Drug Addiction, Bodyshaming, and an Affair: Wendy William's Reveals Her Life Struggles
She’s known for discussing some of the controversial topics about other people’s lives, but how much do we really know about Wendy Williams personal life? Between battling her excess weight, plastic surgeries, problems with her cocaine addiction, and the constant affairs of her husband, William’s has gone through enough trouble.
A DIFFICULT CHILDHOOD
Many might not be aware of the fact, but Wendy had a very difficult upbringing. Throughout her childhood, the celebrity was constantly scrutinized and body shamed for weight. The worst part is that it didn’t happen only at school, but inside her home as well. Her mother put her on a diet in the first grade, and that was when she started to realize she was bigger than others. Her family never missed the chance to make comments about her weight.
“In the 70s, I guess that’s what they called love.” she joked. “When I look back, I was a little fluffy but I wasn’t fat.”
Although it might be hard to believe now, judging by William’s current behavior, she grew up anxious and shy due to constantly being worried about her weight. Whilst her older sisters and friends were going out, having fun and dating, Wendy spent most of her time alone and at home.
“In high school, I was just the girl standing on the side, looking at everyone having fun. I remember thinking, 'I can't wait to get out of here and set the world on fire.'”
Wendy followed in her sister’s footsteps by the time she went to college. Moving to Boston and studying communications and journalism in university, William’ soon developed a cocaine habit. But she didn’t find it be problematic. “I didn’t consider it a problem. Mainly because I had no money to fuel the habit.” It was during this point in her life that Wendy realized she had a passion for radio. After constantly making trips to New York City to hang out at Penn Station, listening to her favorite radio personalities, Williams decided this what was she wanted to dedicate her life to.
SHE SOON DEVELOPED A COCAINE ADDICTION
By 1989, Wendy landed a job as an urban contemporary disc jockey. Basically, she scored a job on a big radio show and was bringing in big money too. At the age of 25, the talk show host was making $65,000 a year. As a result, cocaine was appearing more frequently in her weekly schedule.
According to Williams, she was a functioning addict - she showed up to work on time, performing as usual. But secretly, she was now fighting drug addiction. Although her work acquaintances and bosses were aware of the problem, they didn’t do anything to intervene. All that mattered to them was that she kept delivering high ratings in her career.
HER MARRIAGE TO KEVIN HUNTER & THE BEGINNING OF HER TALK SHOW
In 1997, Wendy ended up marrying Kevin Hunter, who she’d been dating for four years at that point. According to Williams, it was her husband who helped her overcome her struggle with drug addiction, by making her “take a step back” and “reassesing” her life. Wendy ended up getting fired from her big shot job, after a supposed verbal altercation she had one with one of her coworkers. Although at the time she might’ve felt devastated, the event only worked out in her favor.
After returning to Manhattan for a job at WBS, Wendy was able to reveal her true talent. She proved that she didn’t need to spin lots of records to bring in high ratings. Instead, the star decided to delve deep into her personal life and talk about all of her past struggles - such as drug addiction, her plastic surgeries, as well as her problems with conceiving.
“I suffered several miscarriages including two at five months. That’s when you have the clothes already picked out, the nursery is already painted. They ask you do you want a funeral or do you want the cremation.”
These events evidently shook Wendy to her core. After a while, she stopped taking care of herself and ended up developing depression.
“I gained 103 pounds. Twenty-first-century woman thinks she can do it all. But she can’t I know because I’m one of those women.”
However, the couple didn’t give up and still kept trying to conceive. And, miraculously, a miracle happened in 2000, when Wendy gave birth to a healthy little boy - Kevin Junior.
“Our Kevin is a hard-won child. I would’ve loved to have had more children but I don’t want to test my blessing.”
WENDY FINDS OUT ABOUT HER HUSBAND’S AFFAIR
Wendy didn’t have much time to bask in the happiness of her firstborn child, though. A month after giving birth, it was then that Wendy discovered the ugly truth - her husband had a mistress. Williams found out about the affair through a late night phone call her husband made, involving some explicit, dirty talk. Despite the fact, Wendy found the strength and courage to talk it out with her husband and the couple ended up resolving the issue and saving the marriage.
“I stayed with a cheater and don’t regret it,” Williams stated.
In 2008, Williams made the decision to leave the radio show and dedicate all of her time and attention to a television program and her family. In fact, it was this same year that Wendy debuted with her ‘Wendy Williams Show.’ It was at this point in time that everything seemed perfect - a loving family, a favorite career, and millions of fans, it seems like the celebrity had it all. But, that wasn’t the case. Being protected and hidden behind the speakers in her past work, Wendy was now open to the criticism of millions. It got to the point where people were calling her transgender.
“People do think I was born a man. That is absolutely not true. I get it. I’ve got a strong face, a strong body, I’m 5’11. I wear wigs.”
She went on to say,
“There’s no worse way to insult a woman than by saying she looks like a man, but once a woman gets over that, there is no stronger woman. It rolls off her back when you say it. There’s nothing you can call me at this particular point. I’ve been dealing with this for decades.”
Although she was staying strong for the longest time, things weren’t so great behind the scenes. Wendy wasn’t able to overcome her drug addiction completely and informed her audience of a 3-week hiatus from her show in order to pursue sober living. “Drugs were a demon I had to overcome,” she confessed.
To make matters worse, more rumors kept spilling about a reported affair her husband was having - again. According to reports, many people believe that Kevin sent Wendy away to a sober house in order to spend more time with his pregnant mistress. These reports state that Wendy’s husband has been involved in a 10-year affair with massage therapist, Sharina Hudson. Apparently, Kevin had bought Sharina a house worth $765,000 in New Jersey, just 10 miles away from the home she shares with Williams. In addition, he’s reportedly given his alleged mistress an engagement ring too.
A source said, “She doesn’t need him. He does nothing for her but drag her down.” The source also went on to say that the massage therapist gave birth to Kevin’s son on March 25, at University Hospital in Philadelphia. No one knows Wendy’s reaction to these allegations, but the talk show host denies everything - she claims her and her husband are wonderfully happy. “I’m still very much in love with my husband. Don’t ask me about mine.”
Evidently, Wendy’s gone through her fair share of struggles. It almost seems like way too much drama, pain, and heartbreak for a single person to go through. What shocked you the most about the celebrity’s life? Comment your thoughts below!