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Kelly Ripa's husband, Mark Consuelos', shocking former profession revealed

The Live! host has been married to Mark for almost 30 years

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos at the 13th GLAAD Media Awards
Hannah Hargrave
Hannah HargraveUS Deputy Editor
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Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos have amassed an incredible $160 million fortune, but before they hit the big time, the Riverdale actor struggled to make ends meet. 

So much so, that the star had to take on a daring career as a stripper. Kelly previously spoke about her husband's decision and appeared to be more than on board with his daring profession.

"He was straight out of college, and he went to Notre Dame and finished his degree at the University of South Florida," the TV host told Vanity Fair.

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"So, there he was in South Florida, he's gorgeous, looking to break into show business, so he started off as a roadie to a group of these guys, and then they talked him into stripping."

The mom-of-three even admitted that she keeps an old photo of Mark wearing a donkey thong from his dancing days.

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"I even have an old calendar pinup of him," she said, before adding: "He is so unbelievably gorgeous, with a Mexican father, Italian mother born in Spain and raised in Italy, and I will never give him up." 

When asked if her parents were concerned over his go-go dancing days, Kelly said: "No, no, my parents worship Mark. My husband is probably the most responsible, hard-working, diligent person I know. He is very smart and stable."

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The couple met when they both starred on the long-running soap, All My Children, and went on to have three children together, Joaquin, 20, Lola, 21, and Michael, 25.

Kelly has thanked the show for shaping her life: "All My Children is responsible for my entire life," the star admitted.

"I don’t say that lightly. I met my husband on All My Children. I had my children on All My Children. I got [Live With Regis and Kelly] standing in my dressing room on All My Children. It’s responsible for my entire life. I’m not being glib when I say that."

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