Inside Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa’s Incredible Love Story: Keeping It Sweet and Spicy After 25 Years

screenmixMay 1, 2021

Talking about how soap stars tend to end up dating each other because they spend so much time together on set, Ripa explained, “We were the only people we knew.” Added Consuelos, “Which is pretty much the only reason we got married, ’cause we didn’t know anybody else.”

“Shhh,” Ripa shushed him, developing another fit of giggles. “That’s not true…I’m sure it’s not true. I mean, it might be true. But look, it’s worked out!”

Eleven years later they’re still making each other laugh. They also still have things in common (not including Consuelos’ sports-watching habit), and they’ve nailed that whole truly-liking-each-other thing. 

“It’s a very typical, normal relationship,” Consuelos also told E! at the 10-year mark in 2006. “We have, you know, ups and downs just like anybody else.” He suspected that, if you asked his wife, she could point out a few moments in their marriage where “it could’ve gone either way.” But “I think I made a really good decision.”

He smiled.