"I'm a very forgiving person, but there's one thing that I could never be a part of, and that one thing happened," says the daytime television host.
Wendy Williams is getting candid about her split from estranged husband Kevin Hunter, addressing for the first time reports he fathered another woman's daughter.
"Kevin had a major indiscretion that he will have to deal with for the rest of his life," the 55-year-old daytime television host told The New York Times Magazine in an interview published Monday. "An indiscretion that I will not deal with."
"I never thought that I would be in this position," she added. "I'm a very forgiving person, but there's one thing that I could never be a part of, and that one thing happened."
When pressed for details about that "one thing," Wendy responded, "Kevin has a daughter."
Although Williams did not name names, the mistress is believed to be Sharina Hudson. Hunter declined to comment on the NYT article.
Williams filed for divorce from Hunter, 46, in April of this year after it was reported that Hudson gave birth to a baby girl. Hunter and Williams were married for over two decades, but their marriage was far from perfect. In her 2004 memoir, "Wendy's Got The Heat," the larger-than-life media personality claimed Hunter cheated on her following the birth of their son, Kevin Hunter Jr., who's now 19.
A month before filing for divorce, Williams announced on "The Wendy Williams Show" that she was in rehab and residing in a sober-living facility. Revisiting the topic with the NYT Magazine, she explained, "My husband was about to have a baby, and I knew that I was about to divorce. I knew that there would be headlines. I had to process it so that once I came out, I came out on top. I didn't work for three decades to land at the bottom over some [expletive] like this."
Despite how she feels about her estranged husband, Williams says she refuses to drag him through the mud publicly.
"He will always be my family, because we have a 19-year-old son [Hunter Jr.], and we were together for 25 years and married for 21," she explained. "But there was no vacillating. I'm out. That's all I can say. People want me to hate and scream and talk. I won't."
"The main reason I won't talk badly about Kevin is that he was my first true love," she went on. "I will not have people talk badly. I talk filthy about him, but that is when I get in my apartment and the door is closed and I am talking to myself in the mirror."
Earlier this month, Williams told Andy Cohen she was aware of "a lot of things" about Hunter's "double life" during their 22-year marriage but stayed with him to not shake up their son's life.
"I had to get my ducks in a row. I knew a lot of things for years," she said. "But my son was at home. It wasn't fair to him. I'm not going grab his hand and flee the scenes and move zip codes. Now, he has to move high schools and stuff like that. He's just making friends."
"Now, he's away in college, and the person I am now is very single because he's not living with me," she continued. "He goes to school in Miami."
When asked whether she would have stayed with Hunter if photos of him with another woman (Hudson) hadn't come out, Williams replied, "I would have known anyway. I had my own."
"I can take a lot," she added, "but I'm not raising a family."