On her show on Tuesday, Wendy Williams revealed she’s been living in a sober living home.
The 54-year-old TV personality and former radio host made the tearful announcement on her daytime syndicated talk show, “The Wendy Williams Show.”
“I have been living in a sober house … You know I’ve had a struggle with cocaine in the past,” she confirmed, through tears. “I never went to a place to get treatment … there are people in your family, it might be you … I want you to know more of the story.”
“I Want You To Know More of The Story”
William additionally added that nobody knew about the news besides her husband, Kevin Hunter, and their 19-year-old son, Kevin Jr.
“Only Kevin and Kevin have known about this. Not my parents, nobody. Nobody knew because I look so glamorous out here,” said Williams. “I am driven by my 24-hour sober coach back to a home that I live in the tri-state with a bunch of smelly boys who have become my family.”
She continued, “they hog the TV and watch soccer, we talk and read and talk and read and then I get bored with them. Doors are locked by 10 p.m. Lights out by 10 p.m. So I go to my room, and I stare at the ceiling, and I fall asleep to wake up and come back here to see you. So that is my truth.”
The Dancing With The Stars alum had been absent from her daytime talk show from January until March 4th, attributing the hiatus to a fractured shoulder and her battle with Grave’s disease, an autoimmune disease that effects the thyroid.
Detailing her reveal, Wendy noted, “after I leave the show I go to the Pilates and go to several meetings all around town in the tri-state area, and I see my brothers and sisters caught up in their addiction and looking for help,” she said. “They don’t know I’m Wendy. They don’t care I’m Wendy. there’s no autographs, there’s no nothing. It’s the brothers and sisters caught up in the struggle. It’s been really interesting, this ride.”
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, help is available.
— Wendy Williams (@WendyWilliams) March 19, 2019
“It’s A Miracle I Was Able To Stop”
Williams has always been open about her drug use, telling People in 2014 that she was addicted to cocaine for nearly a decade early in her career.
Since then, Williams created The Hunter Foundation with her family, which works with private and public organizations to help families combat the cycle of addiction.
In July of 2018, she told Entertainment Tonight that she was a, “functioning addict.” She also said, “I report to work on time, and I’d walk in and all my co-workers including my bosses, would know – but since I would have my headphones on and walk in the the studio and they wouldn’t fire me because I was making ratings.”
“A functioning addict has several alarm clocks, you’re organized,” she added. “It’s a miracle I was able to stop.”
Since the announcement, multiple celebrities have come forward in an outpouring of support for the talk-show host.
CNN host Don Lemon praised Williams, calling her, “the bravest woman he knows.”
“The View” co-host Meghan McCain said what Williams shared was not “for the weak of heart.”
“Sending strength and love to you @WendyWilliams – speaking your truth and showing your struggle and darkness on national television is not for the weak of heart,” McCain tweeted.
Even Aerosmith frontman, Steven Tyler – who revealed last month he celebrated a nine years of sobriety – took to twitter in support of Williams. “YOU KNOW WHATS BRAVE..? ADMITTING YOUR FAILURE…ADMITTING YOUR TRIUMPHS WITHOUT A CARE FOR JUDGEMENT,” he tweeted. “STRENGTH TAKES TIME TO BUILD…BETTER LATE THAN NEVER…CONGRATS TO @ FOR SPEAKING YOUR TRUTH. .”
It takes courage and strength to own your truth. We are so proud of you, Wendy!