Kelly Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary today, and the couple is more in love than ever. However, it has not always been smooth sailing for the couple, as Ripa recently revealed that they actually broke up briefly before they got married.
Entertainment Tonight reported that Ripa and Consuelos met back in 1995, when they co-starred together on the popular soap opera “All My Children,” and they eloped in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 1, 1996. Prior to their marriage, they did break up for a short time, however.
“We broke up and we got back together the day before we went off and eloped,” Ripa said. “Yeah, we eloped. We went to Vegas and got married.”
“He popped the question the day before we got married, but that day, that very day that we got back together, we were at a taping of ‘Regis and Kathie Lee,'” she added. “It was their Mother’s Day special. They were pre-taping it, and one of the dreams of one of the mothers was to meet Mark and me. We were her favorite characters on All My Children. She wanted to meet us, and I think we drove out a new car or pushed out a new pool table or something. She got a present from her kids and we brought it out to her. It all is so connected.”
Consuelos has also been open about their breakup in the past.
“We both had to meet and do an appearance on ‘Live With Regis and Kathie Lee.’ We were pushing furniture for a ‘Queen for the Day’ Mother’s Day special and when we were together she wouldn’t talk to me and that made me go crazy,” he admitted in 2019. “So, I followed her in Central Park, and then we went back to my place, and we got married the next day.”
“It wasn’t a big breakup!” Consuelos added with a laugh.
He went on to say that he knew Ripa was the one “pretty early on.”
“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,” Consuelos explained. “I was shy, I wasn’t very aggressive that way.”