Ricki Lake has opened up on social media about how years of hair loss left her feeling suicidal. The American chat show host then unveiled her new look after shaving her head – leaving her feel “liberated and free”. In the posts shared to Instagram and , she said that she first began losing her hair while playing Tracy Turnblad in popular 80s movie Hairspray. Ricki, 51, added that the struggle has been “debilitating, embarrassing, painful, scary, depressing, lonely, all the things.” She began her online post be saying: “I am not sick. (THANK GOD.) I am not having a mid-life crisis. nor am I having a mental breakdown, though I have been suffering.” But after three decades of ‘suffering in silence’, she said that she was “finally ready” to share her “secret”. “I have been struggling with hair loss for most of my adult life,” she the X Factor Celebrity star said in her post. “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.” She continued: “I know that by sharing my truth, I will be striking a chord with so so many women and men. “I am not alone in this and my goal is to help others while at the same time unshackle myself from this quiet hell I have been living in.” Ricki believes that her hair loss is down to many factors, including yo-yo dieting, pregnancy and hair dyes and extensions. After various attempts with doctors to try and stop her falling out failed, she said: “This time, I say no more. I have to be set free.” Concluding her post, she added: “It is a new year and new decade and a new me. With the love and support of some of my dearest friends, I buzzed my hair off and it feels so good! “I am liberated. I am free. I am releasing and letting go. I am brave. I am beautiful I am love. For 2020 and beyond, I want to be real.” The post has received thousands of comments, with many praising the ‘beautiful’ host for speaking out.