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Wendy Williams Revealed She Is Living in a Sober House "with a Bunch of Smelly Boys Who Have Become My Family"
Talk show host Wendy Williams said she had "more to the story for you" before dropping bombs about her past drug addiction.
Wendy Williams has revealed that she is currently living in a sober house.
"So you know me for being a very open and truthful person and I've got more to the story for you," she told her live TV audience on Tuesday. "You know I've had a struggle with cocaine in my past and I never went to a place to get the treatment. I don't know how, God just sat on my shoulder and I just stopped. But there are people in your family — it might be you — who've been struggling, and I wanted to know more of the story. So this is my autobiographical story and I'm living it and I'm telling you this."
"After I go to Pilates [every day], I go to several meetings all around town and the Tri-State Area and I see my brothers and sisters caught up in their addiction and looking for help," she continued, without referencing her own sobriety. "They don't know I'm Wendy, they don't care I'm Wendy. There's no autographs, nothing. It's the brothers and sisters caught up in the struggle and it's been really interesting, this ride."
Her husband, Kevin Hunter, and their son Kevin have guarded Wendy's secret.
"Only Kevin and Kevin have known about this, not my parents, nobody," she said. "Nobody knew 'cause I look so glamorous out here. But after I finish my appointments and seeing my brothers and sisters and breaking bread, 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've become my family. They hog the TV and watch soccer. We talk and read and talk and read and then I get bored with them."
Wendy explained the strict rules of the sober house.
"Doors locked by 10 p.m., lights out by 10 p.m. — so I go to my room and I stare at the ceiling and I fall asleep to wake up and come back here to see you," she said. "So that is my truth... either you're calling me crazy or the bravest woman you know. I don't care."
She also announced that she and her husband have started a resource hotline at 888-5HUNTER for people who are struggling with addiction and since launching last week, they've helped place 56 people in recovery centers around the world.
Wendy didn't directly explain how long she has been living in a sober house, her January hospitalization, or how it exactly relates to her three-month absence from her talk show. After going on hiatus in December and having her show hosted by Nick Cannon and a series of guest panelists in her absence, Wendy returned on March 3 and said, "I am doing swell."
“I want to shout-out to my husband. I’m still wearing my ring,” she said, showing off her massive rock. “Believe me you, when you’ve been with somebody for 28 years, married for 25 years ... we know each other. He’s my best friend, he’s my lover.
"I know what you’ve been saying and I know what the streets have been saying," she said, making reference to rumors of her husband's alleged infidelity. "But hunty, let me show you who I fell in love with and who he fell in love with," she continued, showing a throwback photo of her and Kevin from 28 years ago.