How Kelly Ripa Kept Mark Consuelos From Making This Huge Mistake

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are one of America’s favorite couples. The pair have been together for over two decades and are still going strong. It’s strange to think of a time Ripa and Consuelos might not have been together. Read on to find out the one thing that might’ve come between the lovebirds, had Ripa not intervened.

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos have been married 23 years

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos
Champion Award Honorees Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos attend TrevorLIVE NY 2019 | Craig Barritt/Getty Images for The Trevor Project

Who would’ve thought that a 1995 screen test for All My Children would end with an epic love story? The Live With Kelly and Ryan host and the Riverdale actor’s relationship is as much the same today as it was all those years ago.

Shortly after garnering the roles of Mateo Santos and Hayley Vaughan, respectively, the mom and dad of three began dating off the set.

“I thought she was adorable, hot and sexy and all that stuff,” Consuelos said in a 2014 interview with Huffington Post.”But I was very focused — I didn’t really think I had a chance with her, so I wasn’t really focused on that.”

He ate his words about a year after that screen test. In 1996, Consuelos proposed and the couple eloped to Las Vegas the next day. The rest, as they say, is history.

Consuelos recently went over the top for Ripa’s birthday

The key to a successful marriage is mutual respect and adoration and Consuelos doesn’t let an occasion slip without showing Ripa both.

This year, for her 49th birthday, Consuelos outdid himself. Not only did he conspire with Live co-host Ryan Seacrest to surprise Ripa on-air, but Ripa posted to her Instagram story the dozens of white gardenias he placed all over their home on the eve of her birthday.

Best husband ever,” Ripa captioned a photo. She shared six more pictures of the various arrangements Consuelos inconspicuously situated in various rooms.

As if that wasn’t enough to remind husbands around the world to step up their game, Consuelos then posted a 10-photo gallery to honor the love of his life. In the caption, he shared how her birth “saved” him from a whole different life.

“Happy Birthday to my Fave. I’m really glad you were born. Because let’s face it, if you weren’t, I would’ve been married 3 or 4 times by now, which would’ve been really expensive, not to mention the super tense parent-teacher conferences and all the awkward blended family holiday/vacations. Anyway, happy birthday sweetie.”

Here’s why Ripa’s actions are the reason she and Consuelos are still together

Though their relationship enviable, Ripa and Consuelos once broke up. During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Consuelos admitted they ended up back together because of the way Ripa treated him after.

“We both had to meet and do an appearance on Live With Regis and Kathie Lee … and when we were together [Ripa] wouldn’t talk to me and that made me go crazy,” he said. “So I followed her in Central Park – I stalked her, and then we went back to my place, and then we got married the next day.” 

In a later interview with Fox News, Consuelos spoke about the reason why they’ve lasted.

“I’m crazy about my wife,” he said. “We both come from families, our parents are still together — family is super important to us. We have three great kids, and that also bonds you, having that experience together.”

There you have it. Had Ripa acted differently post-breakup, the two may have never worked things out. We can all thank Live With Regis and Kathie Lee for the interview that nudged Ripa and Consuelos back together.