Tom Brady Opens Up About Struggles With His Ex

This article appeared in Noteabley and has been published here with permission.

A lot of parents struggle co-parenting with their ex. While Tom and Gisele are always in the spotlight, Brady is now opening up about the struggles he has faced with his ex and their son John a.k.a Jack.

Young Love

Tom met Bridget Moynahan in 2004 and they hit it off right away. Their passion for their careers, structure, and hard work was what really sealed the deal for their relationship. It was clear to everyone around them that there was chemistry between the Patriots quarterback and the I-Robot actress. During the beginning stages of their relationship, both of their careers were thriving. Moynahan was landing several big roles in films and Tom Brady was thriving as quarterback for the Patriots. They seemed like a match made in heaven.

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Talk Of The Town

When the Patriots QB finally decided to settle down with the actress, they became the talk of the town. People speculated about a wedding and gushed about how good the couple looked together. It came as a shock to everyone when the news of their breakup hit media outlets. ​The two were in a relationship until 2006, breaking up after almost 3 years of dating. The split was hard for both, but they said parting ways was a mutual decision. Everything seemed amicable in the days following the breakup.

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A New Flame

A few weeks after Brady and Moynahan split, Tom decided to attend a party where he met model Gisele Bundchen. Despite having only just left a long term relationship with Bridget, it was clear to the quarterback that he had real feelings for this woman. It seemed their relationship was going to lead to bigger things, regardless of just meeting each other. The connection between the two was obvious and no one could deny that this couple was meant for each other. While Brady and Gisele were going on dates, Bridget had some news for her former boyfriend.

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Surprise!

In December of 2006, Bridget learned that she was pregnant with Brady’s child. It was a shock to her as she never expected she would become a single mother. Despite feelings of fear over the situation, she confronted Brady and they agreed to make it work. On finding out she was pregnant, Moynahan said, “I’m not sure anyone – and I could be wrong about this – grows up thinking, ‘I want to be a single mom,'” she said at the time. “When you’re suddenly pregnant and no one is standing by your side, even if you’re in your 30’s, it’s a hard conversation. I’m a traditional girl, and I believe in marriage, and I just always thought that’s the way I’d be doing this. For a moment, it was hard for me to accept that this was the way I was going to have a family.”

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Stolen Moments

In hindsight, Bridget Moynahan admits that being a celebrity and being pregnant with the child of a man she just broke up with was a terrible concoction. Wherever she went, she would be harassed by the media and looking back, she feels like she didn’t get the most out of her time as a pregnant woman. “I had a public breakup and then I was pregnant and then I had a baby,” she said. “And those moments were kind of stolen from me by the paparazzi, the tabloids, whatever.”

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Trouble In Paradise

Upon finding out his ex was pregnant, Brady was shocked. He had just entered a new relationship with a woman he adored and now he was expecting his first child. It definitely caused some turbulence with his newfound girlfriend. Gisele certainly had her doubts as well when Tom told her about his ex’s pregnancy. Bundchen wondered if she should encourage Tom to get back with his ex to try and make the situation work. “You question at times- ‘Should I stay here? Maybe you should work this out,” she admits. “But when people break up, it’s for a reason.”

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Rocky Waters

It wasn’t easy for the new couple to navigate through, but with strong communication and an open mind they managed to come out of the situation stronger than ever. Gisele said, “It was definitely a surprise for both of us. In the beginning, you’re living this romantic fantasy; you’re thinking, ‘This can’t be true, it’s so good!’ And then whoops – wake up call!” The couple had only been together for 2 and a half months when they found out the news. “It was a very challenging situation. Obviously, in the beginning, it’s not the ideal thing.”

