Wendy Williams Reveals She Is Living in ‘Sober House’

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
March 20, 2019 Updated: March 20, 2019

NEW YORK—Wendy Williams says she’s living in a “sober house” because of addiction struggles.

The 54-year-old talk show host tearfully revealed the information Tuesday, March 19, to the audience at “The Wendy Williams Show.” She says the only other people who knew about where she was living up until her announcement Tuesday were her husband and son.

“You know me for being a very open and truthful person, and I’ve got more to the story for you,” Williams said tearfully in a video clip released Tuesday, March 19. “Well, for some time now, and even today and beyond, I have been living in a sober house.”

She said she now attends several meetings a day with other people battling drug addiction. She said that only her husband, Kevin Hunter, and her son, Kevin Hunter, Jr., knew what she was doing.

Williams has been addicted to cocaine in the past and never sought treatment.

“Nobody knew, because I look so glamorous out here,” she told the audience.

Williams says she works out after her show and then is driven by her “24-hour sober coach” to a home where she lives “with a bunch of smelly boys who have become my family.”

The residence has a 10 p.m. curfew, and after she wakes up in the morning, she comes directly from the sober house to host the show.

“Either you’re calling me crazy, or the bravest woman you know, I don’t care,” she said, towards the end of her speech.

She also shared how she and her family have a foundation that helps people in the same situation as her.

Williams is staying in a private residence in Long Island City, Queens, New York, run by the Pure Recovery Network, according to Daily Mail.

A source told Daily Mail that Williams entered the facility around Feb. 19. Before that, she was in Florida at a high-end drug rehabilitation facility. The source revealed that Williams was still able to obtain access to alcohol while she was there.

Williams returned to her talk show earlier this month for the first time since December, saying she was off because of continued thyroid issues associated with Graves’ disease.

NTD News Reporter Colin Fredericson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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