The X Factor: Celebrity: Ricki Lake reveals she has shed 20lbs  since filming ...

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Ricki Lake has revealed she has shed 20lbs since her X Factor: Celebrity audition and was carrying around a lot of 'grief in physical weight' after the death of her ex-husband in 2017.

The talk show host, 51, lost her ex-husband Christian Evans when he took his own life after a lifelong battle with bipolar disorder.

Ricki told MailOnline she wanted to undergo a physical change after dealing with her grief and found the experience 'empowering'.

Interview: Ricki Lake, 51, has shed 20lbs since her X Factor: Celebrity audition and was carrying around a lot of 'grief in physical weight' after the death of her ex-husband in 2017

Interview: Ricki Lake, 51, has shed 20lbs since her X Factor: Celebrity audition and was carrying around a lot of 'grief in physical weight' after the death of her ex-husband in 2017

She said: ‘I was on a very restrictive diet for almost two months. I just really wanted to change my body. I lost my husband two and a half years ago, to mental illness and death by suicide.

‘And for me, I was carrying a lot of that grief in physical weight, and I was really ready to shed it, and so I just took the opportunity, I wanted to come back feeling and looking different, and I feel like I accomplished that.

‘It's like a control thing. The one thing you can control, and it's empowering for me. And so I just feel a lot better.

‘And so watching myself on screen - though I love the show, I think it's hilarious and so well done and I'm so happy to be a part of it - it's hard for me to see myself.'

Relationship: The talk show host lost her ex-husband Christian Evans when he took his own life after a lifelong battle with bipolar disorder (pictured in December 2012)

Relationship: The talk show host lost her ex-husband Christian Evans when he took his own life after a lifelong battle with bipolar disorder (pictured in December 2012) 

Ricki and Christian began dating in 2009 and married in a secret ceremony in April 2012 before announcing they were divorcing in 2014.  

After his death, Ricki posted a heartfelt tribute to Christian on Instagram and said she was a 'greater

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