diagnosed with hepatitis C, a liver infection that could potentially be fatal. However, after taking some time away from music, she was fortunately cured of the condition.
Sadly, on April 30, 2022, Noami died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds at the age of 75. While on “Good Morning America," Ashley talked about the tragedy, sharing that her mother struggled with her mental health.
Although the Judd family was not yet ready to share the news, Ashley represented the family and spoke about it. The actress said they knew that if they did not disclose the information themselves, someone else would have.
Ashley Judd, Wynonna Judd and Elijah Judd at Nickelodeon’s 10th Annual Kids Choice Awards on April 19, 1997 | Source: Getty Images
Elijah’s father, Arch Kelley III, was Wynonna’s first husband; they met in 1993 and got married in 1996. The pair decided to part ways in 1999. In 2003, Wynonna married D.R. Roach; he was later arrested on assault and battery charges. She divorced him five days later. She said:
“I’m now focused on saving myself and the children. It is hard to detach overnight. I’m healing in my own time. And so I do wear my ring. And I think what I’m teaching my kids is, this happened. This is where Mom is right now. And there’s always hope.”
In June of 2012, Wynonna married drummer Cactus Moser from the band Highway 101. Cactus and Wynonna had a country wedding in Tennessee, and her son was in attendance.
After Elijah, Wynonna and Arch also welcomed a girl. Elijah’s sister, Grace Kelley, spent years in and out of prison on drug-related charges. On August 28, 2021, Grace was arrested for eight years for violating her probation.
Growing up, Elijah and Grace were very close with their grandmother and spent a lot of time with her. They would play hula hoops and tag and help their grandmother with dinner. She would sometimes read to them at night.
Wynonna Judd and Elijah Judd at the ACM Honors at Ryman Auditorium on September 10, 2013 | Source: Getty Images
Despite being a member of a famous family that is frequently photographed by paparazzi, Elijah has chosen to live a private life away from the spotlight.
Respecting this decision, his family members rarely share his photos. However, his mother will occasionally take to social media to celebrate his birthday and special moments such as his engagement.
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