A source says Wendy Williams filed for divorce after she learned her husband allegedly cheated on her again, this time fathering a child

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April 16, 2019 11:37 AM

Christie Brinkley has Wendy Williams‘ back.

Appearing as a guest on Tuesday’s episode of The Wendy Williams Show, Brinkley spoke out in support of the host amid her divorce from her longtime love and manager Kevin Hunter.

Brinkley has been married four times: to François Allaux from 1973-1981, to Billy Joel from 1985-1994, to Richard Taubman from 1994-1995 and to Peter Cook from 1996-2008.

When Williams, 54, asked Brinkley, 65, if she would ever get married again, the supermodel said no — and offered to share some of her divorce expertise with Williams.

“If you need any help with lawyers, I can tell you — I have been through the entire phonebook of lawyers,” she joked.

“I will whisper to you during the break,” Williams responded. “I have one, but I want to hear what you’re saying.”

“I know you’ve been going through some hard times,” Brinkley said.

“I have,” Williams acknowledged.

Brinkley suggested they “string together some good times.”

“Your house, 4th of July, in the Hamptons?” Williams asked. “I’m there. Count me in.”

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Christie Brinkley (left) and Wendy Williams
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Williams filed for divorce from Hunter last week after two decades of marriage. Her personal rep issued a statement to PEOPLE, saying, “Thank you to everyone for respecting the family’s privacy during this time. Kevin is supportive of Wendy and they are working through this process together. No additional comment will be provided at this time.”

Williams and Hunter, 46, share son Kevin Jr., 19. They’ve had their struggles as a couple: Hunter cheated on Williams after she gave birth to their son, a painful period she described in her 2004 memoir Wendy’s Got the Heat. 

On Monday, a source told PEOPLE that Williams decided to divorce Hunter after she learned that he’d allegedly cheated on her once again, this time fathering a child. (PEOPLE was unable to reach Hunter and his alleged mistress for comment. A rep for Williams could not be reached for comment.)

“The split is definitely due to Kevin’s ongoing infidelity and that his mistress recently welcomed their child,” the source said. “Wendy had hired a private investigator and confronted him. He confessed to everything three weeks ago.”

“All of the recent drama put a huge strain on Wendy and caused her to struggle with her sobriety as she did everything she could to try and save their marriage,” the source added.

Filing for divorce wasn’t an easy choice, either.

“The decision to split was terribly hard for her, but she’s regaining her health,” the source explained. “She decided she needed to finally put herself first.”

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Kevin Hunter and Wendy Williams
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On Tuesday, Hunter broke his silence on the split in a statement to PEOPLE.

“28 years ago I met an amazing woman: Wendy Williams. At the time, I didn’t realize that she would not only become my wife, but would also change the face of entertainment and the world,” he said. “I have dedicated most of our lives to the business empire that is Wendy Williams Hunter, a person that I truly love and respect unconditionally.”

“I am not proud of my recent actions and take full accountability and apologize to my wife, my family and her amazing fans,” he continued. “I am going through a time of self-reflection and am trying to right some wrongs. 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. I ask that you please give me and my family privacy as we heal. Thank you.”

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The split comes at a challenging time for the star. After taking an extended hiatus from The Wendy Williams Show from January to March, Williams, who has long been open about a past addiction to cocaine, revealed last month that she has been living in a sober house.

On Monday’s broadcast of The Wendy Williams Show, Williams said she would “moving out of the sober house in just a few days” and alluded to her divorce while reflecting on the motto of her Hot Topics segment, “Their business is our business.”

“It’s crazy ’cause now my business is your business,” she said with a laugh. “It’s kind of funny. Turnabout’s a fair game, I get it.”

“I have to tell you, you know, I’ve been dealing with issues with addiction, alcoholism, and I have a whole new life that I planned for myself and my son,” she continued. “Believe me you, when you lay in a room with no TV and four gray walls all day … this is my life in the sober house, it’s one of the best things, honestly, that could have ever happened to me.”

Williams said speaking openly about her struggles on her show has been hugely beneficial.

“Addressing my sobriety, my addiction, head-on has really helped me sort out every single compartment of my life,” she said. “I have a commitment to me and my son to come out of here better, stronger and faster than ever. And by the way, I will still commit. … I commit that the motto of this show will always be, ‘Their business is our business.'”

The Wendy Williams Show airs weekdays (check local listings).

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