Wendy Williams is used to speaking her mind. After all, she has created a successful empire because of it, and people regularly tune in to hear what she has to say on The Wendy Williams Show. But it is not her professional success that has been making headlines in recent months. Instead, it is something of a much more personal nature; her relationship with her husband, Kevin Hunter.
Williams and Hunter met in the '90s and have been in a relationship for more than 20 years. During this time, Williams admitted that things were not perfect, and that marriage was hard work, or as she put it, marriages have “ebbs and flows.” But she also continued to deny that there was trouble in paradise, repeatedly defending her marriage and attempting to squash rumors that divorce was in the cards.
Williams publicly praised her husband for his support of her, she called him her best friend, her business partner, and simply stated they were “glued at the hip.” But in April 2019, that glue was no longer able to keep them together, and the talk show host filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences.
Below are 20 things to know about Wendy Williams' marriage and divorce.
20 They Met At An Ice Rink, And It Was The Second Marriage For Wendy
Wendy Williams met her soon-to-be ex-husband, Kevin Hunter, at an ice rink in 1994, E! News reports. She had been married before, to a salesman, who she referred to as Robert Morris III, in her book — she has chosen to keep his real identity to herself.
According to CheatSheet, not much is known about this first man who Williams called her “husband” (although that was not a title he had for a long time). They started dating in 1992, got married two years later, and then split after just one year of marriage. She met Hunter not long after separating from Morris III.
19 Kevin Hunter And Wendy Williams Were Married In 1997
Kevin Hunter and Wendy Williams exchanged vows in 1997, and unlike many other celebrity weddings, there are very few details known about Williams’ big day. What we do know is that her second marriage lasted for more than 20 years (an impressive achievement, especially in Hollywood), although this time together was not always blissful.
The couple had personal issues that they chose to work through in private, but Williams also made it clear that she was 100 percent committed to this marriage, even stating (via E! News) that her wedding ring would not be leaving her finger "— not in this lifetime."
18 But Even When They Were Together, Wendy Admitted That Marriage Was Not Easy
Spending 20 years with someone is no easy task, and it would be only normal to experience some ups and downs during the relationship. Wendy Williams chose to be honest about the fact that her marriage to Kevin Hunter was far from perfect, but she was still willing to fight for it.
"Anybody who's been married for five minutes or 500 years, you know marriages have ebbs and flows. Marriages are not easy," she said, according to E! News. She went on to state that people shouldn’t ask her about her marriage until her wedding ring was removed from her finger.
17 Not Long Into The Marriage, The Cracks In Their Relationship Started To Show, But Wendy Didn’t Want To Give Up
Few people would disagree with Wendy Williams' statement about marriage not being easy, because almost all relationships take work at some point. That said, Williams and Kevin Hunter had more problems than most, and this is because he was unable to stay committed.
After around three years of marriage, and not long after Williams gave birth to their only son, Kevin Jr., in 2000, the cracks in their relationship started to show. She discovered that there was another woman who held her husband’s affections, but decided to work it out with Hunter, and felt it actually made their marriage “stronger.”
16 She’s Admitted She Has No Plans To Ever Marry Again, But Would Like To Be In Love
It is unlikely that Wendy Williams will walk down the aisle for a third time following the breakdown of her second marriage to Kevin Hunter — but then again, you can never say never. She spoke about her reluctance to get married again while interviewing Christie Brinkley on The Wendy Williams Show (via Entertainment Tonight).
Brinkley has been married four times and told Williams she has no intention of making it five. Williams responded with “Me neither,” in relation to her getting married again, but added, "I mean, I don't know." However, she did say she would like to be in love again, and said, "It's nice to spoon at night. It's nice to sit by the fire with somebody."
15 Kevin Hunter And Wendy Williams Worked Together Professionally (But He May Be Out Of A Job Now)
Not only were Wendy Williams and Kevin Hunter in a romantic partnership, but they were also in a professional one. In addition to acting as his wife’s manager, Hunter was also an executive producer on The Wendy Williams Show — although it has since been reported that he is no longer on the show.
According to Entertainment Tonight, an insider said that Hunter was fired from the show, and a spokesperson confirmed this. "Kevin Hunter is no longer an executive producer on The Wendy Williams Show. Debmar-Mercury wishes him well in his future endeavors," the statement reads.
