It’s over. Wendy Williams and her husband, Kevin Hunter, are getting a divorce after more than 21 years of marriage, a source confirmed to In Touch. But why are they splitting? Back in early March, the daytime talk show host seemed to debunk rumors of trouble in her marriage, telling her audience that her husband is her “best friend” and “lover.” By the end of the month, however, she’d opened up about her battle with addiction and the fact that she’d moved out of her marital home and into a sober house. She was also spotted leaving the sober house without her wedding ring.
In early March, Wendy told viewers, “I am still wearing my ring. … Don’t ask about [my marriage] until you see this gone.” She insisted that she wouldn’t be seen without the rock “in this lifetime,” but on Thursday, April 11, it appeared that she was no longer wearing the jewelry while filming The Wendy Williams Show. According to documents obtained by In Touch and first covered by Radar Online, Wendy had filed divorce papers just one day earlier, April 10. For years, cheating rumors have surrounded the couple, and on April 4, pictures from 2007 resurfaced that show Wendy and her husband partying with his alleged mistress, Sharina Hudson.
With the rumors seeming to gain more traction than ever lately, it’s possible that infidelity is the reason for the split. Of course, it’s also possible that Wendy’s struggle with sobriety contributed to their marriage breaking down. On March 22, Kevin told Entertainment Tonight, “We’re doing well as a family. We are moving forward with working on her sobriety and doing the work to help others, not just ourselves. … It is a family process. Anybody that has to deal with this knows this a family process … and we are dealing with it and moving forward.”
Though the divorce papers don’t specific, they do cite “irreconcilable differences” as the basis for the split. “There exists irreconcilable differences between the parties, which have caused the breakdown of the marriage for a period of six (6) months and which make it appear that the marriage should be dissolved as there is no reasonable prospect of reconciliation,” read the filings obtained by In Touch. It seems that, despite the couple’s claims in March, things have been on the rocks for a while now.
If you ask Brandi Glanville, she’d likely say their problems are Wendy’s fault. “I did an appearance in Vegas with her [a long time ago] where she was not okay, very sloppy, and her husband kept apologizing for her because she was a mess,” she said on the March 29 episode of her podcast, Brandi Glanville Unfiltered. She claimed Wendy was “not nice,” and said that she was “that mean and her poor husband at the time, this was years ago, was apologizing all over the place.” She claimed, “[Her marriage has] been over for a long ass time, sorry.”
Though the star hasn’t officially confirmed the news herself, her personal representative has released a statement. “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,” they shared, adding that they have “no additional comment” on the subject at this time. Similarly, a spokesperson for the show also weighed in, sharing, “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.”
Though it’s the Wendy Williams Show, Kevin is also part of the crew. IMDB lists him as an executive producer on 892 episodes from 2011-2016. It’s not yet clear if he will have a role in the show going forward. However, fans may see the talk show herself address the divorce at some point on-screen. Though she has denied rumors in the past, she prides herself in being honest with her fans. “It’s weird doing ‘Hot Topics’ and being a hot topic,” she said on March 4. “You know what I mean? What I love about our show is you’ve given me permission to be me. What I love about me is I am fearless to give me you.”
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