Wendy Williams’ son recently attributed her worsening health and alcoholism to her team’s negligence, but the former talk-show host’s manager has now denied these allegations.
Kevin Hunter Jr. lived with his mother in Florida from late 2021 to Spring 2022. When Williams handed over her financial affairs to a court-appointed guardianship in May last year, he lost a lot of the support he had been receiving from her. In an interview with The U.S. Sun, he expressed that her alcoholism is the root cause of their strained relationship.
“I know the rate that she uses alcohol isn’t like a normal person — and we’ve spoken about it,” Hunter said. “And it’s gotten to a point where yes, it could have that effect that it might be fatal because it affects her way worse than a normal person since it stays in her system.”
He went on to detail his ailing mother’s condition and blamed the people she surrounds herself with enabling her self-destructive behavior. Williams’ inner circle, he claimed, have been taking advantage of her wealth and poor judgment amid her battle with substance abuse.
“There are a lot of people who are very aware that there is an issue with her drinking, and how that issue may be helped, but I think these people are taking advantage of it while allowing it to play out to make it look like they aren’t causing the issue,” he continued.
“They had her in a position where she was agreeing to a lot that she shouldn’t have. When I heard that, that turned me off. In trying to attempt to know what everyone’s intention is around her, at first, I was like, ‘Okay, this is the team she wants to have around.’ But once I heard that she was agreeing to stuff around her rehab, I thought, ‘Well, okay — they are taking advantage.’”
Williams’ manager, Will Selby, has since refuted Hunter’s claims during a conversation with Entertainment Tonight. “Taking advantage of her for what? To get what? To do what? I’m not here to brag but I was doing just okay before Wendy came along and I insisted on helping her because she requested my assistance,” Selby said.
“Wendy is under a guardianship. Everything that she does gets approved by the guardianship. A court-appointed guardianship. So, no one, even if they wanted to take advantage of her — everything has to get approved by that court.”
Hunter did make it clear that he wasn’t trying to come across as angry because his mother’s team might not understand the severity of her condition. Selby, however, believes that discussing personal matters with a publication instead of reaching out to his Williams was the wrong move on her son’s part.
“I’m not here to be combative about whatever allegations he has,” the manager said. “He’s entitled to his opinion. I’m just trying to say that us, as adults, let’s be responsible and let’s actually utilize some common sense. Someone was near death, someone like your mother. Why would you go to an online publication to discuss it with them?”
Regarding Williams’ well-being at the moment, Selby shared the following: “Wendy is at a facility doing her best to be her best. She’s taking it day by day. And that’s another thing, too, does anybody even ask like, ‘How’s she doing?’ Does anyone even care … I feel like everyone just puts out negative information about her and that’s the focus.”