"The world didn't understand this man, but I did." That heartbreaking statement appeared on Ricki Lake's Instagram feed on Tuesday in which she announced the death of ex-husband Christian Evans, who Page Six reported died after struggling with mental illness. The 48-year-old former talk-show host, who called Evans her "beloved soulmate" in her post, eloped with Evans in April 2012 and split with him in October 2014 due to irreconcilable differences, Us Weekly reports.
But despite the end of their marriage, Lake's love for Evans persisted. She noted in her Instagram message that Evans had long battled bipolar disorder and said she was a "greater person for having known him." "What mends my heart today is knowing he is finally at peace and his spirit is free," she wrote, adding, "Rest in peace, my love." People looks back on their love story. (Lake was once in the news for promoting home births.)