Television host Wendy Williams, 54, announced on March 19 that she is currently seeking treatment for addiction and has been living in a sober house.
Her emotional statement was made on camera during an episode of “The Wendy Williams Show.”
“I have been living in a sober house,” Williams said. “You know I’ve had a struggle with cocaine in the past.”
Williams did not say what specific substance she was seeking treatment for, but did say this was the first time she has sought help.
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“You know I’ve had struggle with cocaine in my past, and I never went to a place to get treatment,” Williams said. “There are people in your family, it might be you — I want you to know more of the story.”
Williams said that up until now, only her husband Kevin Hunter knew she was living in a sober house.
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“Only Kevin knows about this. Not my parents, nobody. Nobody knew because I look so glamorous out here,” she said.
“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.”
Williams continued by giving a few details about her new routine saying the doors are locked at 10 p.m. and lights out are also at 10 p.m.
“So I go to my room and stare at the ceiling and fall asleep to come here and see you,” Williams said. “So that is my truth.”
According to People, Williams has been open about her struggle with drugs in the past.
She worked for years as a functioning drug addict, Williams said, adding it was a “miracle” that she was able to stop.
Williams pleaded with viewers to also seek help if they need it and offered up The Hunter Foundation, a non-profit she founded alongside her husband, as a resource for drug education, prevention and rehabilitation programs.