In front of a live studio audience and viewers at home, Wendy Williams shared that she’s been living in a sober house to seek treatment for previous cocaine addiction. On Tuesday (March 19), the 54-year-old pop culture commentator said after each taping, her sober coach ushers her back to the residence to continue rehabilitation.
During her speech, Williams said only her husband, Kevin Hunter, knew of her ongoing assistance. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Hunter shared that his wife’s health is on the upswing and they’re taking it one day at a time. “We are moving forward with working on her sobriety and doing the work to help others, not just ourselves,” he said. “It is a family process. Anybody that has to deal with this knows this is a family process.”
To further support those in similar situations to Williams’, the couple established The Hunter Foundation in 2014. The outreach program assists young people cemented between addiction and recovery. The non-profit organization also administers information on outlets of healing.
Williams said she’s steadily fighting this addiction that she described as a “10-year ride with the cocaine and the crack.” The news arrived several days after the mother-of-one returned to center stage on her eponymous talk show. Williams noted under medical orders that she needed to take an extended hiatus to treat her Graves’ disease, and during a taping, she divulged on the thyroid condition and thanked her doctors for helping to strengthen her health.
Wendy’s back! pic.twitter.com/WT8eKEHyGy
— Wendy Williams (@WendyWilliams) March 4, 2019