Wendy Williams Dissolves Recovery Foundation

By Victoria Kim 05/23/19
Despite shuttering her foundation, Williams says she "remains committed" to helping others.
Wendy Williams

Wendy Williams has dissolved the foundation she founded to support young people struggling to overcome substance use disorder, she said on her talk show.

She had founded The Hunter Foundation—to support education, prevention and rehabilitation programs for substance use disorder—in 2014 with her now-estranged husband Kevin Hunter. But amid a dramatic split from Hunter, Williams says she will instead work with “other foundations” and “remains committed to helping others in the struggles of life.”

Wendy filed for divorce in April and removed Hunter—who was not only her long-time husband but her business partner—as executive producer of her popular talk show, The Wendy Williams Show.

Wendy had just revealed in March that she had been residing in a sober living home.

“For some time now, and even today and beyond, I have been living in a sober house,” she said on her talk show. “And you know, I’ve had a struggle with cocaine in my past and I never went to a place to get treatment. I don’t know how, except God was sitting on my shoulder and I just stopped.” 

She shared with her audience her day-to-day routine living at the sober house. “Doors locked by 10pm. Lights out by 10pm. 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. I know, either you are calling me crazy or the bravest woman you know. I don’t care.”

Soon after filing for divorce, however, Williams made another big move. “I’m moving out of the sober house in just a few days,” she said on April 15. “It’ll be Wendy on her own.”

She added, “Addressing my sobriety, my addiction, head-on has really helped me sort out every single compartment of my life. I have a commitment to me and my son to come out of here better, stronger and faster than ever.”

Despite her messy and public divorce, and transitioning out of sober living, Wendy seems to be taking it all in stride. She recently said that she is “working on my divorce pleasantly” and is apparently enjoying the single life.

“I don’t have a boyfriend, but I must admit I am rediscovering my love of men,” she said. “I do date and I date pretty often.”

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