Behind that huge personality she’s just a regular girl who struggles and faces some of the same adversities that we encounter. Wendy Williams is gracing the latest issue of Uptown Magazine and she looks gorgeous.
Things haven’t always been peachy cream for our favorite talk show host. Wendy’s prestigious parents weren’t always pleased with the loud mouth girl who spoke about others on the radio, like Diddy for example. During Wendy’s radio days she and Puffy weren’t the best of friends but she’s put that all behind her now and would love for him to come on her show. Although she may not let things concerning her career affect her as much anymore she continues to deal with personal problems in hindisght like the miscarriages, drug addiction and unhealthy relationship with her son.
Inside Wendy takes you through her life journey as she talks about what it was like growing up as a child, doing radio in the 90′s and the challenges that came along with it and what its like to be married and have a family as an African-American woman.
Peep the excerpts below.
On what her childhood was like:
Wendy Joan Williams was born July 18, 1964, in Asbury Park, New Jersey, to Thomas and Shirley Williams, who also have an older daughter and younger son.
A lot of my parents’ friends were engineers, doctors and lawyers,” she remembers. It sounds very much like a Cosby Show existence, I say. “Yes! And I was Lisa Bonet. But, you see how that turned out.”
Bonet’s character Denise Huxtable was a bit of a firebrand, and parents Heathcliff and Clair both worried about her future: so yes, Williams is correct in comparison. Tom and Shirley were especially concerned during their daughter’s tumultuous tenure at Hot 97. “My parents were very embarrassed by the way I conducted myself on the radio and I know that,” she admits. “They would fake happy, meanwhile their friends would say, ‘That Wendy is something else.’ But I was getting popularity from being that ‘something else.’ But I don’t think that was what my parents had in mind when they thought of my career. My older sister is an attorney and my younger brother is a schoolteacher. No, I wasn’t out there doing full splits in Playboy magazine, but it is still not what my parents would have wanted me to gravitate to.”
On her career:
“I was in my early 20s, making $60,000 a year, with no student loans or car note,” she says with the same verge she probably felt at that time in her life. “That was rich! I was running around Manhattan, doing my thing.”
Back in the ’90s and 2000s, the media referred to Williams as the “female Howard Stern,” because of her willingness to say anything and for her sometimes uncomfortable, confrontational interview style.
Who I am right now is exactly who I was on radio. The difference is, now I am 49 years old. There are certain things that I had beaten to death. I had to move on. These other little girls in radio can now imitate me. I am not going to sit in that purple chair and act like I am MediaTakeOut.com! I invented MediaTakeOut.com. I was doing that long before it existed. But, I was not raised like that.
On beef with Diddy:
“How You Doin’?” was originally created as a code phrase for a man who might be gay. Puff Daddy (as Diddy was known then and has, according to recent reports, re-appropriated) dominated the radio waves and, with his Bad Boy Records brigade of groups and seemingly endless parade of hits, was hip-hop’s reigning emperor. And still, despite Hot 97’s heavy dependence on his supply, even he wasn’t off-limits in Williams’ daily gossip bombs and sticky innuendos. Then, in 1998, Hot 97 unceremoniously fired her.
And would you have a nemesis from your past, such as Puff Daddy, on your show now? “If I had a problem with you in the past, chances are I have moved on. I have a good life,” she says. Her eyes begin to water again. “My parents have seen me go from a loser to a winner. Most people don’t have the luxury of their parents seeing them come full circle. I feel sexy and I feel very accomplished. I have my family. I am grateful. And if Puffy did come on my show, he would have to remove those damn sunglasses.”
“I regret nothing in my radio career, nothing,” says Williams, who also struggled with substance abuse during those times. She’s publicly stated that she stopped using drugs in the late ’90s because she wanted better for herself, which included being a wife and a mother. “I had to be that person back then to be the person I am today. The person who was on the radio then was authentically me. We all have our sloppy, greasy side. My original Wendy listeners, here in New York, they grew up with me. They come up to me all the time and say, ‘Oh, I have been listening to you since I was 12.’ I feel proud. I am glad that I have been able to evolve.”
On being married and challenges she’s faced with her son:
“I first met Kevin almost 21 years ago. He was a good person, raised in not so good conditions. While his type was not what I was raised to bring home, I really liked him. Maybe the Martin Luther King, Barack Obama type isn’t for everybody.”
“He is my manager, co-executive producer of the show and my biggest productive cheerleader. I love him.” On January 20, 2014, while on-air, Williams broke out in tears, sobbing that her son, Kevin, Jr., 13, does not like her. Despite that emotional episode, she says she is not envious of her son’s strong relationship with his father; in fact, it makes her proud. “I love that he has his father. It’s a great thing, a black boy and his black father,” she says before tearing up. Is raising a teenage black son scary in light of the fates of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis? “Yes, it is. But we teach him he is public enemy number one and his job is to dispel that.” She starts to cry. While reaching for a tissue, she whispers, “Sometimes, I will stand at our front door and watch Little Kev and his father drive off until I see the last puff of smoke from the car’s exhaust. Then, I say to myself, ‘It’s good.’
On being proud of coming full circle:
“It makes me so proud that my black mother and my black father can sit in my audience and the camera can zoom in on them and, without them saying a word, the world sees: ‘Oh my God, there is a full black family!’ And my parents have been married for a hundred years! And, when my black husband and my black behind can pull up to my black son’s school for a parent-teacher night and they see a full black family, that is really important. We need to discuss race not necessarily because I am being followed in the mall because someone knows that I am Wendy Williams, but because I am a black woman in the mall at 2 o’clock in the afternoon.”
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