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Ricki Lake Remembers Ex Husband Christian Evans After His Tragic Suicide

Ricki Lake is opening up about the death of her ex husband Christian Evans after he committed suicide in February. It was not public knowledge that Christian had committed suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound before this interview.

Christian struggled with bipolar disorder and she told People that she wants to help others who are struggling. “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.”

“We never fought, we never had an argument. He showed up for my kids,” Ricki said of her two sons, Milo, 19, and Owen, 15, from a previous relationship. “He was this quiet force that was just all about love and goodness and wanting to help people.”

“I didn’t know what the hell hit me, because I didn’t know what it looked like, so I didn’t see it coming,” Ricki said of his bipolar disorder. “For me, someone who has lived with him for four years and seen how hard it was for him to get out of bed and be excited for things, I saw him starting to be happy. It presented initially as him being motivated.” Ricki continued, “It was horrific. He just wasn’t the person I had been with for four years.”

“I am going to try my best to honor him by living a full and happy life,” she added. “I don’t know what’s in store for me, but I’m an optimist….I never stopped loving that man. I’m so lucky I got these beautiful years with him.”

Our continued thoughts are with Christian‘s loved ones.

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Ricki Lake Mourns the Death of Ex-Husband Christian Evans

Ricki Lake is speaking out to mourn the death of her ex-husband and “soulmate” Christian Evans.

Christian passed away after a life long struggle with bipolar disorder, Ricki revealed in her Instagram post.

“It is with a heavy heart that I share that my beloved soulmate, Christian Evans has passed. The world didn’t understand this man, but I did,” Ricki wrote in her post.

Click inside to read the rest of Ricki Lake’s emotional note… More Here! »

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VIDEO: Three Tracys Unite for 'Welcome to the 60s' During 'Hairspray Live'

One of the most special moments of the night during Hairspray Live was when three different Tracy Turnblads united during “Welcome to the 60s.”

Ricki Lake, who played the role in the 1988 movie, and Marissa Jaret Winokur, who played the role in the 2002 Broadway musical, made a special appearance in the song alongside Maddie Baillio, who is playing the role in the NBC live production.

“Welcome to the 60s” is a song that features Tracy getting her mom Edna (Harvey Fierstein) out of the house to experience what the world is like during the 1960s.


Hairspray Live! – Welcome to the ’60s (Highlight)

READ MORE: The two original Tracys spoke to us about their cameos in the NBC production!

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Ricki Lake & Marissa Jaret Winokur Are Excited to Make 'Hairspray Live!' Cameos

NBC might have recast the principals in Hairspray for their upcoming live rendition but that doesn’t mean that the former Tracy Turnblad’s don’t want a piece of the action. It was recently announced that Ricki Lake and Marissa Jaret Winokur will make an appearance in the upcoming show. But what will their parts be?

During the recent press junket, the executives wouldn’t tell us much. “They will have cameos. The rest is a surprise,” producer Neil Meron said.

Marissa and I obviously have been very close for 16 years and she just kept saying to me, ‘I really want to do something,’” Harvey Fierstein said. “I’ve been saying to Neil and Craig, ‘Let’s use Ricki and Marissa’ and then they said ‘Okay, what should they do?’ I gave them three choices but I said I think this is the right one and that’s the one that we chose,” he revealed.

While they were mum on the details of which numbers Ricki and Marissa would partake in, the creative team behind the show did tell us that the women are extremely excited to be on board. “Well, there’s a People Magazine spread that came out today with Maddie, Marissa and Ricki all sitting under hair dryers or something,” Harvey added. “So I think they’re really happy. I mean Marissa writes to me daily saying, ‘Can I come to the set today?’ so I’m like “Go away! Go away!” he jokes. “It’s going to be so fun having them here.”

Hairspray Live! airs on Wednesday, December 7 at 8PM ET/PT on NBC. Be sure to watch!

If you missed it, check out the Hairspray Live! album stream and download as well.

– Reporting by Nicole Pajer

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Aaron Tveit & Matthew Morrison Headline a 'Hairspray' Reunion at Carnegie Hall!

Aaron Tveit and Matthew Morrison are two dapper dudes while attending the New York Pops 31st Birthday Gala held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Monday evening (April 28) in New York City.

The guys both played the role of Link Larkin in the Broadway musical Hairspray and were joined by Matthew‘s original cast mates Marissa Jaret Winokur, Laura Bell Bundy, and Kerry Butler.

Also joining the cast were Ricki Lake who played Tracy Turnblad in the original movie and Nikki Blonsky who played that role in the recent musical remake.

All of the stars hit the stage at Carnegie Hall that evening to perform the showstopper “You Can’t Stop the Beat” to help honor the show’s composers Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitman.

30+ pictures inside of the cast members from Hairspray reuniting… More Here! »

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Adam Lambert - TrevorLIVE LA 2013

Adam Lambert rocks the red carpet in a purple patterned suit at the 2013 TrevorLIVE LA event held at the Hollywood Palladium on Sunday (December 8) in Hollywood.

The 31-year-old entertainer was joined by the host for the evening Kathy Griffin, who also met up on the red carpet with Ricki Lake. Also joining the guests at the event were musician Sia, Glee‘s Ryan Murphy and Fergie, Jennifer Coolidge, and Paula Abdul.

Adam performed that evening for The Trevor Project benefit!

“Oh God, just screwed up the intro for @RickiLake . I hope she’s not mad at me.” Kathy tweeted during the show.

15+ pictures inside of Adam Lambert and others at the 2013 TrevorLIVE LA event…More Here! »

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Dita Von Teese & Linda Ramone: Johnny Ramone Tribute 2013!

Dita Von Teese poses for a picture with Linda Ramone, widow of Johnny Ramone, at the 2013 Johnny Ramone Tribute held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Sunday (August 18) in Hollywood.

The 40-year-old burlesque beauty took part in a Q&A and watched the reunion screening of the classic film Cry-Baby.

Also in attendance at the big event was Ricki Lake, Traci Lords, Joe Dallesandro, JustJared.com‘s Jared Eng, and more!

“Pleased to announce I am bringing my 90-minute revue Strip Strip Hooray! to Charlotte, NC October 11th &12th” Dita tweeted the next day.

25+ pictures inside of Dita Von Teese and others at the Johnny Ramone tribute… More Here! »

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