The Sweet Way Kelly Ripa’s Husband Treats Her on Every Date

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos have seemingly done the impossible in showbiz. The two have created a long-lasting relationship that has withstood the test of time. Together they are known as one of Hollywood’s cutest and most powerful couples.

Ripa recently shared how every date feels like a first date with her husband, so how does this power couple make it work?

The couple met at work

Ripa and Consuelos met while filming the daytime soap All My Children. Ripa was a regular on the show when Consuelos came in to read for the soap. But Ripa says she knew that Consuelos was “the one” before she ever met him.

After an extensive search for Ripa’s love interest on All My Children, the casting agent showed the actress of a dark-haired Latino actor and said, “I found him.” Ripa says, “I saw my husband in a photograph before I saw him. I knew when I saw his photograph.”

They have been married over 20 years

The happy couple married May 1, 1996, and will celebrate their 23rd wedding anniversary this year. The two eloped to Vegas shortly after meeting. Ripa has credited spending quality time together as a key to making their relationship work. She said, “Sometimes we’ll put the kids to bed early and watch Jersey Shore on DVR. I think we’re better parents because we have date night to look forward to.”

But she also recognizes that it’s good for partners to have some time apart, stating, “He doesn’t need to take me everywhere or do everything with me. I’m very much about us having our own separate time.” And sometimes, it’s ok to fight,  “It’s OK to fight about things. We’re secure with each other. I don’t feel like if we have an argument, it will be the end of our lives.”

And they still find excuses to work together

If you’re a fan of Live! With Kelly and Ryan, you know that Consuelos has made several appearances on his wife’s talk show. Consuelos was a frequent sub in when Ripa was looking for her new co-host after Michael Strahan left the show. And it’s not just Consuelo’s stopping by his wife’s show, Ripa made a recent appearance on her hubby’s show as well.

Consuelos plays Hiram Lodge on the hit CW series Riverdale. Ripa guest starred on the show, playing none other than Hiram’s mistress. The couple joked about the role on Instagram with Consuelos saying, “Bring side piece to work day.” Ripa responded, “I’m usually against mistresses but this time I’ll make an exception.”

The couple has three kids

The actor and talk show host have three children together, sons Michael and Joaquin, and daughter Lola. Ripa admits that her children are just like any other children. Her three kids are limited to one hour of electronics per day and are not allowed to have their phones at the dinner table.

And just like normal kids, Ripa and Consuelos’ children sometimes get embarrassed by mom. Ripa is careful not to make the kids feel uncomfortable with what she shares. If the kids don’t like something she posts on social media, she promptly takes it down.

Every date is like a first date

It takes something special to make a date with your spouse feels like a first date. But Ripa joked with her friend Rachael Harris that that’s exactly what her husband does. She told Harris, “Every date with Mark is like a first date in your sophomore year of high school. Every date,” she added, “Like, every date he’s like, ‘Is this OK? Is this OK? Is this OK? Can I touch you here? Can I touch you there?'”

But Consuelos isn’t acting like a teenage boy trying to make a move on his girl. Instead, he’s worried about what has been taped, and tucked, and glued. She said getting undressed after a night out is like breaking open a pinata, “There’s false eyelashes, there’s hair extensions, there’s chicken cutlets, those are on the floor. You name it.” Sounds like Consuelos has lots of experience helping Ripa keep everything all together.