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When Wynonna Judd and Michael ‘Cactus Moser fell in love, neither knew tragedy would be so quick to strike… In an incredible story of love, Judd and Moser overcame some harrowing obstacles early on.
These two love birds first met in 1989 when Judd was touring with her mother, Naomi Judd, and Moser’s band Highway 101.
“He had a mullet…” She laughs, remembering Moser’s self-described “beautiful feathered hairdo”.
Their bliss sustained the challenge of time until they finally reconnected in 2009 when they began dating. Their wedding took place in Tennessee, on Judd’s expansive Leipers Fork farm in the summer of 2012.
Just over two months later, a tragic twist struck the newlyweds. Traveling along U.S. Route 16 in South Dakota, Moser, riding a motorcycle, crossed the center line and collided with a car. Luckily, he survived the accident, but as a complication of his injuries, his leg was amputated above the knee. Judd, who was on tour, canceled all her upcoming concerts in order to be by his side.
In an interview, Moser talks about how gracefully and incredibly Judd has cared for him following the accident:
“I’ve watched what she’s done for me and to me, to help me get into a shower and into the bathroom. I can’t imagine being in that situation and going, ‘This is who I love, but this is not how I saw him.’ I have watched her be a gallant, amazing champion and wondered how I would have reacted if it were her.”
Judd has said before that she “felt a joy that hasn’t been there before” when it comes to her wonderful hubby and Moser admits he enjoys having “such a sassy wife…most of the time!”.
These two are an example of a perfectly matched couple whose love can survive nearly insurmountable odds, and they both have said that overcoming this obstacle has only brought them closer together.
Watch the video below for one of Wynonna Judd’s chart-topping love ballads, “To Be Loved By You”.