Wendy Williams Opens Up About Her Cocaine Addiction
In addition to Wendy Williams’ Hunter Foundation, she recently launched a campaign to combat with individuals struggling with substance abuse called Be Here. Celebrities who are in the limelight are typically approached by family and close friends for interventions with the substance or alcohol abuse much like Demi Lovato, but there are some who recognize the error of the ways before others are forced to intervene. The talk show host was one of those people. Throughout the years, Wendy has remained transparent about her addiction to cocaine. She recently revealed she quit cold turkey telling Page Six,
“Look, I was very popular at the time I decided to stop. If I were to be busted that would’ve definitely been [a] New York Post front cover. I just woke up one day and I said, ‘Girl, you need to stop before it really goes down.’”
With skepticism of career sabotage, she also says it was her background that gave her a push to stop.
“I never got busted by the cops. Honestly, I was high careening around Manhattan and New Jersey high. I come from a two-parent household … I come from a good family and I had never shamed them, and plus I earned my career.”
The Be Here campaign is targeted to provide a deeper recognition to substance and she also wants people to know addiction,
“doesn’t have to be your demise.”
The reason she’s decided to take a part in helping people overcome addiction is because,
“I lost a little over 10 years of my life regarding substance abuse, but I’m now going into Season 10 [of ‘The Wendy Williams Show’]. I’m married, I have a great career and a flourishing business … it’s not that you fall down, it’s how you rise. And if you rise, then you reach back. This is a reach back.”
As she embarks on her tenth season set to premiere on Monday, she says,
“I learned to say ‘no’ more. In the first season, I said ‘yes’ to everything … I was a pleaser. Now I’m like ‘meh’. I’ve learned to take care of myself. I’m 54 years old, our son is off in college. It’s me and my husband [Kevin Hunter].”
You can check your local listings to catch the time slot Wendy will be on your TV screens.