‘Bravest Woman I Know’- The World Applauds Wendy Williams for Opening Up About Addiction
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There are a lot of people that don’t understand addiction and are quick to dismiss it. But just because you don’t understand something, doesn’t mean it isn’t real to the person living it. Addiction is a nightmare, a disease, and no one is immune. We are standing behind Wendy Williams, because people making their way through the darkness that is addiction, need all the support they can get. It takes courage, trust and an unbelievable amount of strength to do what she did. The hardest part really is admitting you have a problem. We support Wendy and anyone else the chooses to better themselves and save their own life. Enjoy the story and all the tweets with people showing their support.
Wendy Williams‘ fans are flooding her with support after she revealed she’s living in a sober house.
Williams, who has struggled with a cocaine addiction in the past, made the announcement Tuesday on The Wendy Williams show. Both fans and her peers in the industry praised the host on Twitter after she spoke out, admitting, “Either you’re calling me crazy or the bravest woman you know, I don’t care.”
“I say bravest woman I know,” CNN anchor Don Lemon tweeted. “@WendyWilliams finally speaks her truth about recovery. #WendyWilliams #TheHunterFoundation.”
“Proud of @WendyWilliams for taking this major step!” Tamron Hall wrote in reply to Lemon’s tweet. “Her journey will inspire so many people in the same situation… using her voice for good.”
— Tamron Hall (@tamronhall) March 19, 2019
Andy Lassner, executive producer of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, also commended Williams for speaking out.
“I love @WendyWilliams for sharing her truth because it will help others,” he tweeted.
— andy lassner (@andylassner) March 19, 2019
“Wendy Williams revealing on her show today that she’s currently living in a sober house has to be one of the bravest moments ever on daytime talk TV,” tweeted entertainment correspondent and host Chris Witherspoon. “Bravo Queen Wendy.”
Wendy Williams revealing on her show today that she’s currently living in a sober house has to be one of the bravest moments ever on daytime talk TV. Bravo Queen Wendy! 👑 https://t.co/MgdRsR4pit
— Chris Witherspoon (@WitherspoonC) March 19, 2019
Viewers at home are also speaking out in support of Williams.
“This is amazing! Coming from a family that has struggled with addiction (I lost both my parents to it)… transparency is much appreciated,” tweeted one fan. “I’m so glad @WendyWilliams is doing something to help others that are going through the struggle. Hats off! Bravo!”
“There’s something powerful about not only standing in and speaking your truth but also not being ASHAMED of the truth you share. #WendyWilliams,” tweeted another.
This is amazing! Coming from a family that has struggled with addiction ( I lost both my parents to it)… transparency is much appreciated. I’m so glad @WendyWilliams is doing something to help others that are going through the struggle. Hats off! Bravo! https://t.co/K3xmBPlfN7
— Carlita's Way 💃🏽🐶👮🏼🍷🍻📚🌵 (@Carleezors) March 19, 2019
There’s something powerful about not only standing in and speaking your truth but also not being ASHAMED of the truth you share. #WendyWilliams
— A N & CO. (@ajeanicole) March 19, 2019
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, help is available.
— Wendy Williams (@WendyWilliams) March 19, 2019
Say what you want about @WendyWilliams but she always keeps it a bean. Living in your truth is so liberating AND it doesn’t allow room for someone else to tell your story. Blessing to her on her journey #nojudgment https://t.co/G0f0rY8lL1
— Bun-Bun (@Bun_Bun_1979) March 19, 2019
You never know what journey someone takes to muster up the strength and courage to show up every day. I'm inspired by @WendyWilliams's brave decision to share her truth. Praying for her, her family, and anyone else struggling to hold onto or reclaim their light. I see you.
— Brit Fitzpatrick (@BritFitzpatrick) March 19, 2019
Williams, 54, had been absent from her eponymous daytime talk program from January until March 4, attributing the hiatus to a fractured shoulder and her battle with a Grave’s disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid.
Her and her family’s Hunter Foundation recently partnered with T.R.U.S.T., an organization dedicated to building a bridge from treatment to long-term recovery, to launch a national resource hotline.
On Tuesday, Williams admitted that her husband Kevin Hunter was the only person who knew she was seeking treatment.
“I have been living in a sober house. … You know, I’ve had a struggle with cocaine in the past,” she said. “I never went to a place to get treatment … there are people in your family, it might be you, who have been struggling … I want you to know more of the story.”
“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 here in the tri-state with a bunch of smelly boys who have become my family. They hog the TV and watch soccer and we talk and read.”
At the facility, it’s “doors locked by 10 p.m., lights out by 10 p.m., so I go to my room and stare at the ceiling and fall asleep to wake up to come here and see you,” she continued. “So that is my truth.”
Williams has open about her drug use in the past, previously telling PEOPLE that she was addicted to cocaine for about a decade early on in her career.
“I was a functioning addict,” she told Entertainment Tonightthis link opens in a new tab in July 2018. “I report to work on time, and I’d walk in and all my co-workers, including my bosses, would know but since I would have my headphones on and walk in the studio and [they] wouldn’t fire me because I was making ratings.”
“A functioning addict has several alarm clocks, you’re organized,” she continued. “It’s a miracle I was able to stop.”