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Baby Jack

In August of 2007, Moynahan gave birth to their child, John Edward Thomas Moynahan. Despite the trying times during the pregnancy, everyone agreed that this little baby deserved the world. Even Gisele, who was doubtful of the situation, immediately knew how special Jack was when she saw him. Bundchen gushed over the little boy in an interview saying, “He’s a little angel – the sweetest, most cuddly, loving baby. I feel blessed to have him in my life. I understand that he has a mom, and I respect that, but to me it’s not like because someone else delivered him, that’s not my child. I feel it is, 100 percent. I want him to have a great relationship with his mom, because that’s important, but I love him the same way as if he were mine. I already feel like he’s my son, from the first day.”

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Happily Married

In 2009, two years after the birth of Jack, Brady and Bundchen married. They overcame the obstacles in their early relationship and managed to come out stronger. It’s clear in the way they look at each other how much this couple is in love. Brady on his wife, “I’m blessed to find this life partner that we all kind of seek at different times in our life. We found each other at the right time. We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs together, and in so many ways, that’s kind of built our relationship so strong.”

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The Second Child

Later in December of 2009, the newlyweds gave birth to their first child together, Benjamin Rein Brady. The addition of another child definitely added to the challenges of co-parenting, but the Bradys and Moynahan always found ways to prevail. As Bridget said in a PEOPLE interview, “I think from the very beginning the whole goal specifically was to always keep it positive,” She said when asked about co-parenting. “To raise a son in the healthiest environment, and I know we’ve all done that, and it shows. I always encourage everyone to stay positive and understand you have to make the kids priority.”

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Kids Come First

Bridget Moynahan has always been upfront about her desire for all of their kids to grow up in a happy and healthy environment. “I have a relationship with these people on a daily basis. I’m raising a child, and it’s public,” Moynahan said. “My son has two loving parents and an extended family, whether it’s cousins or stepmothers or boyfriends.” “Tom and I made a decision to raise a child together,” said Moynahan, “and we both found partners that not only supported us in raising that child but also loved our child as if he was their own. I don’t think you can ask for more than that.” She makes it clear that she appreciates all the support from outside parties. “My son is surrounded by love.”

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All-Star Dad

In a 2013 interview, Tom Brady touched on his experience co-parenting, “I’ve navigated the challenges [of co-parenting] and now we just do what we need to do as a family.” The star athlete keeps his personal life as private as possible for the sake of his children. Despite their lives constantly being put under scrutinization, the children’s parents make it a goal to keep them from it as much as possible. While adults can handle the gaze of the media a little bit better, we all know how difficult it can be for children to be analyzed that way.

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The Third Child

On December 5, 2012, Gisele gave birth to their first baby girl—Vivian Lake Brady. Upon her arrival, the couple released a short statement, “We feel so lucky to have been able to experience the miracle of birth once again and are forever grateful for the opportunity to be the parents of another little angel.” It’s clear that this little girl has her dad’s heart wrapped around her little finger. He often talks about how he is incapable of saying no to her, “I let my daughter do basically anything she wants, which is a little bit of a problem in the house. The boys I’m definitely tougher on, but it’s so hard with a little 3-year-old girl who just looks at you and smiles and she knows exactly what to say to get her dad to do exactly what she wants.”

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Email Leak

Shortly after the Superbowl 50 scandal, deflate-gate, the media was doing whatever it could to try and tarnish Tom Brady’s name. Even going as far as exposing personal emails between Brady and Moynahan. This seemed to have the opposite effect than the hackers had hoped for though. The leaked emails showed how successful the co-parenting between Brady and Moynahan was. One email from Moynahan read, “Isn’t it cool that Jack got a reading award!? He gets to wear a reading star pin now too. So proud.” To which the quarterback responded, “He is such a smart boy. And he is a hard worker. I’m so proud of him.” If that isn’t successful parenting then I don’t know what is.

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Family Vacation

Despite the busy schedules of the working parents, it’s clear that they make it a priority to spend quality time with their children. Here you can see the family preparing to take a vacation as they navigate through the airport. It’s important for any family to get away from their responsibilities for a little while, even if you’re an All-Star Quarterback and a model. You can tell this is a special time for the family and that these are the moments they will cherish forever.

