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Wendy Williams Skirts Issue of Marital Woes, Opens Up About Past Substance Abuse: ‘I Am a Walking Addict’

For the first time since coming back to the small screen, Wendy Williams is opening up about her personal life.

The host of “The Wendy Williams Show” on Tuesday discussed the death of actor Luke Perry following a massive stroke last week. In addressing Perry’s death at age 52, Williams segued into chatting about her personal history of addiction after speculating that health issues such as Perry’s now occur earlier in people since folks today live “a harder, faster life.”

“You know this about me, I told you I’ve had my bout with substance abuse,” she said on-air during her “Hot Topics” segment March 5. “Once you’re a substance abuser, you have to battle that for the rest of your life. I’ve told you my over-10-year ride with the cocaine and the crack. Oh, yes, crack is wack. But it was very good to me at a particular stupid point in my life. … I was a mess, you know. Functioning, killing myself. I realized I am a walking addict. You can’t just clean it up and stop it and think that it’s not going to affect you.”

It’s the most candid Williams has been since she returned to her daytime talk show after she dealt with health issues relating to her Graves’ disease as well as healing a broken arm.

When Williams came back to “The Wendy Williams Show” Monday following a more than two-month hiatus, she breezed through addressing reports of issues with her husband, Kevin Hunter, who is alleged to have physically abused her. He’s also said to be carrying on a lengthy affair with another woman, whom he reportedly impregnated. The website that issued that report saw it ordered to be removed by a cease-and-desist letter from Williams’ representatives.

“I know what you’ve been saying and I know what the streets have been talking about. … I’m still very much in love with my husband,” she said March 4 after noting she’s “still wearing my ring.”

“When you’ve been with somebody for 28 years, married for 25 years … we know each other. He is my best friend, my lover. He’s all this and he’s all that,” she went on. “Anybody who has been married for five minutes or 500 years, you know marriages have ebbs and flows. Marriages are not easy. And don’t ask me about mine until you see [my wedding ring] gone — it ain’t going anywhere, not in this lifetime.”

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