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Kelly Ripa’s Key to a Successful Marriage Will Warm Your Soul

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: (L-R) Kelly Rip and Mark Consuelos attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos started off as soap opera sweethearts after meeting and falling in love on the set of All My Children. Now, 22 years later, the two have come to embody celebrity couple goals with their all-to-realistic anecdotes about marriage, with the TV personality’s latest interview adding to the mix.

In a podcast interview with actress Anna Faris on Wednesday, Ripa was asked to extend her advice for how to maintain a happy relationship. “This is what I’ve found works for me in my marriage with Mark: You’re gonna fight,” the Live With Kelly and Ryan host mused. “You’re gonna have at each other. We’re gonna annoy each other and do stuff that irritates each other because we’re human beings.”

The pair are parents to three teenage kids, Michael, Lola and Joaquin. Together, the family of five lives in New York City—and it amounts to just that: family. “But at the end of the day, we’re loyal to each other,” Ripa added to Faris. “We care about each other deeply. We’re good friends and, you know, relationships evolve and we just happen to be lucky enough that we evolved together. We grew together. Our roots became entangled.”

Ripa and Consuelos wed in Vegas in 1996, and returned to their wedding chapel for a special segment on Live With Kelly in 2016. At the time, the couple recalled their love story and their speedy wedding.

Kelly Ripa shared a photo from her 20th wedding anniversary with Mark Consuelos on Live! In this pic, she’s wearing her wedding dress.

“We went for a walk in the park. I convinced her to come back to my apartment,” Consuelos recalled on the episode. “We had pizza and wine and I asked her to marry me.”

“And I said, ‘Ask me when you’re serious,’” Ripa added. “And he said, ‘I am serious. Let’s go to Vegas tomorrow and get married.’ …I said yes.”

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.