Kelly Ripa says Ricki Lake was her reassuring sign to marry Mark Consuelos: ‘Like an angel from God’

Kelly Ripa has Ricki Lake to thank for her union with Mark Consuelos.

During a chat with Anderson Cooper for her book visit to Live Wire Thursday in New York City, Ripa, 51, revealed she wasn’t sure at first about eloping with Consuelos, also 51, in Las Vegas in May 1996. Lake , 54, but injured as a redeeming property of the couple.

“They de-iced the wings, which I was like, ‘That’s a terrible sign. It’s a terrible sign. We shouldn’t do this. See, they’re de-icing the wings,” Ripa told Cooper, 55.

“And out of nowhere, like a holy messenger of God, THE Ricki Lake walked on board the plane. Also, I said, ‘We’re going to be fine.’”

Cooper said, “I love that Ricki Lake was the sign of, ‘Gracious, you better believe it, this marriage is gonna work.'”

Ripa replied, “Sorry. In 1996, Ricki Lake was Oprah [Winfrey] within recent memory. It was similar to when she was walking on the plane, it was like a delicate glow all around her. And after that we decided to stay on the plane. We concluded that the plane was a promise of something better.”

Currently, after 26 years, Ripa and Consuelos are the guardians of the children Michael (25) and Joaquin (19) and the girl Lola (21).

Ripa also reflected on the couple’s brief split five days before their escape on Thursday night.

“He broke up with me, so I might want to address that. He broke up with me and after that I had to make him think twice about it. In order? I’m totally serious,” she said.

“This is so meta and weird. It’s weird to the point that as I was composing it I thought, ‘None of this can be valid, but actually it is. Because I was there and we were there, that’s how it worked out.’ Mark said goodbye to me one last time and we were both booked to appear on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.”

“OK. They made a unique Mother’s Day, they respected mothers. It only took two things for this mother to meet Haley and Mateo from Every One of My Youngsters and have another

La-Z-Kid chair,” she continued. “Immediately I thought, ‘We’ve got to hack at this lady’s fantasy board. There must be different things you need.’”

Anyway, appearing together on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, currently Live with Kelly and Ryan, led to their compromise.

“They set us up in what I currently know is the live creation office. At that time I had the feeling that they were developing and that we were on a construction site.

I didn’t understand that the workplace looks and always will look like this,” she said.

“It seems like something malicious happened, similar to a wild shaking, and after that everyone fled. Anyway, it’s similar to that. This is our creation office.

So they took us there, these are pre-PDAs, pre-advanced cellphones, pre-applications. Nothing that concerns us, apart from the layers of rubbish on the floor.”

“We both stay there, effectively ignoring each other. I say in the book if we were a couple now, today, these days, I’m convinced we would never have found each other again,” she continued. “He would have despised looking over Twitter, I would have despised reading Instagram. We might have swiped left and right.”

Ripa concluded: “We had two people in a room, and we reconnected. We started talking and I made him ask for my absolution.

Then we were on our way the next day.” Live Wire: Verbose Brief Tales is currently available wherever books are sold. Kelly Ripa says Ricki Lake was her reassuring sign to marry Mark Consuelos: ‘Like an angel from God’

Adam Bradshaw

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