14 They Were Partners In Every Sense Of The Word And ‘Glued At The Hip’
In addition to being married, Wendy Williams and Kevin Hunter were also business partners and best friends. And Williams made her feelings about her husband known when she gushed about him in an interview with People.
"He's not just my husband, he's my business partner, one of the executive producers on the show and he's also my manager,” she said. “He and I are glued at the hip." And despite having their issues, Williams made it clear that she really loved her husband, admitting this publicly on more than one occasion.
“I want to shout out to my husband. I’m still wearing my ring,” she previously said, according to E! News. She later added, “I am still very much in love with my husband."
13 Despite Continually Denying There Was Trouble In Paradise, There Was
Wendy Williams did not want to admit that she and Kevin Hunter had irreconcilable differences before she filed for divorce on April 11. According to Hollywood Life, despite reports, she “consistently maintained” that they did not have marriage problems.
However, she did address the rumors that there was trouble in paradise. “He's my best friend, he's my lover, he's all this and he's all that. I know what you've been seeing and I know what the streets have been talking about,” she previously stated, according to E! News. She then showed everyone she was still wearing her wedding ring.
12 Prior To Their Divorce, Wendy Warned That There Were Only A Few Things That Would Make Her Call Time On The Relationship
Wendy Williams has admitted that her marriage to Kevin Hunter was not always easy, and she also spoke about one of his earlier indiscretions in her 2001 memoir, Wendy's Got the Heat. Although she had chosen to forgive Hunter when she first learned of what he had done, she made it clear that there were some things that would make her walk away from the relationship for good.
“The only thing that would make me walk out for good is if he lied about anything — if he was in love, if she was just as successful at what she does as I am... if she had his baby,” she wrote in her memoir (via Hollywood Life).
11 There Was Another Woman Involved In Her Divorce Decision, And She’s Believed To Have Had Kevin’s Baby
Much of Wendy Williams’ life is an open book, quite literally, because she spoke about her marriage problems and her husband’s indiscretions in her memoir. She also detailed that there were a few things that Kevin Hunter could do that would make her never want to take him back, and one of those things was to father another woman’s baby.
And according to Daily Mail, that is what happened during his relationship with a woman named Sharina Hudson. According to the publication, Williams filed for divorce just weeks after Hudson gave birth to a daughter, who is believed to be Hunter’s child.
10 Wendy And Kevin Have Just One Son, Kevin Jr.
Although the reports in the media suggest that Kevin Hunter became a father for a second time, thanks to his relationship with Sharina Hudson, he and Wendy Williams have just one child. The couple welcomed their son, Kevin Jr., in 2000, and the journey to becoming a mother was not an easy one for Williams.
“I fought tooth and nail to be a mother,” Williams told Essence during a 2015 interview. “I [had] several miscarriages including two at five months… We went through that not once but twice, me and my husband. So our Kevin is a hard-won child.”
9 Kevin Has Spoken About His Actions And Says He’s Not ‘Proud’ Of What He’s Done
There has been a lot of talk surrounding Kevin Hunter’s private life in recent months, and instead of remaining silent, he has chosen to speak out about what is going on between him and Wendy Williams. In a statement made to People, he spoke about his actions, and insisted that he regretted what he had done.
“I am not proud of my recent actions and take full accountability and apologize to my wife, my family, and her amazing fans,” he said. “I am going through a time of self-reflection and am trying to right some wrongs.”
8 He Has Also Called His Now Ex-Wife An ‘Amazing’ Woman
It is unclear whether Wendy Williams and Kevin Hunter will ever be able to repair their relationship (especially considering the wording in her divorce filing), but Hunter does seem to be trying. According to People, he gave a statement, which he used as an opportunity to address his wife, and commented on how he had wronged her.
This is what he had to say: “28 years ago I met an amazing woman: Wendy Williams. At the time, I didn’t realize that she would not only become my wife, but would also change the face of entertainment and the world. I have dedicated most of our lives to the business empire that is Wendy Williams Hunter, a person that I truly love and respect unconditionally…”
7 There Was A Time When Wendy Was Praising Her Man For His Support
Wendy Williams is honest with the public about the struggles she has, including her diagnosis of Grave’s Disease — according to People, she was diagnosed many years ago, but she told the publication she needed to take some time away from work to focus on her health after “neglecting my six month endocrinology appointment.”
