Ricki Lake's ex-husband has died.
In an emotional social media post on Tuesday, the TV personality revealed that Christian Evans passed away after a longtime battle with bipolar disorder.
Ricki shared a sweet photo of the former couple on Facebook and Instagram, calling Christian her "beloved soulmate" in the caption.
"The world didn't understand this man, but I did," she wrote, sharing sympathy for others who have "lost a family member or friend to mental illness."
Ricki remembered Christian as "a man of love," writing that she is "a greater person for having known him and spent the past 6 and a half years of my life with him."
The 48-year-old continued, writing that she takes solace in "knowing that he is finally at peace and his spirit is free."
The former "Ricki Lake Show" host and the jewelry designer eloped in 2012, and finalized their divorce three years later.
-- Erin Biglow