Former Talk Show Host Ricki Lake Once Opened up about Her Ex-Husband's Death by Suicide
Ricki Lake, the former TV host of her internationally broadcast talk show, once candidly talked about her ex-husband Christian Evans, his struggles with bipolar disorder, and his death by suicide.
Born in California in 1971, Christian Evans was a jewelry designer who began dating Ricki in September 2010. When the couple started their romance, the TV personality felt like "the luckiest girl."
"Christian didn't want to be labeled as bipolar."
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7 years ago today, I married my beloved #christianevans in #montesito at the magical #sanysidroranch. 1 year ago on this day, I got my first tattoo from Christian’s dear friend and insanely talented tattoo artist @freddy_negrete . I stood in the very spot on our anniversary where Christian spent multiple hours getting his bodywork over many years. It was profound, and healing. After Christian passed away on 2/11/17 , I found among his things that he had saved a draft of his wedding vows to me. He only had one sentence on the page, ‘I vow to continue loving you.’ Those words are perfect as a reminder that he is always with me and loving me wherever he is, and also a reminder to always love myself. #neverforget #bipolar #mentalhealthawareness #suicideprevention #loveiseternal #Ilovemyselfthewayhelovedme ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
CHRISTIAN EVANS AND RICKI LAKE'S RELATIONSHIP
During an interview with People shortly after Christian passed away on February 11, 2017, Ricki described her ex-partner as a fun person with an unmatching charisma.
Apart from that, he was trying to make the world a better place as he was working on a project to help homeless people in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, he also had "a lot of self-esteem issues" and other problems that the actress and host labeled as "demons."
Despite his struggles, the "Hairspray" actress understood him and fell in love with him so much that they even tied the knot in 2012. In their time together, they never fought nor had an argument, pointed out Ricki.
Apart from that, Christian would always show up for his wife's two children Milo and Owen and would be the "quiet force" who would want to spread love and goodness.
RICKI ALWAYS KNEW ABOUT CHRISTIAN'S CONDITION
From the beginning of their relationship, Christian was honest with Ricki about been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Sadly, his manic episodes drove her to get a divorce.
The first manic episode that Ricki witnessed happened in September 2014, and it was like seeing someone completely different from her husband.
At the height of his mania, recalled the TV personality, Christian thought that he could fly and cure cancer with his hands.
Ricki Lake's husband saw a therapist who advised him to cut off contact until he got better. For that reason, their divorce process began and Christian was hospitalized and then sent to a treatment facility.
IT WAS TOO MUCH FOR HIM TO STAND
The former talk show host pointed out that he didn't want to be medicated nor go to the facility, but it was what he had to do to get stable and to please Ricki. Even after legally parting ways in 2015, the pair kept their relationship until the fall of 2016.
On February 11, Ricki got a text message from Christian's sister telling her that he'd sent her a suicide note. At that point, and even before the confirmation, Ricki knew he had died.
Two days after the suicide note, the former jewelry designer was found dead in his car. Ricki confessed that she was talking about Christian's bipolar disorder as a way to spread the word about such a problem. Her goal was to help people get treatment as soon as possible. She added:
"Christian didn't want to be labeled as bipolar, but he admitted he was in the note he left. That was him finally owning it. That was him giving me permission to tell his story."
Finally, Ricki said that she never stopped loving her late husband and that she would honor him by living a happy life.
Thankfully, the TV personality managed to find love again in Jeff Scult, the founder of a clothing brand called "One Golden Thread."
RICKI LAKE'S NEW LOVE
Talking at the TV Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, California, in February 2019, Ricki revealed that he was making her "really happy" and that they had been together for three and a half months already.
Earlier this year, Ricki made headlines again. This time, it was for her decision to shave her head as a result of years dealing with hair loss.
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Liberated and Free, Me. First things first, I am not sick. (THANK GOD.) I am not having a mid-life crisis. nor am I having a mental breakdown, though I have been suffering. Suffering mostly in silence off and on for almost 30 years. AND I am finally ready to share my secret. Deep breath Ricki…. Here goes….. I have been struggling with hair loss for most of my adult life. It has been debilitating, embarrassing, painful, scary, depressing, lonely, all the things. There have been a few times where I have even felt suicidal over it. Almost no one in my life knew the level of deep pain and trauma I was experiencing. Not even my therapist/s over the years knew my truth. I know that by sharing my truth, I will be striking a chord with so so many women and men. I am not alone in this and my goal is to help others while at the same time unshackle myself from this quiet hell I have been living in. Ever since I played Tracy Turnblad in the original Hairspray back in 1988 and they triple-processed and teased my then healthy virgin hair every 2 weeks during filming, my hair was never the same. (Yes, that was all my own hair in the film.) From Hairspray to Hairless. :( In my case, I believe my hair loss was due to many factors, yo-yo dieting, hormonal birth control, radical weight fluctuations over the years, my pregnancies, genetics, stress, and hair dyes and extensions. Working as talent on various shows and movies, whether DWTS or my talk show, also took its toll on my fine hair. I got used to wearing extensions, really just over the last decade. All different kinds, tried them all, the ones that are glued on, the tape-ins, the clip ins, and then into a total hair system that I hated, and finally to a unique solution that really did work pretty well for me for the last 4 or 5 years. I tried wigs on a few occasions but never could get used to them. It all felt fake and I was super self-conscious and uncomfortable. I’ve been to many doctors, gotten steroid shots in my head, taking all the supplements and then some. My hair would recover and then shed again. It was maddening. To read more: please go to my Facebook page. ❤️
According to WebMD, hair loss in women is frequent, almost as much as it is in men. While most women start noticing it in their 50s or 60s, it can start happening at any age.
Ricki Lake's life was clearly affected by this issue, but she decided to vent her condition on social media so that both men and women suffering the same could embrace their truth.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text "help" to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
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