Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos‘ bond is so solid, spending endless time at home amid the coronavirus pandemic only strengthened their loving relationship. In fact, the Live With Kelly and Ryan host said quarantining with the Riverdale star is a “testament” to their marriage.
“The pandemic happened and we spent an unprecedented amount of time together,” the 49-year-old explained to cohost Ryan Seacrest on Tuesday, September 8. “We spent six months together in the same house … it was a real testament that we really like each other.”
Kelly and her longtime hubby’s time in isolation came to an end when the Husband for Hire star, 49, returned to Vancouver to film his hit series Riverdale. Now that the two are slowly going back to their busy schedules, the All My Children alum said “it’s very sad” to not have Mark around.
“We’ve been apart for nine days and it feels like 90 years … it really does. I will miss him. We can’t go back-and-forth [between Vancouver and home],” she continued, while jokingly addressing Mark, “So it was a good marriage, honey, and I really enjoyed our time.”
Since March, Kelly and Mark — who tied the knot in 1996 — were quarantining with their three kids, Michael Consuelos, 23, Lola Consuelos, 19, and Joaquin Consuelos, 17, in the Caribbean. The Hope and Faith actress said her family was on an island vacation when the coronavirus threw a wrench in their plans.
“Everything shut down; the government shut down; our country shut down,” she explained to People in late May. “I hate to use the word stuck, but we were. We decided to stay where we were.”
Fortunately, Kelly made sure to look on the bright side. “I’ve been most grateful that at least I have my adult children with me. I mean, we have family staying in our house and they’re still back home and we’re here and it’s very unsettling,” the doting mom shared.
“I think people are unsettled everywhere, everywhere, across the country and across the globe,” she continued at the time. “So, I think it’s been a great benefit for us to have each other … it just normalizes everything as abnormal as it all is.”
Although Kelly feels grateful for having the luxury to keep her kiddos safe and sound, being in quarantine wasn’t necessarily smooth-sailing. Earlier in April, the Emmy Award winner revealed she was struggling to get along with some family members while also missing her mom and dad.
“I’m not going to lie, OK? I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I’m currently not speaking to two of my three kids. I’m not talking to two of them,” she shared during an episode of Live With Kelly and Ryan. “Just because, we’re all in the same boat together, right? Like, I haven’t gotten to hug my parents … I want to hug my parents. I miss hugging my parents.”
Now, Kelly can’t wait to hug her hubby!