Williams’ health has been a battle for her, but it was not something she had to do alone because Kevin Hunter was there to support her. A grateful Williams chose to thank her husband publicly for being there for her. "My husband was extremely concerned,” she previously told People of his reaction to her diagnosis. She added, “He was with me every step.”
6 This Marriage Was Something She Really Thought She Was Going To Be In Forever...
No one goes into a marriage thinking it will end in a few months or a few years, and then it’s fine to end it and move on to the next one. When people choose to exchange vows, they usually (at least at the time) believe they are going to be in it for the long haul. Marriage is a commitment, and Wendy Williams took hers seriously.
She also believed she would be married to Kevin Hunter forever. On an episode of The Wendy Williams Show (via Us Weekly) she gave an audience member advice on marriage, stating, “Marriage is for real. You want it to be forever, you want to make sure you have the right guy…”
5 ...But Wendy And Kevin Are Definitely Not On Speaking Terms Now
Wendy Williams filed for divorce in April 2019, citing "irreconcilable differences between the parties which have caused the breakdown of the marriage for a period of six months," Entertainment Tonight reports. The publication also notes that the divorce documents made it clear that there was "no reasonable prospect of reconciliation."
In the weeks that followed, it was reported by TMZ that Kevin Hunter had responded to the divorce petition and filed for spousal and child support. And while the details of their settlement are yet to be confirmed, an insider told People that Williams and Hunter have “had zero contact” since she saw photos of him with Sharina Hudson. She now “has nothing to say to him.”
4 Their Son, Kevin Jr., Had A Closer Relationship With His Father Than His Mother, At Least He Did As A Teen
Wendy Williams is a successful woman who has made a name for herself in the entertainment industry, but her personal life has not been without its issues. She addressed one of her problems when she spoke about how her only child preferred his father.
"What I discovered this weekend is that my son doesn't like me anymore…” she said, according to Nicki Swift. “He's the one who's 13 and I get it, I was the same way when I was 13, but it is breaking my heart."
She later spoke about how he does have a great relationship with his father. “He’s a father, he's a buddy, they talk sneakers, they go for haircuts, they speed off in the cars and I'm just left there…” she explained.
3 Wendy Has Been Getting Invitations To Get Out And Mingle Since Her Split
Wendy Williams is a successful woman, and now that she has made a decision to end her relationship of more than two decades, it doesn’t sound like she will be lonely because she is already getting invited out.
She briefly spoke about this on an episode of The Wendy Williams Show (via People), saying, “The invitations for social events just keep pouring into my phone. They really do. I was minding my own business last night, I was reading my book. All of a sudden my cell phone rings and it’s DJ Boof, asking me out for dinner.”
She later added that she got another invite, this time from radio host Charlamagne tha God (real name Lenard Larry McKelvey) who also wanted to take her to dinner.
2 Despite Her Professional Success, Wendy Said Family Was Always Her First Priority
Wendy Williams’ family has always been important to her. In an interview with Essence, she said, “I would’ve loved to have had more children but I don’t want to test my blessing. Being a mother is for me. It’s not for everybody. It’s for me.”
In addition to loving her role as a mother, she was also dedicated to being a great wife to Kevin Hunter, although she admitted to Forbes that marriage and babies can hinder a woman’s professional success. “Once you get married and have kids, you can't do all the things that you used to do and maintain this important precious thing that you built as a family,” she said.
1 Their Relationship Had Great Times (And Lavish Gifts Were Part Of It)
At this point, it’s clear that Wendy Williams and Kevin Hunter did not have a perfect relationship, and long before her decision to file for divorce, she had shared that her marriage had its ups and downs — or as she put it, it “ebbs and flows.”
But the pair also seemed determined to make it work. According to People, when the couple was reported to be experiencing one particularly “rough patch” in their relationship in 2019, Hunter made a lavish gesture. He “upgraded Williams’ Franck Muller watch by adding 25 carats worth of diamonds to the band and the face.”
References: E! News, Entertainment Tonight, People, Us Weekly