For weeks now, I’ve been saying that the Wendy Williams tea went from scandalous to tragic in about one newscycle. It went from “Wendy’s perfect marriage is a sham, her husband’s a cheater” to “Wendy is an abused woman and her husband is a manipulative monster who impregnated another woman” in about a day. It was awful. Yes, reportedly Kevin Hunter has had a mistress for years, and the mistress gave birth a few weeks ago. Kevin apparently manipulated Wendy into a sober-living facility while he dealt with his mistress’s labor and delivery. Wendy has also been struggling with a relapse of drug and alcohol abuse, and after she learned of Kevin’s mistress, she went on a bender that left her hospitalized and weak. For weeks, people have been trying to convince her to leave Kevin. Well, she finally has.
Wendy Williams is splitting from longtime love and manager Kevin Hunter. The daytime talk show host filed for divorce Thursday after two decades of marriage, a source confirms to PEOPLE.
“Thank you to everyone for respecting the family’s privacy during this time. Kevin is supportive of Wendy and they are working through this process together,” the personal representative for Wendy Williams told PEOPLE in a statement. “No additional comment will be provided at this time.”
A representative for her show released the following statement: “Wendy and her family have been a part of Debmar-Mercury for over 10 years,. We respect their privacy regarding personal matters. As always, we remain committed to bringing an entertaining and topical show to our viewers.”
Williams, 54, and Hunter, 46, wed on Nov. 30, 1997, and share son Kevin Jr., 19.
Earlier Thursday, Williams hosted her show without wearing her wedding ring — or mentioning any marital issues.
That’s the official story, but it’s worth noting that Page Six has been breaking news on Wendy for a while, and their exclusive has further detail – their sources say that Wendy was wearing a fake wedding ring this week while she filmed her show, which is actually kind of boring gossip. The worst is that Page Six has a source who says that Kevin abused and terrorized Wendy at home and at work, and “She would hide in the bathroom and tell me to knock on the door when he left the office so she wouldn’t have to see him.” The unnamed former intern also told Page Six that is was quite common for Hunter to pull Wendy into a room, close the door and people could hear him slapping her. Abusive relationships… it’s remarkable that Wendy finally figured out a way to get the f–k out.
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