Wendy Williams has been a successful radio and TV personality for decades.
Now she’s finally being recognized for her hard work by being inducted into a select and celebrated club.
Williams received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday. She arrived to the exclusive event supported by her 19-year-old son Kevin Jr.
Wendy shares her son with her ex Kevin Hunter, from whom she is currently in the midst of divorcing.
Wendy’s crepe maxi dress featured poofy sleeves, a turtleneck collar, and a pattern of white stars of varying sizes.
Williams added some sparkle with some bling on her left arm and hand. The Hot Topics host rocked an expensive-looking wristwatch, a charm bracelet, some bangles and her trademark enormous diamond flower ring.
Williams has hosted her nationally syndicated daytime TV talk show The Wendy Williams Show since 2008.
This past year has been extremely difficult for the star, in terms of both her health and domestic family life.
She suffers from Graves’ disease and hyperthyroidism, causing her to miss episodes in 2018 and 2019. In January 2019, she revealed she had been hospitalized due to complications from the disease.
Then in March, Williams announced on-air that she was living in a sober house in the tri-state area due to her past cocaine addiction.
Then April, Wendy filed for divorce from her husband of 21 years, Kevin Hunter. It came amid allegations that he had a mistress of more than ten years, Sharina Hudson. She gave birth to their love child, a baby girl, in autumn.
During the ceremony, she addressed recent events in her life.
“The elephant in the room is that I’ve been having a very, very tough year but, slowly but surely, I’m climbing out of the pit and this is one of those monumental days that makes me say, you know, if you don’t believe in yourself who will believe in you?” she said during her speech.
“Sometimes life is a very lonely path and you’ve got to make some hard decisions.”
At the event, Williams told the crowd of receiving her star, “It’s a combination of over 30 years of being a personality. It’s not easy being on TV for 10 years, by yourself, live.”
“This has been a really hectic year for me, but also a hectic career. You know, triumph over adversity. Stick to it, Wendy, you’ll show ’em. You’ll show ’em. And now, it’s my pleasure to show you.”
“My son is here with me,” she added. “He’s only 19, he’s only known me as mom with the microphone, and then mom in the headlines, and mom saying out-of-order stuff. So, this star means everything because now he’s got something to look at and say, ‘My mom did it.’”