“Busy is good,” says Wendy Williams driving to her home in New Jersey. Today, her plans include grocery shopping, Pilates and cooking dinner. “The phone is on the windshield,” the TV diva admits.
Oh yeah: Williams also has a book to promote, Ask Wendy: Straight Up Advice for All the Drama In Your Life (Morrow, $25.99). The title is taken from a segment on her daytime talk show.
Ask away 7 p.m. Saturday when Williams appears at Books & Books Coral Gables. She’s used to all sorts of questions, intimate and otherwise. And if she can’t answer, no doubt she’ll steer you in the right direction.
What’s a common problem that many of your fans share?
Read the chapter on girlfriend drama. There are a lot of women walking around with friends they should have broken up with a long time ago. When we think in terms of a breakups, we think about men. My motto is: Don’t put up with it, break up with it! I don’t care if she’s your best friend from kindergarten or college. Sometimes in life we outgrow friendships, and it’s painful.
You look fantastic. What are you doing differently?
Pilates and cardio. Acupuncture centers me and helps me with my energy. I never thought I’d be the person leading weirdo medicine, but I do cupping too. Somehow it’s helping me. I don’t know whether it a placebo or not. Last May at this time I jumped on the scale, and I weighed 195 pounds. I said, ‘You know what? I want to get down to 175.’ That was the weight I used to lie about on my license when I was a senior in college. Now I’m that girl. I feel terrific. Listen, I still eat candy like a madwoman. I still enjoy cheese. Just now it’s a sometimes thing. I like bread on my hamburger, but I take the top bun off. Little tiny modifications. I feel like a thoroughbred horse. I want to be bigger, stronger and faster than ever. I want be sleek and sharp, so here I am!
You write a column for Life and Style about celebrities. Who’s on your radar right now?
I am really happy for the Lohan family. I think Michael Lohan has been a jerk in the past, but he’s taking steps. In a nutshell, Lindsay is in horrible denial. This is her sixth stint in rehab. I predict this won’t work. We could all be proven wrong, but now it seems her parents are fully committed. Maybe they’re on their way to healing. I’m going to sit back and watch. One thing she and I have in common is the addiction gene, and she needs the support of her family.
In respect to Kate and Wills, that’s over there. I hope they have a healthy baby. I’m more curious about what’s happening with Kim and Kanye. People say a lot of things about Kim Kardashian, including me. The bigger wild card in this relationship and a reason to feel sorry for her — yeah I said it, feel sorry for her — is that Kanye is special with a capital S.
What do you do when you’re in town?
Bal Harbour Shops is fabulous, and, oh my God, Barton G. I get an outside table and a warm lamp. We order everything on the menu. Joe’s Stone Crab, too. We’re not so much into the nightlife. As far as going to Mansion? No. We like to lay low and be quiet.
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