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Why Wendy Williams Went Public About Living in Sober House

Why Wendy Williams Went Public About Living in Sober House

It appears as though there was a lot more to that story because, on today's show, Wendy burst into tears and revealed that she's living in a sober house.

"Either you're calling me insane or the bravest woman you know, I don't care", she said. Williams prefaced her reveal by talking about the Hunter Foundation, a nonprofit she started with her husband, Kevin Hunter, to help those struggling with addiction.

"Well, for some time now, and even today and beyond, I have been living in a sober house", Williams continued.

From there, she spoke about her use of cocaine in her past, while emphasizing that she never went to place to get the treatment that she desperately needed.

She joked "nobody knew because I look so glamorous out here" on the show. "I report to work on time, and I'd walk in and all my co-workers, including my bosses, would know but since I would have my headphones on and walk in the studio and [they] wouldn't fire me because I was making ratings".

Williams also revealed that she has been meeting with various support groups each day after her talk show is finished taping.

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"After I go to the Pilates I go to several meetings all around town in the tri-state area, and I see my brothers and sisters caught up in their addiction and looking for help", she said.

"You know I've had a struggle with cocaine in my past".

"We talk and read and talk and read and then I get bored with them", she said.

"Only Kevin knows about this. It's the brothers and sisters caught up in the struggle". She originally said she was stepping away to focus on health issues stemming from Graves' disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes overstimulation of the thyroid. "She wanted it to be her story to tell".

The talk show host's inner circle was largely unaware about her living situation. Williams, who said she had been diagnosed with the condition 20 years ago, previously took a break from the show for this reason, in February and March of 2018, months after she fainted on live TV.

The talk show host's revelation comes just days after she announced that she launched a national resource hotline, 1-888-5HUNTER (1-888-548-6837), to aid those suffering from drug addiction and substance abuse. ". It's a miracle I was able to stop".


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