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Today, Wendy Williams is a loving mother, wife, and a very successful TV and radio host — not to mention, super confident when it comes to her body.
“I'm 5-foot-11, 165 pounds and I love my body at this point in my life,” she says in a new interview.
But the funny woman wasn’t always so happy. In the same interview, Wendy reveals she was constantly “fat shamed” by her family during her childhood.
“In the seventies I guess that is what they called 'love,'" she jokes, adding, “When I look back I was a little fluffy, but I wasn't fat.”
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And that led her down a destructive path. In college, she began heavily using cocaine.
“I didn't consider it a problem mainly because I had no money to fuel the habit,” she said.
When she landed her first big gig on NYC’s WRKS radio station in 1989, that’s when her addiction took a turn for the worse.
“I was making $60,000 a year, and at $35 a gram, cocaine was cheap,” she shares.
Luckily, love stepped in. After she met future husband Kevin Hunter, she slowly but surely stopped using. “I decided to step back and take an assessment of my life,” Wendy explains.
The pair eventually married and welcomed son Kevin Jr., now 13, after suffering two miscarriages.
Wendy gained 103 pounds from the combination of the miscarriages and pregnancy. She then decided to get a “mommy makeover,” which included a tummy tuck.
“It was a kickoff to a new way of life,” the now 15-years sober star tells People.
“I've corrected just about everything that bothered the hell out of me in my twenties, thirties and forties,” the 50-year-old continues.
“I have to say, this is not how I thought things would turn out. I'm sober, I've got my Kevins, my parents are still around to see my success.”