Wendy Williams is getting real about her struggles with drugs. The Wendy Williams Show host revealed on Tuesday that she is living in a sober house to help understand the struggle that fellow recovering addicts grapple with.
Williams explained: “And even today, and beyond, I have been living in a sober house. When you see me come to work, glammed up, right after the show I go across the street/ I do my pilates. I told you, two hours a day… to take care of my body. And you know I've had a struggle with cocaine in my past. 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 told her audience that she realize that others aren’t as lucky and she wanted them “to know more of the story” because she knows that there are others that “have been struggling.”
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She said she reports to the house after work, meetings and hitting the gym.
“After I go to the Pilates and go to several meetings all around town in the tri-state area, I see my brothers and sisters caught up in their addiction and looking for help,” she continued. “They don’t know I’m Wendy. They don’t care I’m Wendy. It’s the brothers and sisters caught up in the struggle. It’s been really interesting, this ride.”
Before she opened up on the show, Williams revealed that no one else knew what was going on besides her husband Kevin Hunter.
“Only Kevin knows about this. Not my parents, nobody. Nobody knew because I look so glamorous out here,” she shared. “After I finish my appointments … 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 have become my family. … 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., so I go to my room and stare at the ceiling and fall asleep to come here and see you. So that is my truth.”
The revelation comes after she returned to the show after a two-month break that she previously said was due to Graves disease.
She concluded, encouraging fellow addicts to call the organization that she and her husband founded to help fellow addicts. The Hunter Foundation 24-hour — 888-5HU-NTER – is available if they need assistance, she said, revealing that they've already helped to place 56 people in recovery centers.