Ricki Lake Opens Up About Finding Love Again After Her Ex-Husband’s Death
“I believe in love. And I believe in second chances," Ricki Lake tells PEOPLE
“I really felt like meeting Christian was like lightning striking,” she says now. “I didn’t think it would strike twice, and I was okay with it.”
Lake, 50, fell into a deep depression after Evans, from whom Lake split in 2015 but remained very close to, died by suicide in 2017.
“For a long time, I didn’t think I’d ever be happy again,” says the venerated talk show host, whose most recent documentary, Weed the People, about the medical cannabis world, was co-produced by Evans.
But eventually, “I was okay by myself,” she says. “I wasn’t lonely, I wasn’t desperate. And I think you’ve got to love yourself and be okay on your own before you’re open [to a relationship].”
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So, when Lake was introduced to clothing company owner Jeffrey Scult, 53, by a mutual friend six months ago, she let herself be vulnerable once more.
“We really took it slow,” Lake explains. “Jeffrey knew my heart was in a very precious state, and he had reverence for that.”
Now, “my relationship with Jeffrey is the healthiest one I’ve ever had,” she says. “I believe in love. And I believe in second chances.”
“We all have our own journey,” she says. “But magic has come from even the hardest days. I feel Christian guiding me, and I believe he’s brought Jeffrey into my life.”
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