Wendy Williams Says Her Ex-Husband, Kevin Hunter, Helped Her Get Sober

Wendy Williams believes her grandfather, Kevin Hunter, played an important role in the pursuit of sobriety in the 1990s.

A guest of the TV show and a former disc jockey said she had not used substances like cocaine in more than 20 years. Williams said it Wendy Williams Exhibition that her journey with cocaine, in particular, began when she was starting out in the radio industry. It was during this time that Williams met Hunter. The pair broke up in January 2020 after 23 years.

Wendy Williams, Hunter Kevin and Carlos Narcisse will be attending the “Ask Wendy” Book Distribution Party at Pink Elephant on May 9, 2013 in New York City.
Kevin Hunter and Wendy Williams Johnny Nunez / WireImage

Wendy Williams said she knew it was time to stop her party tactics after meeting Kevin Hunter

During an interview with People in 2014, Williams spoke when she first started abusing substances. She said she first tried cocaine as an undergraduate student at Northeastern University in Boston. Williams said she continued to use cocaine sporadically throughout college but had no money to engage in the activity in the long term. However, that changed when Williams first landed work with New York City ‘s WRKS station in 1989.

    Wendy Williams dressed as Norma Kamali and Kevin Hunter will attend Wendy Williams and The Hunter Foundation gala at Hammerstein Ballroom.
Wendy Williams and Kevin Hunter Lev Radin / Pacific Press / LightRocket

In August 2019, Williams shared the real reason she decided to enter a solemn live facility with The New York Times Magazine. Williams said she knew Hunter’s news would go public soon. Williams felt like she needed time to deal with the outcome on her own.

“I had done my detective job. I knew what was going to happen, and I was like, ‘Let me go somewhere you can’t have the whole bottle of wine,’ ”Williams recalled. “When you see your husband’s mistress with a strong belly, and you’re a TV spy with a successful show, you know what’s going to happen. ”

How to get help: In the US, contact Administration of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services helpline at 1-800-662-4357

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