Ricki Lake opens up on ‘quiet hell’ of hair loss

Ricki Lake has posted pictures of her new buzz cut and revealed she has been struggling with the “quiet hell” of hair loss for almost 30 years.

Lake, 51, said on Facebook that the ordeal had made her feel suicidal and wrote: “It has been debilitating, embarrassing, painful, scary, depressing, lonely, all things.”

The US talk show host, who recently competed on X Factor: Celebrity, added: “For 2020 and beyond, I want to be real.”

Lake said she had been “suffering in silence” and said “almost no-one in my life knew the level of deep pain and trauma I was experiencing”.

She said she had issues going back to when she was playing Tracy Turnblad in the 1988 film Hairspray and explained: “They triple processed and teased my then healthy virgin hair every two weeks.”

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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