Friday 23 February 2018

'The world didn't understand this man' - Ricki Lake mourns the death of 'soulmate' ex-husband

Ricki Lake. Photo: Getty
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Talk show queen Ricki Lake has mourned the death of her "soulmate" ex-husband.

In a heartfelt Instagram post which she shared on Valentine's Day, the former chatshow host revealed that her ex-husband, Christian Evans (45) had died.

She also revealed that he had battled with bipolar disorder.

"It is with a heavy heart that I share that my beloved soulmate, Christian Evans has passed," Lake wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of the two of them looking into each other's eyes and smiling.

"The world didn’t understand this man, but I did. He succumbed to his life long struggle with bipolar disorder."

She went on to describe how much Evans meant to her and how difficult losing a loved one to mental illness can be.

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"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 six and a half years of my life with him," she continued.

"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. Rest in peace, my love."

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The pair began dating in 2009 and wed in April 2012 before filing for divorce in Octomber 2014 citing "irreconcilable differences".

Jewellery designer Evans' was Lake's second husband.

She was previously married to illustrator Rob Sussman from 1994 to 2004, and the pair have two teenage sons together.

Just three days ago she filmed a guest segment for ITV talent show Let It Shine.

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