During a recent episode of Double Date podcast, Ripa and Consuelos, both 50, spoke on their nearly 25-year marriage and which parts they consider “almost old-fashioned.”
“She makes the home a home,” Consuelos said of his wife.
“What’s funny is I think of us as such a progressive as a couple. I always think of us as politically progressive … we’re progressive people,” the Ripa shared, adding, “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.”
Ripa credited Consuelos’ full work schedule to her never having to leave home to work.
“I’ve been able to raise my kids here in this city, in the nest, and he’s always been willing to travel and go to a set and go off here and sometimes he’s had to go live in another country to work on a set over there,” Ripa continued. “Traveling is hard and being away from home is hard and sometimes he would miss milestones for the kids, and I know that was hard for him.”
The couple shares sons Michael, 23, and Joaquin, 18, and daughter Lola, 19. Ripa went on to reveal it was Consuelos who convinced her to do Live — despite her anxiety she would be taken away from her family.
“I wanted to raise my kids. I didn’t want to have them and never get to see them. 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,” Ripa shared.
She added, “In that way, we’re very traditional. He made those sacrifices, but I think he wouldn’t know how to find a ballet class. He wouldn’t know how to go about signing the kids up for religion classes.”
The father of three went on to describe himself as “a traditional guy. I feel like there are certain roles — it’s hard to explain exactly what those roles are,” he said. “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.'”
Aaaand that’s a wrap folks!
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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