Wendy Williams is a household name. But her son Kevin Hunter Jr., is still relatively unknown. Here is what we know about him.
Who is Wendy Williams?
Wendy Williams is one of the most recognizable voices in radio and television today. With over 20 years of experience in broadcasting, Wendy has truly made a name for herself both on the air and off.
Williams got her start in radio, hosting the morning show “The Wendy Williams Experience” from New York City’s WBLS station from 1993 to 1997. After a successful run, she launched “The Wendy Williams Show” in 2018 to the excitement of her many fans.
The popular daytime talk show became known for its celebrity guests, lively discussions, and witty commentary.
But after more than ten years on the air, Williams announced that she would be leaving the show. The announcement came as a surprise to many in the entertainment industry. And the ensuing drama would be just as shocking.
Drama Surrounding Her Departure
Prior to her exit, Williams often made headlines surrounding the drama between her and her family. From rumors about her refusing to let her son in the house to revelations that her husband was cheating, Williams’ family drama seemed to be just as popular as her show.
As a result of the controversy, many fans became better acquainted with members of Williams’ family, including her son, Kevin Hunter Jr. But even though his name made its rounds on the internet from time to time, many still wanted to know more about him.
Who is Kevin Hunter Jr?
Love her or hate her, Wendy Williams is a legend in the entertainment industry. And even though she’s far from shy, she tries to keep her personal life to herself. This includes her relationship with her son, Kevin Hunter Jr. Here are four facts to know about Wendy Williams’ son, Kevin Hunter Jr.:
1. He Always Defends His Mom
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For being the son of a legendary TV personality, Kevin Hunter Jr. keeps a relatively low profile. Still, even though he prefers to maintain a sense of privacy, that didn’t stop his mother from gushing about him to her audience.
During her time on the show, Wendy Williams spoke highly of her son. The two share an unbreakable relationship, despite any rumors of the contrary.
Earlier in 2022, Kevin Hunter Jr. took to social media to seemingly defend his mother against rumors surrounding her bizarre behavior. He reposted an Instagram post captioned “When the hate don’t work they start telling lies.”
2. He's an Only Child
In 2000, Wendy Williams and her former husband Kevin Hunter welcomed their son, Kevin Hunter Jr.
Williams has been open about her desire for more children, however she revealed that she suffered from multiple miscarriages while she and Hunter were still married.
In a PBS special entitled American Masters: The Women’s List, Williams spoke candidly about her experience.
“I fought tooth and nail to be a mother,” She says. “I suffered several miscarriages including two at five months. That’s when you have the clothes already picked out, the nursery is already painted. They ask you do you want a funeral or do you want the cremation.”
She continues, “We went through that not once but twice, me and my husband. So our Kevin is a hard-won child,” she adds. “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.”
Kevin Hunter later welcome a daughter as a result of an affair, which led to the destruction of his marriage to Williams.
3. He's a Survivor
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Wendy Williams has spoken candidly about her experience with drug addiction. In an interview with In Touch, she explains that while challenging, her journey was also transformative.
“I was in deep. I wish I hadn’t put my life in jeopardy, but I have no regrets because it’s made me who I am today, and I’m proud of me.”
But when Williams noticed her son’s behavior change as a result of his experimenting with K2, she grew very concerned. In an interview with ET, she recalls the ordeal, grateful that he made a full recovery.
“I was horrified. My son became someone I didn’t even know,” she said. “Drugs have no income. Drugs have no race or religion. Drugs are drugs and that K2 was really something else and you know I’m glad to say we were able to bring him back all the way around.”
4. He Enjoys Helping Others
Like many youth, Kevin Hunter Jr. experimented with drugs as a teen. According to the CDC, 20 percent of high school students surveyed reported that had used a prescription drug without an order from a doctor.
And while drugs often ruin the lives of many young people, Kevin Hunter Jr., fortunately, survived his addiction.
Because of this, he and his family decided to give back to the community to help others who might be struggling with their mental health and addiction. They started The Hunter Foundation, to provide support to community-based organizations and programs. As a result, the foundation has donated thousands upon thousands of dollars to charities and other nonprofit organizations with the hope that others can have a second chance at life just like Kevin Hunter Jr. did.