Wendy Williams Issues Statement After Dementia Diagnosis

Wendy Williams

Wendy Williams opens up about her diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia and aphasia. Read her heartfelt statement.

Wendy Williams has broken her silence after being diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia and aphasia. Wendy, 59, underwent a series of tests last year that led to her diagnosis.

“I want to say I have immense gratitude for the love and kind words I have received after sharing my diagnosis of Aphasia and Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD),” Wendy Williams said in a statement released today. 

“Let me say, wow! Your response has been overwhelming. The messages shared with me have touched me, reminding me of the power of unity and the need for compassion. I continue to need personal space and peace to thrive. Please just know that your positivity and encouragement are deeply appreciated,” Wendy Williams said. 

According to her reps, Wendy can still “do many things for herself” and has maintained “her trademark sense of humor” while undergoing treatment.

In 2018, Wendy confirmed that she had been battling Graves’ disease after she fainted in the middle of an episode of her talk show. The following year, she revealed that she had been diagnosed with lymphedema.

“The decision to share this news was difficult and made after careful consideration, not only to advocate for understanding and compassion for Wendy, but to raise awareness about aphasia and frontotemporal dementia and support the thousands of others facing similar circumstances,” her representative added.

Wendy is best known for hosting The Wendy Williams Show from 2008 to 2022. During her time on the show, she publicly battled various health issues.