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Horseback Riding

Another activity they enjoy doing together as a family is horseback riding. You can see the whole family here as they trek through the tall grass on their steeds. Everyone appreciates a little family time! You can see the joy on all of their faces as they get to relax and be away from the probing eyes of the world. While it’s been said that Jack enjoys sports just like his dad, it seems clear that he’s happy doing anything as long as he can be with his family.

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Happy Wife, Happy Life

In a 2018 interview with PEOPLE, Gisele addressed her appreciation for Moynahan, “I’m so grateful for [Bridget]. I know this was hard, but I couldn’t imagine my life without [Jack]. I call him my bonus child.” She admitted to the interviewer. “He opened my heart in ways I didn’t even know my heart could expand,” she added, “I fell in love with him.” I think we all hope that mothers and stepmothers can get along as well as this pair does. Not only is it extremely healthy for a child to grow up in that environment, but it also eases the mind of the parents. Knowing your child is in the hands of someone who genuinely loves them is enough to calm any reservations you may have.

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In It Together

I think it would make any man feel better knowing that his ex and his wife got along well. It’s clear that these two women have a positive relationship with one another, and we can only hope that it’s as pleasant behind closed doors as it is in public. You can see Gisele and Bridget hugging each other as they meet in the street. It’s so healthy for the kids to see how you can still be a positive influence in each other’s life even after splitting up. You have to commend the families for pulling together like this.

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Moms Stick Together

Bridget and Gisele are definitely two women who know it’s okay to rely on one another. Here you can see another photo of them on the sidelines of a Patriots game. Moms that stick together will thrive together! We love seeing women working together, rather than being put against one another. One of the hardest aspects of dealing with co-parenting is lingering jealousy. Whether it’s from the new girl or the ex, it can be a volatile situation. They have seemingly pushed aside any negative feelings and built a real friendship. Not only for the children but for their sakes as well.

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Like Father Like Son

While Tom Brady has expressed that his son Jack is a lot like him in several aspects, there is a stunning similarity that comes out when Jack is on the field with his dad. You can often find Jack throwing tosses to his dad on the sidelines before a game starts. Jack looks like a clone of his dad in this photo of him with the football. While Tom has expressed he doesn’t need any of his children to follow in his footsteps in the world of football, it seems clear that Jack has the same passion his dad does for the game.

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Family First

Tom Brady has made it clear that while raising a family isn’t an easy task, it’s something that he truly loves and is willing to make sacrifices for. What it comes down to is choosing what is most important to you and putting that thing above all else. For the Brady family, it’s the kids always. In a 2019 interview Brady said, “I try to do the best I can do. And I’m certainly not perfect,” he confessed. “I try to keep my priorities in line, you know?” In which he lists his priorities as his kids, his wife, and his career. “All those things have their nuances and challenges,” he admits. “But if you’re committed to em’ and you prioritize em’, then you figure out how to make em’ work.”

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Hard Work Pays Off

From the pictures that the ex-couple post of their son Jack, it is clear to bystanders that this boy is happy and healthy. You can really tell that they’ve built a strong foundation of trust, love, and respect amongst each other. All anyone can ask for is that a child is able to freely communicate and love each parent without anyone on opposing sides trying to sway his opinion. It’s never easy to deal with having parents bad-mouthing each other and it’s clear that this couple has made it a goal to not expose their children to anything like that.

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Friendship Matters

If you’ve ever been a child of divorce, you know that it can take a toll on everyone involved. Seeing that these three adults can sit together, talk, and laugh really shows how mature they are. These three came together to watch Jack participate in sports and showed him that they’re a supportive force ready to be there if he were to need any of them! Having not only two parents but two stepparents who cherish and love you is enough to make any child feel like they’re really important.

