Kelly Ripa on her ‘old-fashioned marriage’ with Mark Consuelos: ‘I wanted to raise my kids’

Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos
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Kelly Ripa considers herself “progressive” and yet prefers to keep “traditional” roles in her marriage to Mark Consuelos.

The 50-year-old opened up about their "almost old-fashioned” relationship and how it’s worked for them for more than two decades.

"What's funny is I think of us as such a progressive as a couple. I always think of us as politically progressive," Ripa told the “Double Date” podcast. "Yet, when it comes to our own family and our marriage and our roles, I think of us as very traditional and almost old-fashioned in our roles."

Since Ripa has been able to work near the couple’s Manhattan home as co-host of “Live with Kelly and Ryan” in its various formats since 2001, she’s never had to be away from her family.

"I've been able to raise my kids here in this city, in the nest, and he's always been willing to travel and go to a set and go off here and sometimes he's had to go live in another country to work on a set over there," Ripa said of Consuelos’ acting gigs on “Riverdale” and other programs.

The couple share sons Michael, 23, and Joaquin, 18, and daughter Lola, 19.

"I wanted to raise my kids,” the mother of three added. “I didn't want to have them and never get to see them. And the talk show afforded me this opportunity where I would work in the morning, early in the morning, and then I would have the rest of the day to take them to their activities or be there and watch the ballet recital, be there and do all of those things.”

While the traveling was “hard” for Consuelos, it also made him miss out on many of his children’s milestones.