Ricki Lake is understandably still reeling from the death of her ex-husband Christian Evans.
As we previously reported, the former talk show host shared her "beloved soulmate" passed away on Instagram, revealing the jewelry designer's "life long struggle with bipolar disorder."
Now, Ricki is opening up to People about the devastating loss after learning he committed suicide on February 11.
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The 48-year-old explained:
"I have to spread the word about recognizing this disorder and getting treatment as soon as possible. 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."
The actress recalled how Christian was upfront with her about his bipolar disorder when they first started dating in 2010:
Ricki Lake's ex-husband Christian Evans is dead at 45.
The former talk show host shared the sad news on Instagram that her "beloved soulmate" had passed. Though her post did not explicitly reveal how the jewelry designer died, she did say he "succumbed to his life long struggle with bipolar disorder."
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"The world didn't understand this man, but I did. He succumbed to his life long struggle with bipolar disorder. For anyone who has ever lost a family member or friend to mental illness, my heart goes out to you. I am a greater person for having known him and spent the past 6 and a half years of my life with him. He was a man of love and what mends my broken heart today is knowing that he is finally at peace and his spirit is free."
See the heartbreaking full post (below):
As if we weren't already excited for Hairspray Live!, we now have two more reasons to be super stoked!
Original Tracy Turnblads Ricki Lake and Marissa Jaret Winokur will be gracing the world with their presence in NBC's live musical, which will totally bring the new adaptation full circle!
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For those of you who may not remember, Miz Lake portrayed the leading lady in John Waters' 1988 film, while Marissa took on the larger-than-life role in the original Broadway cast alongside Harvey Fierstein, who is reprising his role as Edna for the upcoming broadcast.
And, Miz Winokur is dishing exclusive deets to us about the lovely ladies' cameos in the Maddie Baillio-led remake!
The 43-year-old explained that her former costar had been working to come up with a fun part for the actresses, but the Fever Pitch alum confessed that she and the former talk show host were just thrilled to be included, saying:
With NBC's live production of Hairspray drawing closer, we can't help but think of all the incredible women who've starred in the lead role over the years.
As you may recall, Ricki Lake made the character Tracy Turnblad famous in John Waters' 1988 hit film Hairspray. Marissa Jaret Winokur would then go onto win a Tony for the same role in the Broadway adaptation of flick. Now Maddie Baillio is taking the reigns as the plus-size optimist for the highly anticipated televised production. So it's safe to say the pressure is on — especially since so many young girls look up to Tracy!
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However, prior to her Hairspray fame, Miz Lake didn't ever think she'd get the chance to play a show stopping lead. In a sitdown with the others (named above), the 48-year-old recalled to People:
Maddie Baillio's stage presence is undeniable!
On Tuesday, the outgoing newcomer stopped by the Today Show to make the EXCITING announcement that she'll star as Tracy Turnblad in NBC's next big musical event, Hairspray Live!
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For those who don't know, Tracy is the main character of the beloved and iconic musical. Over the years, stars like Nikki Blonsky and Ricki Lake have taken on the coveted role.
Luckily for us, Baillio gave us a personal introduction alongside comic icon Harvey Fierstein who will play her stage-mom Edna. In the adorable interview, the 20-year-old explained how she beat out 1,000 other hopefuls to don Tracy's big hair!
To make the situation even sweeter, Maddie revealed that she was just a college student living in League City, Texas before she got her big break:
Another couple has officially called it quits!
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Ricki Lake has filed for divorce from her estranged hubby Christian Evans after only two and a half years of marriage.
Keke Palmer may be young but she’s got all the talent one needs to be a successful talk show host!
The 20-year-old has just signed on to host her own daily talk series on BET, focusing on millennials and the issues they care about!
The Keke Palmer Project (working title) will have a 4-week trial run starting in July. Her show is being executive producer by Judge Mathis!
And even though her series hasn’t even aired yet, Keke is already breaking records!
She’s now the youngest person to ever host their own talk show! She beats out Ricki Lake who got her gig hosting her own daily series at age 25!
You go, girl!
Don’t go assuming Keke is done acting though! She’s also set to star in Drew Barrymore’s new horror movie, Animal. AND Keke will have a six-episode arc on the Showtime series, Masters of Sex!
Wow! Keke is KILLING it!
Congratz on the new show, Miz Palmer!
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