Kelly Ripa Lounges with Husband Mark Consuelos as She Says They’re ‘Crushing’ Life as Empty Nesters

by Megan Molseed

What do you do when you go from a household of five to an empty nested household of two? Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos decided a little relaxing was the way to go.

The famous couple may be new to the whole empty-nesting thing, but it appears they are adjusting to it just fine. Well, a little bit, at least.

On Sunday afternoon, Ripa shared a photo of herself and her husband Mark Consuelos lounging on the sofa. Neither one of the two is smiling in the candid shot. But, maybe that’s just them in full relaxation mode?

Relaxing at Home With Ripa and Consuelos

The photo features Kelly wearing a pair of glasses sporting a relaxed natural hairstyle.

Mark seems to be in the middle of a comment, as he isn’t looking at the camera, nor does he look like he’s striking any kind of a “pose.”

From the looks on the couple’s faces, it’s hard to tell if they’re just hard-core relaxing, or if they may be missing their brood a bit on Sunday afternoon.

“So far we are crushing this empty nest thing,” Ripa said in the post. Ripa added a little sad-faced emoji and a twirly-eyed emoji face to the comment.

Of course, Kelly and Mark’s son, Michael had to pop in on the Insta fun. The oldest of the couple’s three children responded to his mother’s post by saying, “I had almost no doubt.”

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’s Beautiful Family

This year, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos celebrated 24 years of marriage. During their years together, the famous couple has welcomed three children.

Kelly and Mark’s oldest son, Michael was born on June 2, 1997. Michael graduated from NYU with his film degree in 2018. He currently plays a young Hiram Lodge on the popular CW drama series “Riverdale.” Mark Consuelos portrays the elder version of Lodge on the hit series.

The couple’s daughter, Lola, was born on June 16, 2001. Lola is currently studying music at New York University.

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’s youngest son, Joaquin, was born on February 25, 2003. The youngest of the Consuelos clan, Joaquin has just flown the nest to begin his first year of classes at the University of Michigan.

Ripa has long been outspoken about her wish that her three kids attend college away from home.

“College is where you start establishing yourself as an independent person,” Ripa told her “Live” co-host Ryan Seacrest in a 2019  “On Air With Ryan Seacrest” interview.

“When you send your kid away to college if your kid stays local…if she feels homesick, I have to say to her, ‘You can’t come home. You have to work it out,'” Ripa added of her daughter, Lola, leaving home to start college.

“I treat it [like long-distance]. I did the same thing for my son,” Ripa added.

“My main concern was, ‘I don’t know if you should be this close to home because I don’t want you using “home” like it’s your home,” she continued. “I want this to be your experience.'”