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Just Like Dad

While both parents have 50/50 custody of Jack when Tom is in LA, it’s abundantly clear that he wants to be just like his dad. He can be seen on the sidelines cheering on his dad, congratulating him on his wins, and even telling him what he could have done better during plays. It’s obvious that these two have a strong bond and that through their healthy co-parenting they were able to nurture that! We love seeing parents put their kids first.

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Twins

Brady has admitted that Jack is a lot like him in ways saying, “Jack is just like me – he holds a lot in,” while saying his other son Benny is the opposite. “Jack loves sports. He wants to try hard, and he never wants to disappoint his dad. That was me. I’d wake up early on weekends to do stuff with my dad. That’s why I didn’t party a lot. If Dad wanted to golf, I wanted to be there with him. And if I ever missed those things, it would crush me.” What do you guys think? Is Jack basically a miniature version of our Patriots QB? Based on how closely they look alike and how much Jack loves football, I’m gonna say yes!

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Football Fanatics

While all of his kids love watching his dad play football for different reasons, it was Jack’s opinions that really made me smile. He really wants his dad to be the best he can be! Tom Brady said in an interview, “I’ll talk to my son Jack about the game and what he thought of the game and [he’ll say], ‘Dad, what were you doing on this play?! Why didn’t you just do this?!’ He watches football, and his buddies talk about football. That’s just a great thing for a dad, and for all of us, when our kids are interested in what we’re doing,”

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Trying to Move On

While trying to balance her life as a parent and still trying to remain amicable with Brady, Bridget Moynahan was also trying to move on from that chapter of her life and find love elsewhere. In 2010, the actress started dating director McG, who is best known for movies such as Charlie’s Angels and Terminator: Salvation. For a few months, it seemed like things were looking good between the two. However, they eventually parted ways and Moynahan appeared to be back to square one.

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Finally Found Love

Eventually, Bridget Moynahan got the win she deserved when she fell in love with businessman Andrew Frankel. On October 17, 2015, the couple tied the knot at Wolffer Estate Vineyards in the Hamptons. Despite her close-knit relationship with Brady and Bundchen, Bridget decided against inviting them and only had a small ceremony, with a few friends and family. However, her son Jack did end up attending, but he and the rest of the congregation were shocked as the wedding was actually a surprise!

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They Still Have Fun Together

Despite everything they have been through together and all the responsibilities they have, Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen have always managed to put each other first and keep their marriage fun and full of excitement. This photo was recently taken of the couple on Valentine’s Day and it appears that they managed to get away from the family for a day or two to have some quality time as husband and wife. One thing’s for sure – Tom and Gisele still have a magical marriage.

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A Big Family

Another key to Tom and Gisele’s happy family dynamic is the fact that they have three beautiful dogs in their home – Fluffy, Scooba and Lua. They have lots of quality time together and can often be seen going on family trips to the park together. Brady recently posted the following photo on his Instagram account of Brady’s son and Lua hanging out together. “Our oldest boy and our oldest girl,” he wrote in the caption. Dogs certainly bring a lot of joy to many families around the world and the Brady-Bundchen bunch is no different.

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Plenty of Celebrations

It seems like there is always something to celebrate in the Brady household. Whether it is the birthdays of Tom’s kids with Gisele or Jack’s latest milestone, all of the family seems to come together no matter what and make a fuss over each other on their big days. Brady always posts on Instagram a little birthday message for each of his children. “Happy Birthday Benny! 10 years old and I couldn’t be any more blessed to be your Dad!” Brady wrote. “We love you so much! This smile makes my day!”

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Proud Grandmother

One thing that Tom Brady is extremely grateful for is the incredible relationship his mother Galynn has with his children. “I couldn’t imagine a Mom and a Daughter that I could possibly love and adore more than these two!” he wrote on Instagram. “These two fill my heart every day!” It has been a rollercoaster ride for Galynn over the last few years, having had a vicious fight with cancer. However, when 2019 came around, she was able to support her son without any serious signs whatsoever.

