The past two years may have been filled with darkness for Ricki Lake, but the talk show host has now seemingly reached the light at the end of her tunnel. “I found love again,” the 50-year-old gushed at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour on Wednesday, February 6, according to People.
“My husband, who passed from mental illness and suicide, it’ll be two years on February 11, and I just recently found a brilliant new love,” she said, referring to her late husband Christian Evans, who sadly passed away in 2017.
Ricki’s new love is Jeff Scult, the founder of the clothing brand One Golden Thread. “He’s making me really happy,” Ricki said of her boyfriend. “We’ve been together for three-and-a-half months. We met through a mutual friend.”
Despite finding happiness following her husband’s tragic death, Ricki said she never thought she’d find love again. “I found true love with my husband who passed so I’m hoping to find love again. I don’t think I will. I’m open to it, but I think what I had — I was so lucky to have found that, it’s what everybody wants in life,” the brunette beauty admitted said in October 2018.
At that time, Ricki revealed Chris battled bipolar disorder throughout their two-year marriage. It was his manic episodes that led to the couple’s split in 2014 when the Cry-Baby actress filed for divorce, although the pair did remain in a relationship until September 2016.
Following his death, Ricki, who once referred to Chris as her “true, unconditional love,” stated that she was looking for something along those lines again. “But I feel like lightning doesn’t strike twice,” she said. The mom-of-two — she shares sons Milo, 21, and Owen, 17, with ex-husband Rob Sussman — added, “I had the real deal; I just didn’t have it as long as I wanted it.”
Along with new love, Ricki also recently took on a new acting gig by joining The Masked Singer, a top-secret singing competition where celebrities face off against one another while concealing their identity under elaborate costumes. “For me, the raven and what it represented [was] the loss of my husband,” Ricki told reporters at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour. “So much of the last year-and-a-half has been getting over my darkest, terrible loss. It really resonated with me.”
Ricki even learned a few lessons thanks to the hit TV show. “Looking back on my life, I have a bird’s eye view. From death to love to birthing you, my greatest joy is being a mother to my flock,” she said.