Television show host Wendy Williams is candid and honest with her viewers and doesn't hesitate to spill some tea (which has gotten her in trouble more than once) or dish on her own life.
The 55-year-old has been private in the past about her dating life, but it seems that she is giving fans a glimpse these days. After moving on to contractor Mike Esterman, fans were hopeful that Wendy finally found her man. But, things have gone left.
Keep reading to get the 4-1-1.
Wendy Williams initially sparked coupledom rumors with Mike in March 2021.
It's understandable why Wendy was being tight-lipped about her dating life. After all, things can change in an instant, so it doesn't make sense to share who she's dating until things are completely solid between the pair. So, it took some time for Wendy to share her coupledom with Mike on Instagram to the world.
She captioned the post, "Mike & I are having fun!! I'm glad he's a REAL gentleman. But @RandyJackson, @birdman & @MarioLopez have tried to block my collards, fried chicken, shrimps, yams, beans, soul roll, Mac & cheese, fish, rice, oxtail & my #carrotcake! We WILL discuss once I gather myself."
Mike and Wendy initially met during the "Date Wendy" segment on her talk show in late February 2021. Mike described himself as being in the “real estate and home improvement” business. They also connected over their shared love of boxing and crabs from his home state of Maryland.
"It seems like we have a lot in common," Mike told Wendy. "I'm a guy that loves to have fun and you seem like the same type of fun person that I would love to get to know, and if you're feeling the fever I've got a prescription."
While she revealed that Mike is also a friend of Mario Lopez, he also signed off on them being a good match. And it looks like things are going pretty well.
PEOPLE reports that the pair was spotted leaving the Core Club in New York City on March 5, 2021, which is likely where their date took place.
Wendy and Mike have officially called it quits.
Wendy fans were elated to see the talk show host explore the dating game again. And while Mike was a bit different from guys that Wendy usually dated, their blossoming love story was great for fans to witness, especially after all she's been through.
But it looks like things have taken a turn between the couple. According to The Sun, Wendy and the contractor have slowed things down on the dating front. Mike has shared that the two simply don't have enough time for one another.
"It's a busy time of the year for home improvement. I don't know if I can give her what she wants," Mike told the outlet. "Nobody called it a day, there's just no time to meet up. We talk when we can. I can't hold her back from meeting someone who can give her more."
While it's clear that the clash of their schedules has taken a toll on their budding romance, fans shouldn't rule out a possible reunion. According to the outlet, Mike shared that he and Wendy maintain communication with one another and there may be a chance of the two taking steps to build a relationship in the future.
Wendy was briefly seen with a 27-year-old convicted felon.
Before meeting Mike, Wendy had her share of suitors. In June 2019, she was spotted with 27-year-old Marc Tomblin in New York. The pair was seen shopping together, leading most to assume that they were together.
Marc was previously convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon in January 2013 and then convicted of breaking and entering in May 2013. But Wendy didn't care about his past.
"I am a 54-year-old grown ass woman. I know what I'm doing," she said, according to TMZ.
Though apparently, the two weren't really an item for very long. Not long after being spotted out with Marc, Wendy addressed her dating life on her show, admitted that she was seeing someone.
“All right, listen. It’s not who you think. Mother doesn’t deal with children,” she said, likely referring to Marc. “But it just so happens that I guess with my charm and wit I attract people of all ages. If you’re 27, like my new friend Marc — okay, relax. So here’s the deal. The paparazzi are chasing. [Marc is] from L.A. He came to New York, he had never been to New York before. And I am a hand-holder. If we go out, I am holding your hand. I went out last night for dinner with my executive producer David Perler and I held his hand.”
It seems like Wendy is denying she ever had a thing with Marc, which may be possible.
“You all think I’m messing around with a 27-year-old — 27-year-old boys, quite frankly, do find me very attractive. I get it,” she continued. “But when it comes time for the comfort of a man, I need somebody in his 50s, too. And he’s got to work.”
Wendy finalized her divorce with her ex-husband in January 2020.
In April 2019, it was revealed that Wendy was filing for divorce from her husband of 25 years, Kevin Hunter. The divorce was finalized in January 2020.
"I'm not mad, it was 25 years. I don't regret, but sometimes people move on with their lives," Wendy told Entertainment Tonight. "I really didn't think that it would be this way, but it seems so natural. Our son is 19. He's off in college. I wish 'the other' the best."
Her "the other" comment is referring to the mistress her ex-husband had while they were together. According to PEOPLE, Kevin had an ongoing relationship with another woman, and even fathered one of her children.
“The split is definitely due to Kevin’s ongoing infidelity and that his mistress recently welcomed their child,” a source told the outlet. “Wendy had hired a private investigator and confronted him. He confessed to everything three weeks ago.”
Apparently, Wendy filed for divorce after their confrontation, leading to the end of their marriage.
“I am going through a time of self-reflection and am trying to right some wrongs,” Kevin said in a statement to the outlet when questioned about his infidelity. “No matter what the outcome is or what the future holds, we are still The Hunter Family and I will continue to work with and fully support my wife in this business and through any and all obstacles she may face living her new life of sobriety, while I also work on mine.”
While it's clear as day that Wendy's divorce is officially a thing of the past, we are happy that she's getting back out there and dating again. Her situation was unfortunate to see unfold before our eyes, and we hope that she gets the happiness and companionship she deserves.