Wendy Williams' Husband Upgrades Her Diamond Watch After Denying Rumors of Marital Trouble

Kevin Hunter had 25 carats worth of diamonds added to Wendy Williams' watch

Amid a rumored rough patch in their relationship, Wendy Williams‘ husband Kevin Hunter splurged on a special piece of jewelry for the TV personality.

A spokesperson for Flawless Jewelry in New York City confirmed to Page Six that Hunter upgraded Williams’ Franck Muller watch by adding 25 carats worth of diamonds to the band and the face. The piece is now valued at $40,000.

Courtesy Flawless Jewelry
Kevin Hunter and Wendy Williams. John Lamparski/WireImage

The gift comes at a tough time for Williams, 54. She was absent from her eponymous daytime talk program from January until March 4, attributing the lengthy hiatus to a fractured shoulder and her battle with a Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid.

Upon her return to the show, Williams said she was “doing better” and explained that she’d been off the air since the holidays due to her medical problems and to spend more time to heal with her husband and her son, Kevin Jr. She pointedly shut down rumors of marital trouble, calling Hunter her “best friend” and “lover.”

“I want to shout-out to my husband. I’m still wearing my ring,” she said. “Believe me you, when you’ve been with somebody for 28 years, married for 25 years … we know each other. … I know what you’ve been seeing … but I’m still very much in love with my husband and anyone who’s been married … you know.”

“Marriages have ebbs and flows, marriage isn’t easy. And don’t ask me about mine until you see this gone,” she added, gesturing to her wedding ring. “And it ain’t going anywhere, not in this lifetime.”

Two weeks later, Williams, who has struggled with a cocaine addiction in the past, revealed on-air that she was living in a sober house. The March 19 announcement came after she announced that her family’s Hunter Foundation had partnered with T.R.U.S.T., an organization dedicated to building a bridge from treatment to long-term recovery, to launch a national resource hotline.

Last week, Williams reportedly was hospitalized. According to the Daily Mail, she was found drunk on Monday after checking herself out of the sober living house and was taken to a hospital to sober up. However, she continued to host her show live.

A representative for Williams did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment and Williams did not address the reported hospitalization on her show beyond commenting on Friday that she’d had a “long week.”

The Wendy Williams Show is on a pre-scheduled vacation this week and is set to resume Monday.

Hunter told E! News on Tuesday that he and Williams are “doing fine.”

“Wendy and the family are doing fine,” he said. “We are focused on her health and sobriety, and that is it.”

He added that he is focused on the couple’s foundation, pointing out that their addiction hotline “has placed over 200 people in treatment facilities in the last two weeks since it began.”

“We are turning the tables on this thing called addiction and turning Wendy’s bout into a positive,” he said.

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

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