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Insta-Fam

While it would be easy just to post photos of himself on the field and celebrating with his teammates on social media, Tom Brady does things a little differently. It seems like he is usually more interested in showing off his beautiful family with the world. While some families tend to be more private and keep away from social media, Tom and Gisele don’t have this concern and are often sharing some of their most intimate moments with their fans, whether on Instagram or Facebook.

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Lets Go to the Beach

When you are the best in the world at what you do, you are most likely going to try and incorporate what you do into every aspect of your life, even when you are trying to relax. Tom Brady loves nothing more than taking a ball to the beach and playing some football with his kids. While it would be perfectly fine for them to just kick back and soak in the sun, Brady always seems to be on the move and his kids are the same!

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Fun in the Kitchen

Even Tom and Gisele know that, from time to time, you just have to treat yourself. Gisele posted this photo of the two of them, along with Benjamin, eating some delicious cookies that Qatar Museums Chairperson Mayassa gave to them. While they have taught their kids valuable life lessons, they have also taught them that it’s ok to enjoy the finer things in life every once in a while. “Breakfast of champions! Seriously Mayassa, we can’t stop eating your cake,” Gisele wrote on Instagram.

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Happy Father’s Day!

An ideal family dynamic is when the kids are just as excited to show love to their parents as their parents are showing love to them. This is certainly the case in the Brady household, especially when Father’s Day comes around for Tom. Gisele wrote the following on social media: “Happy Father’s Day my love. [There are] no words to describe how much you mean to us. There’s nothing that we love more than being with you…You are the best dad!”

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Through Thick and Thin

There is no doubt that one of the most incredible stats surrounding Tom Brady is the fact that he has played in a record nine Super Bowls and has won six of them. Gisele and the kids were quick to rush to Tom’s side shortly after he helped the Patriots win their most recent one in 2018. “What a special night. Congratulations Patriots! Congratulations my love!” she wrote. “Your tireless commitment, discipline and hard work never ceases to amaze me. We love you!”

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Daddy’s Little Girl

As previously mentioned, Tom Brady has a unique relationship with daughter Vivi. While it comes much more natural to bond with his sons through football, Tom enjoys building a relationship with Vivi through a variety of other ways. He jokingly asked his fans on social media if they could help him find out where to buy a unicorn for Vivi’s birthday. He wrote this in the caption attached to this photo he posted on Instagram. “You are a gift to all of us,” Brady wrote.

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Lazy Days

As soon as it reaches a certain time during the weekend, Tom Brady’s kids love nothing more than invading his bedroom and jumping all over him. They can’t help smothering him with cuddles and love and quite frankly, Tom wouldn’t have it any other way. Gisele often finds her husband having a casual afternoon nap with their kids embracing him from every angle. Sometimes, even she will join in on the cuddly fun. This is a family that fully appreciates those quiet days off together.

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Game Over

It does not matter how tired he might be after a game or how bruised he might be. Even if all he wants to do is go for a nice long sleep after a terrible game, Tom Brady always makes sure to attend to his family straight after a game and check that they are OK. As previously mentioned, he is a family man, above everything else. He just happens to also be the greatest football player of all time.

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Amicable Agreement

Moynahan and Brady made it abundantly clear with each other from the beginning that to make this co-parenting situation work they would avoid discussing each other in the media. They didn’t want their son to grow up and find all this back and forth bashing between his parents. Moynahan had briefly touched on the subject in an interview, “There’s no reason why my son, years down the line, would need to read anything [personal] about his mother or his father.” This is why it can be difficult to find any information on their relationship regarding parenting, but it’s obvious that they made this decision with the best intentions for their son in mind.

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Praising Papa

Tom can be found at all of his kids’ sports events cheering them on from the sidelines. Despite being a huge NFL star, he always makes it a priority to keep the attention on his children when it’s their time to shine. Moynahan had briefly touched on the subject in an interview, “There’s no reason why my son, years down the line, would need to read anything [personal] about his mother or his father.” This is why it can be difficult to find any information on their relationship regarding parenting, but it’s obvious that they made this decision with the best intentions for their son in mind.

