Two weeks after returning to her nationally syndicated talk show, Wendy Williams is finally sharing her truth. Teary eyed and emotional, the 54 year old talk show host admitted that her extended hiatus from ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ was due to her battle with addiction.
“For some time now, and even today and beyond, I have been living in a sober house,” she told her audience on the March 19th episode of her show. Williams also stated she wanted to use her platform and personal experience to bring awareness to others and help end the silence surrounding drug abuse and addiction.
Wendy has been vocal about her past cocaine abuse on her show before, most notably during an emotional moment following the passing of Whitney Houston, who she called a friend in her head. Since then, Williams has used her personal experience with addiction to provide a unique perspective on celebrity struggles with substance abuse.
“Drugs were a demon I had to overcome,” she told People Magazine in 2014.
As an outspoken voice on both TV and radio, Wendy’s silence on the reasons behind her absence sparked concern from fans and multiple rumors. However, with her recent segment discussing her addiction treatment, Wendy Williams has taken back control of the narrative, silencing malicious theories and shining a light to the realities of on-going recovery.
During her revelation, Wendy Williams also stated:
“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. But there are people in your family, it might be you, who are struggling and I wanted to know more of the story. So this is my autobiographical story. I’m living it and I’m telling you this: after I go to 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. They don’t know I’m Wendy; they don’t care I’m Wendy. There’s no autographs, there’s no nothing… After I finish my appointments and seeing my brothers and sisters, breaking bread, I am driven by my 24 hour sober coach back to a home … here in the tri-state.”
Wendy goes on to describe her experience in a sober living facility, encouraging her viewers who may be experiencing addiction to reach out for help in recovery.