Former Talk Show Host Ricki Lake Opens up About the Tragedy She’ll ‘Never Recover From’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Ricki Lake is not any stranger to the highlight. Over the years, the previous discuss present host and actress has taken half in a slew of profitable initiatives comparable to Hairspray, The Ricki Lake Show, and The Masked Singer. However, celebrities aren’t proof against loss. Here’s what Lake says about how the dying of her ex-husband modified her.

Ricki Lake has at all times been candid about her struggles

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New Year’s Day 2020 marked a brand new chapter in Lake’s life. In an trustworthy Instagram post, the previous host of The Ricki Lake Show shared her “debilitating, embarrassing, painful, scary, depressing, lonely,” hair loss situation.

The picture reveals Lake with a shaved head, captioned along with her “struggle” by means of the years, saying that whereas filming Hairspray in 1988, they “triple-processed and teased my then healthy virgin hair every 2 weeks during filming.” She added, “my hair was never the same.” 

Lake thinks her hair loss got here from just a few components comparable to “yo-yo dieting, hormonal birth control, radical weight fluctuations over the years, my pregnancies, genetics, stress, and hair dyes and extensions.”

She additionally revealed she’s tried extensions of all types, wigs which “felt fake” and he or she was “super self-conscious and uncomfortable.” She had “steroid shots in my head, taking all the supplements and then some,” however her hair would develop in solely to fall out once more.

This isn’t the primary Lake has opened up about her private life. In earlier years, she’s discussed the documentaries she produced, The Business of Being Born and More Business of Being Born, and her weight reduction journey.

“I was 260 pounds and a size 24. Now I’m 120 something and this is me,” Lake instructed Today in 2007. “I’m less than half my size … This is the thinnest I’ve ever been in my life.”

Lake has by no means been one to shrink back from detailing her private life. The dying of her ex-husband, nevertheless, is an entire different degree of private.

The tragedy Lake might always remember

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In 2017, Lake revealed that her ex-husband, Christian Evans, died by suicide. Evans was an individual with bipolar dysfunction and, as Lake says, had manic episodes.

The loss was overwhelming and later Lake admitted it took her some time to grasp bipolar dysfunction. The National Institute of Mental Health describes the situation as “unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, concentration, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.”

“I equated it to a character flaw but it’s a destructive, debilitating illness,” Lake instructed Today in a unique interview the place she described Evans as her “favorite person.”

“I was never happier than when I was with him,” she stated. “It’s a tragedy I don’t think I’ll ever recover from,” she stated.”If I’m going there I can actually get teary-eyed, however he was actually the perfect factor to ever occur to me.”

Since Evans’ passing, Lake has made it a private mission to assist educate others about psychological well being — particularly bipolar dysfunction.

“I did everything I could,” she stated. “I know in my heart that by sharing my story I’m helping other people. We need to start loving each other, getting rid of the judgment getting rid of the stigma. I don’t want him to have died in vain. I would love to help others by being honest and transparent.”

Lake and Evans have been married in 2012 and divorced two years later. They continued residing collectively as a method of help and friendship. Evans, who was Lake’s second husband, grew to become part of Lake’s two sons (from her first husband Rob Sussman).

Lake on discovering love once more after loss

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In gentle of her ache, Lake has discovered a solution to transfer ahead. She discovered love once more with One Golden Thread clothes firm founder, Jeff Scult.

“He’s someone who truly loves himself,” she stated, nonetheless reflecting on the dying of Evans.

“I’m such a better person having had him, loved him and lost him,” she stated of Evans. “This is part of my story.”

How to get assist: In the U.S., name the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Or textual content HOME to 741-741 to attach with a educated disaster counselor on the free Crisis Text Line.

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