On Wednesday, during a stop on Good Morning Britain, Ricki Lake showed off her first tattoo which holds a deep meaning. The tattoo situated on her left forearm is in tribute to her late ex-husband, Christian Evans. Unfortunately, Evans passed away in 2017 from suicide brought upon by bipolar disorder.
Lake tearfully told the GMB hosts, “So this was his wedding vow to me that I found on the stationary after he died and it says, ‘I vow to continue loving you.'”
Ricki Lake talks about her experiences with mental health and loss.
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Lake and Evans were married from 2012 to 2015. She has two sons with her first husband, Rob Sussman, who she was married to from 1993-2004. Lake, 54 years old, got remarried to Ross Burningham in January.
The former daytime talk show host said the new tattoo was also a message to herself. Lake explained, “It’s not only a message from [Evans], but it’s a message to continue loving myself,” “That relationship and that loss was definitely the darkest period of my life, but through it, so many gifts have come out of it. I’m now remarried and I’m very much in the happiest place
Lake also spoke about loving somebody with bipolar disorder. She explained that she didn’t truly understand what it meant until she met him. “He told me when we met that he was diagnosed bipolar, and I was like, ‘Oh yeah, yeah, yeah, we all have our stuff. I’m a control freak, I know,'” Lake recalled. “I didn’t understand what a manic episode, what a psychotic break was until years later and it was the darkest days of my life, but I learned so much.” But despite the darkness she experienced, Lake said she learned a lot from the situation.
“I mean, losing my partner, my husband Christian, now five and a half years ago. I mean, that was the darkest time for me,” Lake told ET in September. “And I got so much strength from sharing my journey and my story from people who had gone through it. So it’s not a conscious thing. I have to be exactly who I am. I’ve gotten through it. I’ve really come a long way from where I’ve been. And honestly, I’ve never been more content or happy in my life.”
“I think losing Christian to bipolar and suicide and going through that loss, like the way he loved me and losing him, I now love myself the way he loved me,” explained the Hairspray star.
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