Ricki Lake revealed she’s been “suffering in silence” for years due to hair loss.
The former talk show host, 51, took to social media on January 1, to assure fans she isn’t “having a mental breakdown” and explain the issues she’s been tackling.
“I have been struggling with hair loss for most of my adult life. It has been debilitating, embarrassing, painful, scary, depressing, lonely, all the things,” Lake started. “There have been a few times where I have even felt suicidal over it. Almost no one in my life knew the level of deep pain and trauma I was experiencing. Not even my therapist/s over the years knew my truth.”
The actress then explained that she decided to share her truth about her condition to help those experiencing the same.
Her hair loss, she noted, started in 1988 when she landed the role of played Tracy Turnblad in the original Hairspray. At the time, her hair was being triple-processed and teased every two weeks due to filming. It all went downhill from there.