Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Admit To Having ‘Old Fashioned’ Marriage Roles
The two met in 1995 on the set of “All My Children” and eloped just the next year in Las Vegas. Being married for 24 years, they have three children together (Michael, 23, daughter Lola, 19, and Joaquin, 18) and even started a production company called Milojo. The family seems to be living the good life.
With their 25th wedding anniversary on the horizon, the two recently dived into their marriage roles a bit during a recent episode of the Double Date podcast, and just why their relationship works so well. The key, according to them? Old fashioned marriage roles.
“What’s funny is I think of us as such a progressive as a couple,” Ripa said. “I always think of us as politically progressive…. We’re progressive people. And yet, when it comes to our own family and our marriage and our roles, I think of us as very traditional and almost old-fashioned in our roles.”
So what exactly do they mean by that? It’s a man-woman dynamic—the woman handles certain roles and the man handles certain roles.
“I feel like there are certain roles—it’s hard to explain exactly what those roles are. We had a conversation where I said, ‘Hey, listen, there’s really only room for one man in this relationship, and it’s going to be me,’” Conseulos said. “She makes the home a home,” he added.
While Ripa works as the cohost of The Live With Kelly and Ryan, it’s a job that allows her time to spend with her children.
“I wanted to raise my kids. I didn’t want to have them and never get to see them,” she said. “And the talk show afforded me this opportunity where I would work in the morning, early in the morning, and then I would have the rest of the day to take them to their activities or be there and watch the ballet recital, be there and do all of those things.”
It sounds like they have a good marriaige dynamic now, but that wasn’t always the case. Check out the video below for a funny-now-that-you’re-looking-back story about what happened at the beginning of their marriage!
Do you have traditional, more “old fashioned” roles in your marriage the way Ripa and Conseulos do? If not, what kinds of roles would you say you have? Do they work well for your relationship?