Mark Consuelos Once Tried to "Catch" Kelly Ripa By Faking a Flower Delivery
After 24 years of marriage, Consuelos reflected on a past moment of jealousy.
After over 20 years together, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos know a thing or two about what it takes to make a marriage last, but that doesn't mean their relationship has been without its issues.
In a new book called What Makes a Marriage Last, excerpted by People, Consuelos recalled a moment when he was overtaken by jealousy while apart from Ripa, and decided to try to "catch" her after not being able to get a hold of her all day.
"After we were married, I was doing a show in Boston, and I couldn’t get a hold of her all day," he said. "We didn’t have cell phones then. I got a really bad feeling. So I got on a flight to New York and called her from the plane and asked her what she was doing that night."
Ripa added that she was at home cleaning toilets at the time: "Apparently he thought that sounded very fishy. He wanted to catch me. So he gets home and tells the doorman to call up to the apartment and tell me there’s a flower delivery. I’m excited because I’m thinking, 'Oh my gosh, he’s sending me flowers!'"
Instead, she got a surprise in the form of Consuelos himself.
"Meanwhile, I have a johnny mop in one hand, and I’m wearing a bathrobe," she recalled. "So I open the door, and it’s him. He comes in — he doesn’t even say hello. He’s looking for something. I’m still looking for the flower guy! And he’s sweeping the scene!"
Looking back, Consuelos said, jealousy "feels horrible and you know you're wrong. ... I’m less jealous these days."
Ripa and Consuelos recently celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary by spending it with their kids — Michael, 22, Lola, 18, and Joaquin, 17 — with whom they’ve been self-isolating in N.Y.C.
"We’ll be spending [today] like the rest of the [days we've been inside], having dinner with the family which will be really, really nice," Consuelos said at the time.