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Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos' relationship timeline

The Live! with Kelly and Mark stars met in 1995 while filming All My Children

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Hannah Watkin
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Kelly Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos are a match made in heaven since they first met almost 30 years ago. 

The couple – who stunned at the Oscars in 2023 – are about to begin broadcasting their amazing chemistry to our TV screens every morning following the surprising announcement that Mark would be replacing Ryan on Live! from mid-April 2023.

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Despite the fact the longer-standing Live! host was a little reluctant to start dating her All My Children co-star to begin with, the couple have now been together for over 26 years.

Join HELLO! as we look back at their enduring onscreen and offscreen relationship.

How did Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos meet?

The A-listers first met during Mark's audition to star in All My Children back when, in Kelly's own words, the two were still just "babies". The actress had starred on the show as fan favourite Hayley Vaughan for almost seven years prior to Mark's arrival in 1995.

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Kelly and Mark attend the 2023 Oscars together

The purpose of the auditions was to find a love interest for Kelly's character, but when Mark arrived in the casting room, it was love at first sight not only for Hayley, but for Kelly too.

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The actress revealed in an interview on Lunch with Bruce that: "When I saw him… I saw my entire future with him flash before [my eyes] — like I saw it. And I don’t believe in any of that and now I do because of that moment."

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos as Hayley and Mateo in All My Children© Photo: Getty Images
Kelly knew Mark was the one when they met

Mark, who joined the cast of All My Children with little acting experience, had a slightly different experience during the screen test because his mind was taken up with the audition.

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He told Huffpost Live in 2014: " I thought [Kelly] was adorable, hot and sexy and all that stuff… But I was very focused – I didn't really think I had a chance with her, so I wasn't really focused on that."

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Mark in 1995

His focus paid off though, as due to their excellent chemistry during his audition Mark was hired to play the now famous character of Mateo Santos on the show. A year later in February 1996, the soap stars revealed they were dating in real-life while attending the Soap Opera Digest awards in Los Angeles.

When did Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos get married?

Kelly and Mark tied the knot in May 1996 after less than one year of dating. The circumstances surrounding their marriage were odd, as the two actually broke up a week before they decided to get married.

"We broke up and we got back together the day before we went off and eloped," Kelly admitted on the Comments by Celebs podcast in 2018.

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"We went to Vegas and got married", Kelly explained.

Kelly with her back to Mark in a scene in All My Children© Getty Images
The couple eloped in 1996

The couple were married in a secretive ceremony at Vegas' Chapel of the Bells. Kelly admitted on her show in 2016 that the rushed nature of her spectacularly low cost wedding meant her dress was an unconventional if beautiful choice.

"I didn’t buy it as a wedding dress," the American host explained. "I just bought it because it was really pretty, and I wanted to buy something from the Barneys Warehouse sale". Little did she know how important that sale would be! 

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Kelly and Mark enjoyed a romantic honeymoon in Italy soon after their Las Vegas elopement, traveling to both Rome and Capri together.

Kelly and Mark embrace© Photo: Instagram
The A-listers have been so in love since

However, in the weeks after their wedding the pair tried to prevent news of their elopement from making it into the press as they were afraid that their real-life relationship would negatively affect audiences' opinions of Hayley and Mateo's romance. 

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However, when news eventually did break, the couple's real-life relationship did nothing if not improve audiences' engagement with their characters' story. Following their hospital-based wedding in 1997, the two characters went on to tie the knot in a more traditional ceremony in 2000.

Are Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos still married?

Yes, the actors have now been married for over 25 years and love each other's company – such as when they recently chose to stay in to privately celebrate new years together.

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos on the red carpet© Photo: Getty Images
The couple share a beautiful love

In 2019, the Riverdale star told US Weekly that after nearly 25 years of marriage to Kelly he was still "crazy about her".

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"She's an extremely patient and tolerant woman," he continued. "And I think that's the true secret to our marriage."

In September 2020 Kelly was full of praise for her husband while talking to Entertainment Tonight Canada. "We've been together a long time, but all Mark has to do is look at me [and I] feel so special, so pretty and so young," the actress shared.

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The couple in February 2020

"It's probably his superpower. He knows how to treat his spouse like the only person in the world. He's got the best smile I've ever seen, so when he smiles it's like the sun's shining on you."

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She continued dotingly: "He's got this magic ability to be present and part of everything, so I feel very fortunate. I'm very lucky!"

Kelly and Mark now live together happily in their luxurious $27million Upper East Side townhouse in New York.

Do Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos have children?

All My Children stars Kelly and Mark have three grown-up children: Michael, 25, Lola, 21, and Joaquin, 19.

Michael is currently striving to follow his parents into the film industry, having appeared as a younger version of his father's character in Riverdale. Meanwhile, Lola is an aspiring singer currently spending some time abroad in London.

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Kelly and Mark with their children Michael, Lola and Joaquin

Kelly and Mark's youngest son Joaquin is studying at the University of Michigan, where he has also wowed fans with the muscular physique he has built up for wrestling.

In January 2023, Kelly caused quite a stir when she exposed what her husband Mark was like during her childbirth.

Kelly, Mark and their three children smiling on a red carpet© Getty Images
The family in 2015

In March 2023 while speaking on the first episode of his wife's Let's Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa podcast, Mark revealed the couple were not planning on having more children. Sharing his opinion on the matter, the ??-year-old explained he didn't want to be an "older dad".

"Because what happens next? You're talking about hip replacements, knee replacements… not that there's anything wrong with that dad. But I did it early… and we got really lucky that's what we did when we did it."

What has Kelly Ripa said about her and Mark Consuelos' relationship?

Ironically, despite their very successful relationship, Kelly has spoken out about why she didn't think her and Mark should get together romantically.

Hayley and Mateo get married in a hospital© Photo: Getty Images
All My Children's Hayley and Mateo were married in a hospital in 1997

"On paper, it should not have worked," the TV host said about her and the Riverdale star's relationship. "I say it all the time, I'm like, 'How are we still married?'"

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Speaking with the Not Skinny But Not Fat podcast, Kelly went on to explain why she felt like this, explaining that before meeting Mark, dating an actor was: "On my 'no' list… [I was like] I will never marry an actor because there is no stability there. Right?

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Despite worries, Kelly and Mark's relationship has stayed strong

"But not only did I marry an actor," she continued, "I married my co-star, which is Rule No. 2: Do not involve yourself with your co-star because that never works."

Kelly explained her fears further by saying she used to wonder: "What if I'm falling in love with his character? What if it's his character I'm in love with?"

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The couple's onscreen romance on All My Children was famous, and even won them the Hottest Romance category at 1997's Soap Opera Awards.

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos as characters Hayley and Mateo getting married© Photo: Instagram
Kelly and Mark had a more traditional marriage on their show All My Children

"But…" Kelly continued, "I went against the grain of like that other voice that is like, 'This will never work. You shouldn't do this. This will be ultimately bad for you.' And I decided to take this chance."

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The New Jersey-born actress' decision to take a chance with the pair's real-life chemistry clearly paid off, as the dream couple have been together now for 26 years.

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Mark briefly hosted Live! with Kelly in 2013

In April 2023, just prior to her husband's first appearance on Live! the TV host explained how getting to broadcast every morning with her husband was "a dream come true" for her.

Mark was also full of compliments for his real-life and work-life partner during their People magazine interview: "People would die to have this opportunity. No one does it like she does … I can't think of anybody that I feel more safe with, and protected by, than Kelly."

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