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Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos: Their Kids

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos: Their Kids

During a 2018 “Live with Kelly and Ryan” episode, Kelly Ripa explained how she and Mark Consuelos came up with the names of their kids. Michael Consuelos was originally going to be called Joaquin. However, Mark’s grandfathers both died while Ripa was pregnant, so the parents decided to honor the two men by naming Michael after them. As Michael grew up, it sounds like he did his namesakes proud. “He’s the kindest person I’ve ever met,” Ripa told People in 2023.

kelly ripa and mark consuelos their kids

During a 2018 “Live with Kelly and Ryan” episode, Kelly Ripa explained how she and Mark Consuelos came up with the names of their kids. Michael Consuelos was originally going to be called Joaquin. However, Mark’s grandfathers both died while Ripa was pregnant, so the parents decided to honor the two men by naming Michael after them. As Michael grew up, it sounds like he did his namesakes proud. “He’s the kindest person I’ve ever met,” Ripa told People in 2023.

As for Lola Consuelos, Ripa recalled, “I was in labor, and ‘Copacabana’ by Barry Manilow was playing in the cab.” The first line of the song mentions a showgirl named Lola. “And I said to Mark, ‘Lola Consuelos is a great name,'” Ripa continued while pretending like she was experiencing labor pains. Many years later, Ripa informed the “Live” audience that her little girl was learning how to drive. “Maybe it was the horseback riding lessons, but Lola picks up everything easier than everybody else in the house,” Ripa said. This included skiing, ice skating, and bike riding.

When the couple learned that their third child was a boy, they decided that they still wanted to use the name Joaquin. During a 2018 “Live” episode, Ripa joked that her youngest starts looking like Judge Judy when his hair gets long. She also said of Joaquin, “He’s full of indictments … He could either be an attorney or a judge. He’s very right-and-wrong-minded.”   

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