wendy-williams

*Despite having a successful career, loving family and recently turning 50, life wasn’t so easy for Wendy Williams.

In the latest issue of People magazine, the talk show host admits that there were more downs than ups before she became a household name.

“Honestly, my life before 21 sucked,” Williams shared with People while detailing her struggle to overcome issues with her physical self. “My first diet was in the first grade! Tuna fish and mustard with yogurt on the side. Weight was a big thing for me to overcome.”

Body issues weren’t the only things Williams had to deal with at a young age. School proved to be a challenge while waiting for her chance to truly shine.

“In high school I was just the girl standing on the side, looking at everybody having fun and saying, ‘I can’t wait to get out of here and set the world on fire,’ ” Williams said..

Fortunately for her fans, she did make her mark with transitioning from a successful career in radio to daytime TV, where she currently sits pretty .

Nevertheless, Williams’ demons followed her as she engaged in a decade-long battle with cocaine in her 20s and 30s.

“Drugs were a demon I had to overcome,” said Williams.

While drugs were a thing of the past, another, more personal problem surfaced with Williams when she tried to start a family with her husband Kevin Hunter, “There was a hiccup with a couple of miscarriages,” she said. “Life is hard on us women.” (She eventually welcomed a son, Kevin, 14 this month.) Now, at 50, “I feel like I’m just getting started.”

For more of Wendy Williams’ interview with People magazine, check out the latest issue of People, which is, on newsstands now.