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Kelly Ripa reveals close bond with son Joaquin as she balances motherhood and work

The Live with Kelly and Ryan star is a doting mom to three children

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Hanna Fillingham
Hanna FillinghamUS Managing Editor
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Kelly Ripa is one of the most well-known faces on daytime TV in the United States, but above everything else she's a mom.

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The Live with Kelly and Ryan star has been in Ann Arbor, Michigan this week, with fans asking why she was there, rather than New York.

The reason being is that the doting parent has gone there to visit her youngest son Joaquin, 18, who attends the University of Michigan.

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Joaquin came back to New York for Christmas, so it's likely that the star was helping to drop him back off while making a trip out of it herself.

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Kelly often goes to visit Ann Arbor, and regularly documents her trips there on social media.

In September, Kelly and her husband Mark Consuelos were pictured attending a college football match with their son.

Joaquin is part of the university's wrestling programme and has shared photos of his practice sessions on social media.

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Kelly Ripa often goes to visit her son Joaquin in Michigan 

Joaquin's move away from New York was a big change for Kelly's family, as he was the first of his siblings to do this.

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Kelly and Mark's older children, Michael, 24, and Lola, 20, chose to study in New York, and with Joaquin now gone, the famous parents are empty nesters.

Chatting on Live with Kelly and Ryan when Joaquin first left home, Kelly said: "We became empty nesters. We took our youngest son to college, we dropped him off. It was hard. It was really hard.

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Kelly and Mark Consuelos are incredibly proud of their son

"It's one of those things where you can never be ready. We've done it before but the other two, they stayed in New York so we knew they were there, even though their visits weren't as frequent as we thought."

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While Joaquin is in Michigan, he returned home to New York for Thanksgiving and more recently, Christmas.

Kelly shared a number of heartwarming photos on social media during the holidays, including one of her and her two sons, along with the caption: "Home for the holidays".

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