The queen of Hot Topics finally reported on herself.
Following the Saturday premiere of “Wendy Williams: The Movie” on Lifetime, Wendy Williams opened up about her incredible—and often chaotic—life in the documentary, “Wendy Williams: What a Mess!”
While it was full of her signature sass and attitude, she also offered more than just a cryptic line about her life and ex-husband, Kevin Hunter.
“This has been a year from hell, in a good way,” Williams, 56, opened the documentary while strapped into her lymphedema machine.
Chomping on Doritos and caviar, which she described as a “party in your ghetto mouth,” Williams used her own words to describe everything from her numerous miscarriages to learning about Hunter’s new baby.
Here are the nine biggest revelations:
Williams’ battle with her weight and subsequent eating disorder
Williams’ parents, Shirley Skinner Williams and Thomas Williams Sr., often criticized the future radio and TV host about her weight and forced her to weigh herself every day.
“Wendy is overweight,” her mom, who has since passed away, bluntly recalled of her daughter’s childhood build.
Her parents would pack Wendy tuna and mustard with some grapes for lunch while she was in the first grade, but she would sneak to purchase ice cream and other snacks. To manipulate the scale during her weigh-ins, she’d lean to one side.
Ultimately, the criticism took its toll and she became bulimic. One night, her brother Tommy caught her, but it didn’t stop her. She eventually stopped throwing up because she read in a tabloid that a famous star’s teeth started rotting from the vomit.
“I’m a toothinista,” Wendy said in the documentary.
Her Whitney Houston interview was the turning point in her career
In a now-legendary interview from 2003, Wendy talked to an incensed Houston over the phone for her radio show about her drug abuse, Bobby Brown’s struggles with the law, and how it affects their daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, and more.
The tense conversation revealed a side of the legendary singer no one had seen before, and the interview catapulted Wendy’s career.
Unbeknownst to many, what was considered a success to everyone was a dark time for the daytime talk show host.
“I was overwhelmed with overwhelmedness,” Wendy said.
Sherrick allegedly raped Wendy
During Wendy’s press tour ahead of the Lifetime premieres, Wendy claimed artist Sherrick “date raped” her. The widow of the R&B singer, who died in 1999, told Page Six the claims were “painful.”
“Sherrick was a beautiful man, a genius with a voice like an angel,” Lynne Conner Smith said. “We have three amazing children. This is quite painful to not only us but his nieces and siblings.”
It was a surprising choice for Wendy to reveal her alleged rapist’s identity, as she wouldn’t in the documentary because he’s a “one-hit wonder.”
Wendy nearly died from her drug addiction
Wendy started snorting cocaine as a means to stay awake during her overnight radio shifts. She would do it five days a week for years, but eventually, the habit caught up to her.
“It was no big deal and no big deal became a big deal,” she said in the documentary.
One night, she passed out and hit her head in the radio station bathroom when nobody was there to help her.
“It’s a miracle I’m sitting here now actually,” she said of the accident.
Wendy’s pregnancy struggles
Wendy suffered numerous pregnancy losses with Hunter before they were married.
During her first pregnancy with Hunter, she miscarried at five weeks. Getting pregnant again, Wendy then lost her second child at five months. Feeling it was God’s plan for them to get married, Hunter and Wendy secretly married without telling their families until after the ceremony.
Tragically, Wendy suffered a second pregnancy loss at five months and, while sobbing, recalled having to deliver a stillborn baby girl.
“I don’t know too many people who could go through what she went through back then,” Wendy’s sister, Wanda, shared.
She eventually gave birth to Kevin Hunter Jr. in 2000.
Wendy’s penchant for plastic surgery
Longtime fans know Wendy is no stranger to going under the knife for a nip/tuck, but she became incredibly candid about everything she’s done, why she did it and when she did it.
During the documentary, Wendy revealed she told Hunter, whom she described as “hustler hot” on their “first or second date,” that she planned to get breast implants and liposuction—honesty appeared to be the best policy for her from day one—a few months later, and he was supportive.
A few years later after giving birth to their son, Kevin Hunter Jr., Wendy caught Hunter cheating on her and decided to better her body, so she went for a tummy tuck and more liposuction.
Kevin Hunter becomes “very controlling” and allegedly verbally abusive
Hunter, who managed Williams’ career throughout their marriage, started to cut people out of Williams’ life, including longtime friend and colleague DJ Mister Cee, who appeared in the documentary. Williams’ former producer, Arthur Evans, said Hunter became “very controlling,” and claimed he was feared by many.
Eventually, Hunter was banned from Wendy’s radio station because he was allegedly verbally abusing Williams and radio management.
Williams also revealed that her longtime security guard, James, was “dismissed” because Hunter believed he and Wendy were getting too close.
“I was an emotionally abused woman,” she said in the documentary, “and I was taken advantage of horrifically.”
Wendy definitively stated that Hunter never physically abused her.
“He’s not a woman beater,” she said. “He’s just a weird man with a lot of issues.”
In 2018, Wendy fractured her shoulder. At the time, rumors swirled that Hunter was the real cause of the injury, but in the documentary, Wendy maintained that she fell and broke her arm “on my own.”
Hunter attended every “Wendy Williams Show” production meeting, but one time he arrived late so Wendy started without him. When Hunter showed up, he fractured the glass office table out of rage.
“We were partly in denial and partly hoping it would be OK,” Debmar-Mercury co-president Ira Bernstein said of Hunter.
The on-air Halloween collapse
On Halloween 2017, Wendy, dressed as the Statue of Liberty, passed out on live TV.
At the time, her spokesman said it was a result of dehydration. In the documentary, she didn’t say what caused it, but she did say it was the moment she decided to forgive Hunter for his infidelities up until that point because he swooped in and picked her up like a “damsel in distress” and encouraged her to finish the show.
When Wendy first found out that Hunter had been living with Sharina Hudson in a house just nine miles from their family home in New Jersey, Wendy showed up at the house and glued their mailbox shut and spray-painted “Kevin + Wendy 4 Ever!” on the garage door.
Though devastated, Wendy was willing to look past the alleged affair until one day she spotted Hudson in her Livingston, New Jersey, driveway snapping photos for an unknown reason. Looking closer, Wendy noticed a baby bump.
Drinking three bottles of wine before her husband came home, Wendy lost it.
“I went ham,” she said of her interaction with Hunter.
She started drinking more and more, and Hunter sent her first to rehab in Florida and then checked her into the sober-living facility in Queens when she needed to go back to filming the show. Williams said she only came clean about the sober house because the paparazzi had been following her.
What fans didn’t know, however, was that her chauffeurs to-and-from the “halfway house” were “horrible people,” who disconnected her office phone line and wouldn’t let her connect to the outside world in any capacity.
She also revealed that while staying there, her father had a stroke one week and her mother had one another week.
After becoming healthy and checking out of the sober-living facility, Williams knew she had to file for divorce.
Following her divorce, Williams sold their New Jersey home and moved into her “bachelorette pad” in New York City, where she swims every day.
“I love my building,” she said of the Financial District apartment. “It makes me feel worthy.”
A rep for Hunter told Lifetime that Williams’ claims were either false or inaccurate.
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