X Factor Celebrity returns tonight as the second half of the contestants take to the stage. A host of famous faces will be singing their hearts out to impress ITV's Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh. Ricki Lake is one of those names and hopes to add singing career to her long list of talents.
However the show came at a time when the star was ready to transform her life.
In 2017, Ricki’s husband Christian Evans took his own life after battling with Bipolar disorder.
The star has since found love again and revealed she decided to “take charge” of her life during the time of the auditions.
Speaking to press including Metro.co.uk, Ricki revealed she lost 20lb since her audition.
X Factor Celebrity 2019: Ricki speaks out on weight loss (Image: GETTY)
X Factor Celebrity 2019: Ricki and her late husband Christian (Image: GETTY)
X Factor Celebrity 2019: Simon, Louis, Nicole and Dermot are back (Image: ITV)
“For me, after we did the show in July,” she began.
“I lost a lot of weight; I lost like 20 pounds, so I’m feeling better than watching myself on screen there.”
The TV personality went on to explain the impact her husband’s death had on her.
Ricki continued: “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.”
The American daytime television star revealed she feels “empowered” after the weight loss.
She said: “I wanted to come back feeling and looking different, and