Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa have been married now for over two decades, and yet, the couple nearly didn’t make it down the aisle. During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live this week, Consuelos addressed how he and Ripa broke up briefly before their wedding in 1996.
The pair, who met on the set of daytime soap All My Children, experienced a rough patch in their relationship and split. “And then, we both had to meet and do an appearance,” he recalled of a scheduled sit down with Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee. “When we were together, she wouldn’t talk to me. And that made me go crazy.”
Following the show, a befuddled Consuelos was beside himself—so he resorted to another method. “I followed her in Central Park,” he explained. “And then we went back to my place, and then we got married the next day.”
The pair eloped in Vegas and have since been married 23 years. They now share three children.
Despite the bump in their road to marriage, Consuelos knew Ripa was the one from the get-go. “We would go out with groups of people from work and, slowly, each date would go that the groups started getting smaller and smaller. Until it was just us two,” he recalled. “I was shy. I wasn’t very aggressive in that way.”
The two have been inseparable since then. “I’m crazy about my wife,” he told Fox News on Thursday, February 21. “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.”
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