Wendy Williams revealed her weight and talked about how being “fat shamed” as a child led her to turn to drugs and to seek liposuction and other plastic surgery procedures. She spoke about the positive feelings she now has for her body and what it took to rebuild her self-esteem.
The 50-year-old talk show host and entertainment mogul is among very few celebrities and public figures who have revealed their exact weight.
In an interview with People Magazine, Wendy Williams, said, “I’m 5ft 11 in, 165 pounds and I love my body at this point in my life.’
She said that when growing up, her entire family fat shamed her. She quipped, “In the seventies I guess that is what they called “love.”‘ Reflecting she said, “When I look back I was a little fluffy, but I wasn’t fat.”
She also told People magazine that a fixation on her body and size led her to began using cocaine during college. She said, “‘I didn’t consider it a problem mainly because I had no money to fuel the habit.’
Later, as she had embarked on a successful career in radio, she continued her cocaine use. She got a big break in 1989 in New York City at R&B radio station WRKS; known as 98.7 Kiss FM, in the years before the station merged with rival WBLS. She said of those days, “I was making $60,000 a year, and at $35 a gram, cocaine was cheap.’
She revealed that meeting Kevin Hunter, whom she would eventually marry, was a turning point for her. She said, ‘I decided to step back and take an assessment of my life.’
While she was able to kick the cocaine habit and remain clean and sober for 15 years, she said that her weight had begun to present health problems. She said, “I gained 103 pounds,’and went on to add that after the birth of her first son, Kevin Hunter, Jr. she underwent cosmetic surgery — including a tummy tuck — which she termed a ‘mommy makeover’ and explained that “It was a kickoff to a new way of life.’
She went on to say, ‘I’ve corrected just about everything that bothered the hell out of me in my twenties, thirties and forties.”
Speaking now from this vantage point, having risen from radio personality to nationally syndicated talk show host and a celebrity in her own right, she said, “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.’
See more of the interview and a picture of Wendy Williams as a child here. A gallery of recent pictures can be seen below.
It remains still a cautionary tale. While “fat shaming” may be painful, what’s even more painful — and dangerous to one’s health, is the excess weight that prompted such derision. For Wendy Williams, it’s a victory as she’s overcome her challenges, and lost the weight. It’s an empowering story, and goes to show that we can resolve our problems, no matter what our circumstances and obstacles.
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