Wendy Williams and her husband, who was also her manager and business partner, were together since 1997 before parting ways in 2019.
There are times that make us reconsider our marriage completely. We could be with that person for years and then they do or say something that makes us see them in a completely new light. Being in love makes many of us blind to the flaws of the people we are with and it might be too late by the time we realize that they are not right for us.
TV host Wendy Williams, 56, and Kevin Hunter, 47, were married since 1997 but it took Williams many years to figure out that he was not the right person for her. About a month after their son, Kevin Jr.'s birth in 2000, she overheard Hunter speaking to another woman. She listened to the phone call quietly and realized that he was cheating on her, according to CheatSheet. She did forgive him then, but their marriage was always marred with rumors of affairs and even sexual harassment.
In 2008, Hunter was accused by someone who worked on Williams' radio show but she chose to stand by his side. Nine years later, there were fresh rumors that Hunter was cheating on the talk show host. In 2017, it was reported that Hunter had been in a 10-year relationship with a massage therapist but again Williams chose to side with Hunter. However, the talk show host was not satisfied and hired a private investigator.
What she found out more than what she bargained for. "Wendy is telling people she had no idea he had been having an affair, but when she found out the details, it turned out he had been seeing the woman he had a baby with for 15-16 years," a source told People.com. "That made her realize it was time to move forward with her life. Seek treatment and move on. She’s not taking him back. It’s hard after being married for so long and having a family together, to be able to move forward," they said, adding, "But she realized she had to open her eyes to a bad marriage. So many stick around when they should get out."
Williams filed for divorce in early 2019. "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. No additional comment will be provided at this time," her statement said. She also announced publicly in March 2019 that she was undergoing treatment for her addiction.
Hunter, who was also her manager, decided to apologize publicly, "I am not proud of my recent actions and take full accountability and apologize to my wife, my family and her amazing fans. I am going through a time of self-reflection and am trying to right some wrongs. No matter what the outcome is or what the future holds, we are still The Hunter Family and I will continue to work with and fully support my wife in this business and through any and all obstacles she may face living her new life of sobriety, while I also work on mine."
Later, the talk show host said that she had an inkling about Hunter's "double life". Speaking to Andy Cohen on his SiriusXM channel, Radio Andy, she said, "I knew a lot of things for years."
Her decision to part ways with Hunter was also influenced by her son, who lived at home until then. "It wasn’t fair to him. You know, I’m not going to grab his hand and flee the scene and move zip codes. You know, now he has to move high schools and stuff like that. He’s just making friends. So now he’s away in college, and the person I am now is very single because he’s not living with me. He goes to school in Miami," she said, according to People.com.
Williams also removed Hunter from her life professionally. He is no longer the executive producer of The Wendy Williams Show and she dissolved The Hunter Foundation, the non-profit organization they founded together. She is resolute that she would never take him back and they have finalized their divorce and settlements.