Wendy Williams just dropped a bombshell: She’s been living in a sober house, which the TV host revealed Tuesday during an episode of “The Wendy Williams Show.”
“For some time now and even today and beyond, I have been living in a sober house,” she said in tears to the studio audience. “You know I’ve had a struggle with cocaine in the past. 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.”
“After I go to the Pilates and go to several meetings all around town in the tri-state area [New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania], I see my brothers and sisters caught up in their addiction and looking for help,” Williams added. “They don’t know I’m Wendy. They don’t care I’m Wendy. It’s the brothers and sisters caught up in the struggle. It’s been really interesting, this ride.”
Williams then said only her husband Kevin Hunter knew about the sober house and no one else.
“Not my parents, nobody. Nobody knew because I look so glamorous out here,” she explained. “After I finish my appointments, 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. We talk and read and talk and read, and then I get bored with them. Doors locked by 10 p.m., lights out by 10 p.m., so I go to my room and stare at the ceiling and fall asleep to come here and see you. So that is my truth.”
The news will undoubtedly answer a lot of questions for those who wondered why Williams was absent from her show for so long, since she was out since December and returned March 4.
Before taking that hiatus, the 54-year-old caused a lot of concern, especially when she slurred words during an interview with The Lox and appeared despondent.
At one point, Williams talked about having a bad reaction to pain medication that she was taking for a hairline shoulder fracture. She also said her absence was attributed to having Graves’ disease but never mentioned anything about living in a sober house.
Williams has, however, talked about having a substance abuse problem in the past and admitted many times that she was addicted to cocaine for a decade.
In 2014, she began The Hunter Foundation with her husband, which is a nonprofit that gives grants to people for drug rehabilitation, prevention and education.