Ricki Lake has confessed she carried on secret relationship with her troubled ex-husband Christian Evans before he took his own life at age 45.
The former talk show star, 48, tells PEOPLE that the two spent the night together on Feb. 8, and three days later he was found dead in his car
with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
‘I’m in disbelief,’ Ricki tells PEOPLE. ‘I have some bouts of peace, but it's hard to swallow that this was supposed to happen.
Evans had struggled with bipolar disorder most of his life.
The couple were married two years before filing for divorce in 2014, but continued to have a relationship until last September.
Ricki insists he was upfront about his bipolar disorder, telling PEOPLE: ‘He was someone that sort of felt everyone¹s pain to a fault.’
She witnessed one of his manic episodes, saying: ‘It was like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He thought he could fly. He thought he could cure cancer
with his hands.’
After their last night together, Evans left Ricki a note, which she shared with PEOPLE:
‘He wrote, “Thankyou for making time for me, being around your spirit is the first time my soul had been at ease and felt calm in a very long time and last night was sacred healing for my heart. I cherish every moment. Good night, I love you angel.”'
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