Wendy Williams is reportedly on the outs with her son, Kevin Hunter Jr., whom she shares with her ex-husband, Kevin Hunter Sr. The former talk show host returned home from a rehab facility for her alcohol addiction over a month ago. But she reportedly has yet to get in contact with her son.
A source told The Sun, “Wendy has not reached out to her son since she left rehab. While she was in treatment, they were talking but the minute she got out the communication stopped.”
The insider insists the stress from Wendy’s personal and professional struggles over the past year also has impacted the 22-year-old college senior.
“Kevin has been through hell this year with everything going on with his mom,” the source noted. “It breaks his heart that things seem to be going good while she was in rehab, but soon as she got her freedom, she hasn’t reached out to him since.”
That person also said, “Kevin has been trying to stay focused and finish up his last year of school, but it’s been challenging to have to deal with everything going on with his mother.”
Another source close to the family added, “Wendy’s relationship with Kevin Jr. has been strained. He gave her an ultimatum. He told her he won’t be in her life unless she fixes herself.”
The news comes three months after Kevin Jr. shut down rumors he charged a six-figure sum to Williams’ main brokerage account in August 2022. As previously reported, Kevin Jr. allegedly charged $100,000 to his mother’s American Express card toward the latter of 2021 — without her permission. A source told the British outlet he was allegedly “demanding that Wendy’s adviser pay the bill instead of Wendy.”
Many suggested the shopping spree led to a cycle of trouble for Williams, who filed for divorce from Kevin’s father in 2019. Williams was dealing with the brunt of their proceedings when she began experiencing a series of health issues starting in September 2021. She took a leave of absence from hosting “The Wendy Williams Show” and was spotted leaving a health-care facility in Miami in December.
At the start of 2022, Kevin Jr. shared a photo on his Instagram Story of the daytime television host eating a salad. By February, Williams began publicly addressing her fight against Wells Fargo Bank, which froze her accounts based on reports from her former financial adviser, Lori Schiller. The iconic host said she lost millions after Schiller suggested she was “of unsound mind” to govern the large amounts of money within the bank’s holdings.
In light of the aftermath, “The Wendy Williams Show” was canceled indefinitely, airing its final episode without Williams in June 2022. Episodes of the long-running series were removed from YouTube and the website was taken down in weeks. In search of new opportunities, her manager, Will Selby, suggested the 58-year-old launch “The Wendy Experience” podcast, which has yet to be released. By August, she had checked herself into a rehab facility to continue focusing on her health. She left in October and reportedly has been in high spirits while “healing” at home.