Talk show host Wendy Williams has filed for a divorce. This marks the end of her 20-year marriage to her manager Kevin Hunter, reported PEOPLE.
Williams filed for divorce on Thursday. This comes at a very difficult time in her life, which has led to her living in a sober house.
Williams, 54, and Hunter, 46, wed on November 30, 1997. They share one child, an 18-year-old son named Kevin Jr.
At the beginning of 2019, Williams took an extended hiatus from The Wendy Williams Show from January until March. She said that she needed to recover from a fracture in her shoulder, and she needed to take care of herself while she dealt with Grave's disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid.
When Williams was diagnosed with Grave's, she called her husband "a pillar of strength." She said that he was the person who stood beside her for the entire journey.
“My husband was extremely concerned,” she said in 2017. “He’s not just my husband, he’s my business partner, one of the executive producers on the show and he’s also my manager. He and I are glued at the hip.”
She added, “He was with me every step. For him, seeing me go through all of this, it’s really been trying on him. I’ve been concerned about him. I’m like, ‘Don’t worry about me!’”
However, their relationship was plagued with his infidelity. He cheated on Williams shortly after she gave birth to their son.
She claimed in 2013 that his affair had made their relationship stronger.
“It has made our marriage — and I know this is cliché, but it’s true — it’s made our marriage stronger,” she told VladTV in 2013. “No, I’m not back to the girl I was before him, because when you get stung like that, you never go back to who you were — only a fool does. But I love him, and he loves me, and we addressed it head-on.”
From that time on, the couple continued to be dogged by rumors of Hunter's infidelity. At the time, Williams waved off the allegations.
“I stand by my guy,” Williams said on her show in September 2017. “All is well in Hunterville. Don’t believe the hype and if there was hype, believe me you — I would let you know!”
Up until a month before the divorce was filed, she still said that she and her husband were strong.
“I’m still very much in love with my husband and anyone who’s been married … you know. Marriages have ebbs and flows, marriage isn’t easy. And don’t ask me about mine until you see this gone,” she added, gesturing to her wedding ring. “And it ain’t going anywhere, not in this lifetime.”
This was Williams’ second marriage. Please pray for everyone involved as they go through this difficult time.