The Truth About Ricki Lake's New Marriage

Ricki Lake is a former talk-show host known for the aptly named "The Ricki Lake Show." Prior to her career as a talk-show host, Lake was an actor, notably starring in the 1988 version of "Hairspray," for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award For Best Female Lead, as per The Things. Although "The Ricki Lake Show" ended in 2013, Lake hasn't left the showbiz industry. In recent years, she joined the judging panel of the British talent show, "Let It Shine," in addition to performing on "Dancing with the Stars."

In 2017, the actor's life was turned upside down when her ex-husband, Christian Evans, died by suicide, according to Today. After their 2015 divorce, the two had continued a loving and supportive friendship. A year following his death, Lake took to Instagram to write that despite their divorce, "his absence ... left a gaping hole in my life and heart." However, she hinted that she had met someone new, penning, "my heart is open again to life and love."

In fact, in February of 2019, Lake told People that she had "found a brilliant new love" again in the form of Jeff Scult. However, this relationship didn't pan out. The one that was meant to be was with corporate lawyer Ross Burningham, who she met in early 2020, per Closer Weekly. The pair has plenty in common, including being parents to young adults from prior marriages, and Lake has often taken to Instagram to document their journey from dating to marriage.

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Ricki Lake and Ross Burningham didn't waste time in tying the knot

Ricki Lake took to Instagram on January 3 to announce to her followers some exciting news. "We did it! 1/2/22 / Ross and I said I DO!," the former talk show host wrote, referring to attorney Ross Burningham, who she has been dating since 2020, according to Page Six. The accompanying images in the post showcased the happy day, including Lake reading her vows and the couple holding their hands up triumphantly with enormous smiles on their faces. Her followers had nothing but positive messages to leave in the comments section, in which they congratulated the couple and expressed their happiness for them.

The wedding comes nearly a year after the couple got engaged, which the actor also shared via Instagram in February. In a touching post, Lake wrote that she was "so so so excited" to be engaged, referring to Burningham as her "person" and "wonderful." She added, "I am so grateful I get to love and be loved so deeply by this stellar human." In an interview with People at the time of the engagement, the "Cry-Baby" actor expressed her joy at having found her then husband-to-be. "Ross and I literally pinch ourselves ... we feel as if we are kids again."

The wedding comes just as the last of Lake and Burningham's grown children from previous marriages fly the nest. It seems that it's true what they say — when one chapter ends, another begins.