Ricki Lake was traumatised following the breakdown of her first marriage to Robert Sussman and she didn't think she'd marry again before meeting second husband Christian Evans.
Ricki Lake was traumatised following her first marriage.
The talk show host has revealed that the breakdown of her relationship with first husband, illustrator Rob Sussman - with whom she has two children, Milo and Owen - left her cynical about relationships and she didn't think she would marry again.
But her new spouse Christian Evans changed her view and made her love again.
She said: ''For a long time I was involved in this very difficult marriage. I had all these struggles and a relationship filled with drama, which I thought was normal and healthy. But a marriage shouldn't be drama filled. It should be loving and based on a real partnership.
''It was very tough and traumatic and my children were very young. I was married for almost 10 years and I honestly did not think that I would ever get married again. I thought, 'I don't need a man. I am an independent woman. I am strong. I was very cynical about marriage but then I met this amazing person and he changed my perspective on what a partnership should be and the value of sharing your life with someone.''
The 44-year-old TV star has had a long and public battle with her weight - weighing 266lbs at her heaviest - but now a healthy 112lbs, Ricki says her husband helps her stay on a healthy path.
She added: ''I still struggle with being happy with what I see when I look in the mirror. I beat myself up when I've got a spot but it helps that I've got my new husband Christian by my side. No matter how much I weigh and how many wrinkles I get, I truly feel for the first time that I am loved unconditionally.''
Ricki wed Christian in April 2012 in a private ceremony with just their two dogs in attendance.