Does it get any cuter than this? Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are arguably one of the most adorable celebrity couples — and it’s mainly because they’re always gushing over each other every chance they get. The latest? Kelly claimed she knew Mark was the one before she even met him. Seriously?!
“I saw my husband in a photograph before I saw him,” the 47-year-old told Bruce Bozzi on the Radio Andy podcast on Tuesday, Aug. 14. “I knew when I saw his photograph.”
She continued, “When I saw him, the photograph of him, I saw my entire future with him flash before — like I saw it. And I don’t believe in any of that and now I do because of that moment.” Aww!
So, how did she see his pic exactly? Turns out, Mark was up for a role on Kelly’s soap opera All My Children at the time. “They had been looking for this character for some time. They were looking really for a Latino actor, not an actor that was like — they didn’t want like a dark-haired guy. They wanted a Latino actor,” Kelly shared. “And so I had auditioned every Latino actor in the city and around the city and then California. And then all of a sudden, Judy Blye Wilson, who was the casting director at All My Children, said, ‘I found him.'”
Then came the snapshot that changed everything. “[Judy] showed me his picture and, Bruce, I’m not this person, at that point I was not a hopeless romantic. I never thought about getting married, it never occurred to me that I would grow old with someone. I just thought I would be living my single girl life in the city and sort of like moving,” Kelly confessed. “You know, if I needed to up and move to a location, I could do that. I had no responsibilities and I was earning a good living on this soap opera because I was there for almost seven years before Mark got there… I was a baby when I got the job.”
The picture was just the start, though, because once Mark starred as Mateo Santos alongside Kelly’s character Hayley Vaughn on All My Children, the rest was history. The couple eventually married in Las Vegas in 1996 and are now parents to three kids, Michael, 21, Lola, 17, and Joaquin, 14. And quite honestly, after 22 years of marriage, they’re still perfect!