Wendy Williams let out a bombshell confession during the last 15 minutes of her show on March 19. — The host revealed that she’s been living in a sober home, with only her son and husband knowing the secret. She broke down in tears when she finally spoke her ‘truth.’
Wendy Williams, 54, revealed her “truth” during a live taping of her show on Tuesday, March 19. The host revealed she has been living in a sober home for addiction. Wendy did not say how long she has been living apart from her family, nor did she reveal the type of addiction she has. The host, who admitted she has a sober coach, broke down in tears when she revealed the news, which included her daily routine.
“For some time now, and even today and beyond, I have been living in a sober house,” a tearful Wendy began with only 15 minutes left in her show. ” When you see me come to work glammed up, right after the show I go across the street, I do my pilates. I told you two hours a day I like to take care of my body. And, you know I’ve had a struggle with cocaine in my past. I never went to a place to get the treatment. I don’t know how. God was sitting on my shoulder and I just stopped… There are people in your family that might be struggling, maybe you, and I just want you to know more of the story, so this is my autobiographical story and I’m living it.”
Wendy continued: “After I go to pilates, I go to several meetings all around town in the tristate area, and I see my brothers and sisters caught up in their addiction, and looking for help. They don’t care I’m Wendy, there’s no autographs — there’s nothing. It’s the brother and the sisters, caught up in the struggle. It’s been really interesting. Only Kevin and Kevin have known about this. Not my parents, nobody, nobody knew, because I look so glamorous out here.”
From late 2017 throughout 2018, Wendy suffered a series of health issues, leading up to her bombshell announcement on Tuesday. Wendy was diagnosed with Graves disease — an autoimmune disorder that causes overactive thyroid — after she fainted during a live televised show on October 31. The incident caused the host to miss a slew of shows as she recovered at home, with the help of a team of doctors.
Wendy appeared to be on the mend, until complications from her Graves disease forced her to take a health-advised hiatus, which was announced on January 18, following the show’s holiday break. At that time, Wendy had also suffered a fractured shoulder.
After a near 6-week hiatus — with a rotation of notable names, including Nick Cannon and Jerry O’Connell filling in her for her — Wendy returned to the purple chair on March 4. Ahead of her return, The Wendy Williams Show released a statement on February 21, which announced her return date, along with the network’s loyalty to the host.
As HollywoodLife previously reported, The Wendy Williams Show was renewed through 2020, despite the host’s continued health issues and subsequent hiatus. The network stood behind Wendy throughout her health complications.
Wendy and her husband, Kevin Hunter announced the launch of the 888-5HUNTER hotline on Monday, March 11, to help those suffering from drug addiction and substance abuse, in connection with her family’s foundation The Hunter Foundation. “The 24-hour hotline will be fully staffed by specially trained Certified Recovery Coaches that will conduct assessments and match callers with individual specialized lists of short or longer term treatment facilities including detox, rehabilitation, sober living and outpatient centers throughout the country,” according to an official press release.
“We must all come together to respond to this crisis of addiction and substance abuse,” Wendy is quoted in the release. “Everyone is at risk from the inner cities to more affluent communities. My family and I are very proud to partner with T.R.U.S.T. to get people the help that they so desperately need, especially if they or their families have given up hope. There is hope.”