Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos have been married for 22 years, and the couple is more in love than ever. Recently, when Consuelos was traveling for work, Ripa wrote on social media that she missed her husband already, and if two people were ever supposed to be together, she says it is them.
Ripa recently surprised fans when she admitted on a podcast that she dumped Consuelos in 1996 – a year after they started dating. At the time, he played her love interest on All My Children, and they were both young and fell in love quickly. But, an insider says that they didn’t trust their relationship, and Ripa didn’t want to make a mistake by moving too fast.
Ironically, it was during a joint appearance on Live With Regis and Kathie Lee that Ripa and Consuelos reconnected.
“It was their Mother’s Day special,” Ripa shared on Betches’ Comments by Celebs. “And one of the mother’s dreams was to meet Mark and me because we were her favorite characters on All My Children.”
Their reunion on the talk show that she would eventually host sparked their attraction to each other, and just one week later – while eating pizza and drinking wine in his apartment – Consuelos asked Ripa to go to Vegas to elope. The couple secretly married on May 1, 1996.
Ripa has admitted that she and Consuelos constantly fought during their first year of marriage, and it was incredibly tough. But, they eventually figured things out after looking at each other one day and saying that they were “in this for the long haul,” and they needed to make it fun.
During their 22-year marriage, Ripa and Consuelos became the proud parents of three kids – Michael, 21, Lola, 17, and Joaquin, 15 – and an insider says that they are all “healthy and well-adjusted.”
And, even though the Riverdale star has to often leave town for work, he still makes sure to stay connected with his wife.
“His absences do put stress on the relationship, but they FaceTime and text each other a thousand times a day.” the insider said. “They never take each other for granted.”
Ripa says that what you want in life is to have a good companion, and someone who loves you, listens to you, and is your equal. She also says that regular date nights help keep the romance alive, and it is a priority for her and Consuelos to carve out time for themselves. She told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live that “lots of sex” is the key to a happy marriage, and she and Consuelos often try to do spicy things together.
Of course, their passion and love for each other doesn’t exactly thrill their kids. When Ripa posts sexy pics on social media, their kids “roll their eyes,” according to an insider.
However, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos “don’t care” because they are happy to have found each other.