As she strikes ahead together with her divorce, particulars on Wendy Williams‘ cut up from her longtime love and supervisor Kevin Hunter — who allegedly fathered a baby together with his mistress — are coming to mild.
A supply who has hung out with Williams for the reason that breakup tells PEOPLE that the daytime host believes Hunter’s alleged affair has been occurring for greater than a decade. (The couple has been married for 21 years).
“Wendy is telling folks she had no concept he had been having an affair, however when she came upon the main points, it turned out he had been seeing the lady he had a child with for 15-16 years,” the supply says. “That made her notice it was time to maneuver ahead together with her life. Search remedy and transfer on. She’s not taking him again.”
“It’s onerous after being married for thus lengthy and having a household collectively, to have the ability to transfer ahead,” provides the supply of Williams, who shares son Kevin Jr., 19, with Hunter. “However she realized she needed to open her eyes to a nasty marriage. So many stick round when they need to get out.”
Reps for Williams and Hunter didn’t instantly return PEOPLE’s requests for remark.
Williams filed for divorce from Hunter final week after 21 years of marriage. Her private rep issued a press release to PEOPLE, saying, “Thanks to everybody for respecting the household’s privateness throughout this time. Kevin is supportive of Wendy and they’re working by means of this course of collectively. No extra remark will likely be supplied at the moment.”
On Tuesday, Hunter broke his silence on the cut up in a press release to PEOPLE.
“28 years in the past I met an incredible lady: Wendy Williams. On the time, I didn’t notice that she wouldn’t solely grow to be my spouse, however would additionally change the face of leisure and the world,” he mentioned. “I’ve devoted most of our lives to the enterprise empire that’s Wendy Williams Hunter, an individual that I actually love and respect unconditionally.”
“I’m not pleased with my current actions and take full accountability and apologize to my spouse, my household and her superb followers,” he continued. “I’m going by means of a time of self-reflection and am making an attempt to proper some wrongs. It doesn’t matter what the result is or what the long run holds, we’re nonetheless The Hunter Household and I’ll proceed to work with and totally help my spouse on this enterprise and thru any and all obstacles she could face residing her new lifetime of sobriety, whereas I additionally work on mine. I ask that you simply please give me and my household privateness as we heal. Thanks.”
It’s not the primary time the couple has weathered a dishonest scandal: Hunter cheated on Williams after she gave start to their son, a painful interval she described in her 2004 memoir Wendy’s Acquired the Warmth.
“The cut up is unquestionably as a result of Kevin’s ongoing infidelity and that his mistress just lately welcomed their little one,” the supply mentioned. “Wendy had employed a non-public investigator and confronted him. He confessed to every part three weeks in the past.”
“The entire current drama put an enormous pressure on Wendy and triggered her to wrestle together with her sobriety as she did every part she may to try to save their marriage,” the supply continued.
“The choice to separate was terribly onerous for her, however she’s regaining her well being,” the supply added. “She determined she wanted to lastly put herself first.”
The cut up comes at a difficult time for the star. After taking an prolonged hiatus from The Wendy Williams Present from January to March, Williams, who has lengthy been open a couple of previous habit to cocaine, revealed final month that she has been residing in a sober home.
On Monday’s broadcast of The Wendy Williams Present, Williams mentioned she would “transferring out of the sober home in only a few days” and alluded to her divorce whereas reflecting on the motto of her Scorching Subjects phase, “Their enterprise is our enterprise.”
“It’s loopy ’trigger now my enterprise is your corporation,” she mentioned with fun. “It’s form of humorous. Turnabout’s a good recreation, I get it.”
“I’ve to let you know, you realize, I’ve been coping with points with habit, alcoholism, and I’ve an entire new life that I deliberate for myself and my son,” she continued. “Consider me you, if you lay in a room with no TV and 4 grey partitions all day … that is my life within the sober home, it’s top-of-the-line issues, truthfully, that would have ever occurred to me.”
Williams vowed to proceed being sincere together with her followers.
“Addressing my sobriety, my habit, head-on has actually helped me type out each single compartment of my life,” she mentioned. “I’ve a dedication to me and my son to come back out of right here higher, stronger and quicker than ever. And by the best way, I’ll nonetheless commit. … I commit that the motto of this present will all the time be, ‘Their enterprise is our enterprise.’”
The Wendy Williams Present airs weekdays (examine native listings).