Wendy Williams Reveals She's Been Living In a Sober Home

By Maggie Ethridge 03/21/19

Williams detailed her sober living situation during a recent episode of her talk show.

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Wendy Williams took two months off from her show before returning to reveal that she has been living in a sober home.

"For some time now, and even today and beyond, I have been living in a sober house," Williams said on Tuesday's episode of The Wendy Williams Show. "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."

Williams’ revelation came after a two-month hiatus from taping her show. She explained she had been dealing with Graves’ disease during her time off.

In 2017, Williams fainted during a taping of her show. She later explained that she had a heat stroke—and was going through “what middle-aged women go through.”

The TV personality wanted to be transparent with her fans, who know her to be a "very truthful and open person.” She stated that the only other person who knew what was happening was her husband, Kevin Hunter, according to BuzzFeed News.

"There are people in your family, it might be you, who have been struggling, and I want you to know more of the story," she said. "So, this is my autobiographical story, and I'm living it. I'm telling you this."

Williams shared her routine with viewers: daily pilates and sober "meetings around town in the tristate area," then her 24-hour sober coach brings her home, "with a bunch of smelly boys who have 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. Doors locked by 10 p.m. Lights out by 10 p.m.,” Williams said.

"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. So that is my truth. I know, either you are calling me crazy or the bravest woman you know," she said. "I don't care."

Williams also promoted her family's foundation, the Hunter Foundation, which offers a 24-hour hotline service that Williams said, “already successfully placed 56 people in recovery centers around the world.”

CNN anchor Don Lemon tweeted his support of Williams, writing, "I say bravest woman I know. @WendyWilliams finally speaks her truth about recovery."

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Maggie May Ethridge is the author of Atmospheric Disturbances: Scenes From a Marriage (Shebooks, 2014) and the recently completed novel, Agitate My Heart. She is a freelance writer published in Rolling Stone, VOX, Washington Post, The Guardian and many others. Find her at her blog Flux Capacitor or on LinkedIn or Twitter.