No one brings tears to Wendy Williams’ eyes like her son Kevin Jr.
In the upcoming PBS special American Masters: The Women’s List, Williams bares her soul about motherhood, being married to a younger man, her body image and her career path.
But the most touching moment is when Williams talks about the two late-term miscarriages she has endured and how difficult it was to conceive her only child, who is now a teenager. The Women’s List airs Sept. 25 on PBS.
“I fought tooth and nail to be a mother,” Williams, 51, says. “I suffered several miscarriages including two at five months. That’s when you have the clothes already picked out, the nursery is already painted. They ask you do you want a funeral or do you want the cremation.”
“We went through that not once but twice, me and my husband. So our Kevin is a hard-won child,” she adds. “I would’ve loved to have had more children but I don’t want to test my blessing. Being a mother is for me. It’s not for everybody. It’s for me.”
Earlier this week when she kicked off the seventh season of The Wendy Williams Show, the host revealed that her 15-year-old had recently become addicted to synthetic marijuana and had undergone rehabilitation outside the country and is “on the good side of good now.”
Interestingly enough in the film, Williams talked about how tough it is to be a wife and working mother and how some things can slip through the cracks.
“Twenty-first century woman thinks she can do it all. But she can’t,” Williams says. “I know because I’m one of those women. You can’t do it all well. How are you supposed to be a good lover, a good friend, a good mother? I attempt to do it all but I’m not good at all of it.”
We hear you, Wendy. We hear you.
The Women’s List is a Timothy Greenfield-Sanders film and also includes candid interviews with Shonda Rhimes, Alicia Keys, Rosie Perez and pilot Nia Wordlaw and features a voiced-over intro from Toni Morrison.
American Masters: The Women’s List airs Friday Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS.