Wynonna Judd and Michael “Cactus” Moser‘s honeymoon stage came to an abrupt end just two months after their wedding, when he was injured in a bloody motorcycle wreck that left him with just one leg. Now, three months after the crash, Judd is opening up for the first time about that brutal day, confessing to Entertainment Tonight‘s Nancy O’Dell, “I will never forget … thinking, ‘Is he alive or dead?’”
Just seconds before the crash, neither Judd nor her husband could have predicted that their lives were about to change forever. It was, “the best day … 70 degrees, beautiful sky, we have a gig that night,” Judd remembers. “Loving each other and a Harley ride with friends and just this beautiful open space in South Dakota. Roads for miles. Wind in the hair, he’s ten feet in front of me …”
Then suddenly, “… it went from that to the sound like a tornado that you never forget,” Judd says. “I will never forget that smell nor that sound coming from two vehicles colliding, and me going on past thinking, ‘Is he alive or dead? I have no idea.’”
“I dropped my bike and I run back and he’s just lying there,” she remembers. “I hear nothing. And then I hear the most beautiful sound on earth and that is him [breathing]. And I got on my belly and looked right in his eyes, ’cause I knew if he closed his eyes that he would bleed out and that was it.”
Though the extent of his injuries was not yet clear, Judd had been riding behind him at the time of the crash, and says, “I saw the leg shatter and go all over the road.” The remainder of his leg was eventually amputated, and he had to learn how to walk again.
“You just feel so helpless,” Judd says of the process. “All you can do is hold [his] hand or tell him a story or just be there. I became his nurse, my glasses at the end of my nose, pushing saline up into the gaping wounds and wrapping them. I became a nurse like my mother. I went from wearing the cute newlywed clothes to wearing cotton that had crap all over it, hair in a ponytail, and rolling up my sleeves for the man I love. The bottom line is it makes or breaks you. You realize that you’re bonded in a life. When I said I do, I never dreamed I would go through as much as I did as soon as I did.”
But Judd says they’re all the better for it. She insists, “It made us so strong that i dare anyone to try and come between us. We are almost bulletproof at this point. …For better or for worse. I was thinking of for better or for worse like when we were eighty. I didn’t expect it to be two months into our marriage.”
Now that Moser is walking again, the two are about to embark on a tour, “A Simpler Christmas,” starting on December 3.
Ironically, Judd’s sister Ashley has been going through a similar situation as her estranged husband, race car Dario Franchitti, recovers from a life-threatening crash that left him with a shattered ankle and broken back in October.