Wendy Williams, 59, diagnosed with aphasia and frontotemporal dementia

Wendy Williams’ team is finally putting the rumors to rest.

Two days before a Lifetime documentary detailing the whereabouts of the former talk show host is set to air, her care team has released a press release revealing an extremely personal health update.

Keep reading to learn more.

Wendy Williams, 59, has been diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia and frontotemporal dementia.

Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is a group of disorders that occur when nerve cells in the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain are lost. FTD can affect behavior, personality, language, and movement, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Aphasia and FTD are the same diseases actor Bruce Willis was diagnosed with in 2022 and 2023.

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Williams’ care team said she underwent “a battery of medical tests” and received the diagnoses in 2023.

“Over the past few years, questions have been raised at times about Wendy’s ability to process information and many have speculated about Wendy’s condition, particularly when she began to lose words, act erratically at times, and have difficulty understanding financial transactions.”

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Although Williams has been open about her previous struggles with Graves’ Disease and Lymphedema, this announcement was handled differently.

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.”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 21: Wendy Williams go to dinner at Fresco by Scotto on February 21, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)

Her team ended the statement adding, “Wendy is still able to do many things for herself. Most importantly she maintains her trademark sense of humor and is receiving the care she requires to make sure she is protected and that her needs are addressed. She is appreciative of the many kind thoughts and good wishes being sent her way.”

Our prayers are with Wendy Williams during this difficult time.


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