Ricki Lake is understandably still reeling from the death of her ex-husband Christian Evans.
Now, Ricki is opening up to People about the devastating loss after learning he committed suicide on February 11.
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: