Wendy Williams Says Her Ex-Husband, Kevin Hunter, Helped Her Get Sober

by Jeremy Spirogis
Wendy Williams, Hunter Kevin and Carlos Narcisse attend the "Ask Wendy" Book Release Party at Pink Elephant on May 9, 2013 in New York City.

Wendy Williams believes her ex, Kevin Hunter, performed a big position in her in search of sobriety within the 1990s. 

The tv present host and former disc jockey stated she hadn’t misused substances like cocaine in over 20 years. Williams stated on The Wendy Williams Show that her journey with cocaine, particularly, started when she was getting her begin within the radio business. It was throughout this time that Williams met Hunter. The pair divorced in January 2020 after 23 years.

Wendy Williams, Hunter Kevin and Carlos Narcisse attend the "Ask Wendy" Book Release Party at Pink Elephant on May 9, 2013 in New York City.
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Wendy Williams stated she knew it was ‘time to stop’ her partying methods after she met Kevin Hunter

During an interview with People in 2014, Williams discussed when she first started misusing substances. She stated she first tried cocaine as an undergraduate scholar at Boston’s Northeastern University. Williams stated she continued utilizing cocaine sporadically all through school however didn’t have the cash to interact within the exercise long-term. However, that modified when Williams landed her first on-air job with New York City’s WRKS station in 1989.

 Wendy Williams wearing dress by Norma Kamali and Kevin Hunter attend Wendy Williams and The Hunter Foundation gala at Hammerstein Ballroom.  Wendy Williams wearing dress by Norma Kamali and Kevin Hunter attend Wendy Williams and The Hunter Foundation gala at Hammerstein Ballroom.
Wendy Williams and Kevin Hunter|Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket

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Williams stated she regularly used cocaine all through her first radio gig. She stated as soon as she received nearer to 29-years-old, Williams determined she wanted to alter her methods. The Wendy Williams Show host’s relationship with Hunter additionally made her cease utilizing substances.

“I decided to step back and take an assessment of my life,” Williams stated.  “Somehow, I hadn’t gotten caught up in handcuffs or shamed my parents. I had just met this new guy. I said, ‘Count your blessings, Wen. It’s time to stop.’”

Wendy Williams says it was a ‘miracle’ that she stopped utilizing cocaine

In July 2018, Williams shared extra perception into her previous with cocaine. The daytime host informed Entertainment Tonight that her substance misuse surprisingly didn’t have an effect on her profession.

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“I would report to work on time, and I walked in and all of my coworkers, and including my bosses, would know but instead of firing me, you see, I would grab my headphones and arrogantly walk into the studio and dare them to fire me because I was making ratings,” Williams stated. “[A] functioning addict has several alarm clocks, you’re organized. It’s a miracle I was able to stop.”

Wendy Williams entered a sober home throughout her marital points with Kevin Hunter

Although Hunter was considered one of Williams’ causes to hunt sobriety within the 1990s, his habits brought about Williams to hunt assist from different assets in 2019. During an episode of The Wendy Williams Show, Williams revealed to her followers that she stayed at a sober residing facility when she wasn’t filming. At the time, Williams didn’t share what brought about her to go to the power. However, rumors swirled that Hunter was anticipating a child along with his longtime mistress, Sharina Hudson, across the identical time. Hunter and Williams later confirmed that he had a daughter outdoors of their marriage. 

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In August 2019, Williams shared the actual purpose she determined to enter a sober residing facility with The New York Times Magazine. Williams stated she knew Hunter’s information would go public quickly. Williams felt as if she wanted time to take care of the fallout by herself. 

“I’d done my detective work. I knew what was about to happen, and I was like, ‘Let me go someplace where you’re not allowed to have the whole bottle of wine,’” Williams recalled. “When you see your husband’s mistress with a burgeoning belly, and you’re a blabbermouth on TV with a successful show, you know what’s about to happen.”

How to get assist: In the U.S., contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration helpline at 1-800-662-4357

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