Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos have had quite a perfect life on paper. They met each other when they were both 24 years old, eloped the next year, and welcomed their first child, Michael, the following year too. They went on to have two more kids, and earn millions. They really set up quite a financial empire, with Ripa especially becoming one of the most popular daytime talk show hosts in the world.
The couple is now worth several million – Consuelos worth $40 million and Ripa worth a whopping $120 million. Despite that, to everyone’s surprise, the Live host once claimed that her eldest son is living in “poverty”.
Kelly Ripa revealed her son’s living conditions
Kelly Ripa had formerly claimed she and her husband, Mark Consuelos believe in letting their kids make their own way. The Hope and Faith alum said that all her kids had to keep a job to understand the importance of work. Her eldest son Michael Consuelos has started out in the entertainment industry already. He starred in the 2022 film Let’s Get Physical and also in a few episodes of Riverdale, where his father, Mark Consuelos is also in the cast.
Michael moved out of his parents’ luxurious Upper East Side townhouse to live in Bushwick, Brooklyn, as was revealed by the Generation Gap host herself. She was on Jimmy Kimmel Live! recently and was asked about her son’s living situation by the host. Kimmel said, “Your son lives in Brooklyn now,” to which the All My Children alum replied, “He lives in Bushwick.”
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Kelly Ripa stirred up a controversy by calling her soon “poor”
Further describing her 25-year-old son’s living condition, the Live Wire writer said,
“I think he loves the freedom, he hates paying his own rent and he is chronically poor. I don’t think he ever really experienced extreme poverty like now.”
Even if she didn’t mean to be insensitive but comparing a multimillionaire’s son’s living conditions to poverty does sound like a stretch. It is understandable that the 52-year-old doesn’t want her children to feel entitled but this exaggeration sounds like a call for clout in the name of righteousness.
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She once wrote on Instagram,
“I didn’t grow up privileged and neither did @instasuelos. We work and we expect our kids to as well. And the fact that a pack of fools want to [expletive] about that, I say let em.”
It’s one thing to work, but to have a financial backing of over a hundred million definitely doesn’t certify as poor and it’s high time the so-called ‘upright’ celebrities understood that.
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