updated 12/09/2009 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 12/10/2009 AT 1:45 PM ET
Wendy Williams has asked plenty of outrageous questions on her hit daytime talk show. But not even she was prepared for the moment her 9-year-old son said to her, “Mom, are your boobs real?”
“I gagged when my son came and asked me about the implants,” Wiliams told PEOPLE. “It was ‘Where did you hear that?’ But it was on my own show.”
During an episode of The Wendy Williams Show, the host admitted that she had breast implants 14 years ago. And while her nationally-syndicated talk show airs while her son Kevin is in school, Williams forgot he catches up with the shows later online.
“Our son did not know I had breast implants,” Williams says. “So I sat down and went through plastic surgery with him. And it was great, because I was able to let him know that when his dad met me, I was completely natural. The beauty of my story is that ‘Your dad met me as a frog and I have transformed myself, because I wanted to, into a swan.’ ”
At the same time she got implants 14 years ago, Williams admits that she also had liposuction. “I just wanted to fit into good clothes,” she says. “I wanted the body that matched my personality. And the body I have now matches my personality.”
Despite her past plastic surgery, Williams says she didn’t go under the knife before her talk show debuted in the summer.
“I didn’t do anything for TV,” she says. “I was already here, and already okay with myself. What am I supposed to fix at this point?”
For much more on Wendy Williams, including photos of her at home with her family, check out this week’s issue of PEOPLE