Wendy Williams is joining the ranks of celebrities who are changing the stigma of addiction with the latest episode of her popular talk show, The Wendy Williams Show. In an emotional, tear-filled segment that aired on Tuesday, March 19th, Williams spoke her truth and revealed that she is currently living in a sober house and undergoing treatment for addiction.
“For some time now, and even today and beyond, I have been living in a sober house,” Williams said as she fought through tears, dabbing her eyes on Tuesday’s episode. “And 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, except God was sitting on my shoulder and I just stopped.”
“I know, either you are calling me crazy or the bravest woman you know. I don’t care,” Williams said.
The revelation may come as a surprise to fans who are accustomed to seeing a glammed up Williams on their television screens but, Williams assured, that’s exactly why she wanted to speak out. “I know, either you are calling me crazy or the bravest woman you know. I don’t care,” she said.
In describing her current life while living in a sober house, Williams goes on to talk about filming her show, then going to a pilates class nearby to take care of her body, and then attending sober meetings where “I see my brothers and sisters caught up in their addiction and looking for help.” Afterward, her 24-hour sober coach drives her back to the sober house where she has been living “with a bunch of smelly boys who have become my family.”
Williams then goes on to describe how only her husband and son previously knew about her struggles.
The notoriously “very truthful and open person” revealed to her fans that she wanted to share her story in order to help others and pointed towards her newly founded The Hunter Foundation as a resource for those who are or have a loved one struggling with addiction. The Hunter Foundation, which was started by Williams, her husband, Kevin Hunter, and their son, Kevin Jr., provides resources for drug education, prevention, and rehabilitation programs.
During her moving speech, Williams ended by urging those who need help to call the 24-hour hotline service, which she claims has “already successfully placed 56 people in recovery centers around the world.”
Williams’ revelation comes on the heels of Vanderpump Rules star Lala Kent’s announcement on her Instagram stories on Monday that she is “an alcoholic, and I am now a friend of Bill W., which you will never know how much this program means to me [and] has given me new life.” Previously, Kent had said she was 50 days sober as part of a pact with her fiancé.
It’s never easy to reveal one’s struggles in the public eye but Kent’s and Williams’ recent admissions are empowering the recovery community. To date, Williams’ tweet with the emotional video has received over 4,000 likes and 1,200 retweets, along with hundreds of supportive comments that have poured in from fans wishing Williams all their best and sharing their own stories of addiction and recovery.
For Williams, though, she is honest about her recovery and the repetition of her days in the sober house. “Lights out by 10 p.m.,” she said before once again asking those struggling with addiction to call The Hunter Foundation (1-888-5Hunter or 548-6837). “So that is my truth.”
“It’s been really interesting, this ride,” Williams said of her sober journey so far. From all of us on a similar journey: Thank you, Wendy, for being open and honest about your experience.