“I never got busted by the cops. Honestly, I was high careening around Manhattan and New Jersey high. I come from a two-parent household … I come from a good family and I had never shamed them, and plus I earned my career,” she told the outlet over the phone on Thursday.
“Look, I was very popular at the time I decided to stop. If I were to be busted that would’ve definitely been New York Post front cover,” Wendy continued. “I just woke up one day and I said, ‘Girl, you need to stop before it really goes down.’”
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According to the publication, she developed a cocaine habit while working in radio years ago, but now, Williams and her Hunter Foundation have launched a new philanthropic campaign called Be Here, which aims to combat drug and substance abuse.
“I lost a little over 10 years of my life regarding substance abuse, but I’m now going into Season 10 [of ‘The Wendy Williams Show’]. I’m married, I have a great career and a flourishing business … it’s not that you fall down, it’s how you rise. And if you rise, then you reach back. This is a reach back.”
“The Wendy Williams Show” premieres the 10th season on Monday, and regarding its success, Wendy said: “I talk how I talk. I think how I think. I love daytime TV, but there was nobody on TV doing it like me, so when I got the opportunity to do it, I said, ‘OK well, I can only be me. How long is this going to last?’”
Meanwhile, Williams, who was diagnosed with Graves’ disease earlier this year, has learned how to take better care of herself.
“I learned to say ‘no’ more. In the first season, I said ‘yes’ to everything … I was a pleaser. Now I’m like ‘meh,’” she said. “I’ve learned to take care of myself. I’m 54 years old, our son is off in college. It’s me and my husband [Kevin Hunter].
“I’ve learned to say ‘no’ with no regrets.”