Ricki Lake came close to marrying a man she met online only to find out he was a "user and liar."
The TV host entered the world of internet dating two years ago and became "infatuated" with a Brit she met on the web.
She tells Newsweek magazine, "When I was single two years ago, I decided I wanted a boyfriend for my birthday. My friends thought I was crazy for online dating."
Lake admits the relationship progressed very quickly and she even met with immigration lawyers so she could marry her lover.
She explains, "I found this narcissist online and started a whirlwind relationship where I was delusional. I was with a guy who was a total user and liar. He was English and considered himself a poet."
"He was more charismatic than physically beautiful but I became infatuated with him very quickly. I was out of my mind in some ways. I wanted it so badly I lost all clarity... I was going to marry him so he could get a green card. I even went to England with him and met his mother.
"He was such a bad guy. I was the only one who didn't see the signs... I found out from my housekeeper that he would be nice to my children in front of my face but would cringe about them behind my back."
Lake soon realized the romance was doomed and ended the relationship: "After six weeks, I looked in the mirror and didn't recognize myself. I had lost all sense of who I was. I realized it was not working. As soon as I saw the light, it was over. I didn't cry a tear about this guy. I dumped him."
Lake, who has two children with ex-husband Rob Sussman, is now engaged to Christian Evans and admits it was her disastrous romance that helped her find her perfect man.
She adds, "I learned my own value. It's not about having someone. It's about having the right someone... Two years later, I'm with the most amazing man who is absolutely right for me. He's selfless and kind, and he's not looking to further his career through his lover. I'm with the right person. I had to go through a couple of dirt bags to get to him."