“How you doin’?” Has been the catchy phrase used by Wendy Williams the popular daytime TV host for a decade. Well on Tuesday, the gregarious Wendy answered that question for viewers.
During her syndicated talk show, Wendy shared with her studio and television audience that she has been living in a “sober house”.
She confessed, “for some time now, and even today and beyond, I have been living in a sober house. She kept her secret from her family and friends.
“Only Kevin [Hunter, Sr., her husband] and Kevin [Jr., her son] know about this.” She said, “Not my parents, nobody. Nobody knew because I look so glamorous out here.”
The 54-year-old Williams looking at the camera and surrounded by her studio audience described her typical day now that she lives in the sober house.
“After I go to the Pilates I 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 (sic) no autographs, there’s no nothing. It’s the brothers and sisters caught up in the struggle. It’s been really interesting, this ride.”
“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 confessed. “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.”
This isn’t the first time Williams has discussed addiction. In 2012, she opened up about her substance abuse following the death of singer-actress Whitney Houston.
While she says she had never met Houston, they had a common bond. “Some of the things Whitney and I have in common that bonded us: the love of our mother and our father… and both plagued with the demon of substance abuse.”
Williams shared with her audience she had, “never went to a place to get treatment. I don’t know how. God was just sitting on my shoulder and I just stopped.”
After making the admission, she asked that anyone struggling with addiction contact the recently created Hunter Foundation (888-Hunter). The foundation was formed by her family to help individuals suffering from addiction.