Ricki Lake kicked off 2020 by debuting a new look, sharing a photo of herself on Facebook with a close-cropped buzzcut hairstyle.
In a lengthly caption for the photo, she explained that she is “not sick,” is “not having a mid-life crisis, nor am I having a mental breakdown, though I have been suffering.”
That suffering, she explained, has taken place “mostly in silence off and on for almost 30 years,” and she decided now was the time to share her secret.
“I have been struggling with hair loss for most of my adult life,” she wrote. “It has been debilitating, embarrassing, painful, scary, depressing, lonely, all the things. 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.”
According to the former talk show host, she blames “many factors” for her hair loss, beginning with having her hair “triple-processed and teased for her 1988 film debut in “Hairspray”.
Other contributors were “yo-yo dieting, hormonal birth control, radical weight fluctuations over the years, my pregnancies, genetics, stress, and hair dyes and extensions.”
Lake further revealed she’s consulted with many doctors, and has worn hair extensions for years, a laborious procedure that required maintenance every 10-12 days and leaving her feeling like “a slave to this maintenance schedule.”
After a recent “extreme diet where I lost 20 pounds in six weeks” caused her hair to start “shedding again, big time,” she felt she had finally had enough. “This time, I say no more,” she wrote. “I have to be set free.”
You can read her post in its entirety below:
Liberated and Free, Me First things first, I am not sick. (THANK GOD.) I am not having a mid-life crisis. nor am I…
Following Lake’s revelation, the revealed that the support she’s been receiving from fans has been “overwhelming.”
TMZ caught up with Lake and asked how the response has been. “Overwhelming,” she said. “I’m delighted that people have been so supportive of me.”