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Giving Life Lessons

Tom Brady discusses how losing before he had his children was something that would really eat away at him for a while. Now that he has kids, it’s been a lesson not only for him but a way to show them that losing is a part of reality and it’s okay. Brady said this about how he dealt with his super bowl loss after he had kids, “We don’t always win. We try our best and sometimes it doesn’t go the way we want.” As much as it was a disappointment for him to experience that loss, he pushed it aside and used it as an opportunity to teach his kids an important lesson.

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Long-Distance Parenting

While it can be hard parenting a child that stays with his mother over 200 miles away in New York, it’s clear that they make it a goal to always be there for him. Even if Jack is with his mother most of the time, it’s apparent he has a strong bond with his dad. We hope that Jack and Tom continue to strengthen their bond and continue being the great father-son duo that they are! Not even 200 miles can keep these two from being the best of buds.

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Great Parenting

Overall, Tom Brady has proven himself to be a great dad, not only to his son Jack but also to his two other children. He makes it a point to take time to spend with them, support their interests, and be an overwhelmingly important figure in their lives. We cannot wait to see where his children go in life with the guidance of their families. Growing up in a household full of love and support is all they need to be as successful as their parents have been. We can’t wait to see what happens next with the Brady family!

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Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Finally Open Up About the Struggles in Their Relationship

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Who would’ve thought that an audition for a daytime soap opera would result in one of Hollywood’s most enduring love stories? A quarter of a century into their marriage, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are as close and raunchy as the day they met. But is their relationship as healthy as they make it out to be? Today, we discover the good, the bad, and the ugly from Kelly and Mark’s relationship — including Mark’s insane jealousy and how he and Kelly once broke up.

Kelly and Mark’s Perfect Relationship

From the fateful day they met in 1995 right up to hosting their new morning talk show, Ripa and Consuelos are often seen as the perfect Hollywood couple. They met and fell in love young, married, had three children, and took their careers and relationship to dizzying new heights by co-presenting Live With Kelly and Mark.

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But is there more to their marriage than meets the eye? Before we find out, let’s quickly get to know Kelly and Mark and the bizarre circumstances under which they got together.

Kelly’s Childhood

Kelly Maria Ripa was born in Berlin, New Jersey, on October 2nd, 1970. She graduated from Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees Township, New Jersey, where she was a cheerleader, and her drama teacher encouraged her to pursue acting.

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Kelly wanted to be a newscaster, but in 1986, she appeared as a regular dancer on Dancin’ on Air, which became Dance Party USA. Ripa was cast in her first major acting role in 1990 as Hayley Vaughan, a troubled party girl, on ABC’s daytime soap opera All My Children.

Mark’s Childhood

Mark Andrew Consuelos was born in Zaragoza, Spain, on March 30th, 1971, to an Italian mother, Camilla, and a Mexican father, Saul. He grew up in Italy, Illinois, and Florida. Mark attended the University of Notre Dame but then switched to the University of South Florida, graduating with a degree in marketing in 1994.

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The following year, Consuelos landed an audition to play Mateo Santos, Hayley Vaughan’s love interest. But first, he had to win the heart of the casting director, which was going to be tricky, seeing as he had no acting experience.

Love at First Sight

By the time Mark auditioned for All My Children, Kelly had been playing troubled Hayley Vaughan for five years. Before he even landed in New York, the casting director showed her Mark’s headshot, at which point she fell head over heels in love with him.

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Kelly explained, “At that point, I was not a hopeless romantic. I never thought about getting married. It never occurred to me that I would grow old with someone; when I saw him… the photograph of him, I saw my entire future with him flash… I saw it.”

Two Sides to Every Story

While Kelly fell for a photograph of Mark, it wasn’t quite love at first sight for him. He was more focused on bagging the role. Opening up some years later, he admitted, “My main focus was getting the job, and I couldn’t believe my luck, having been in New York for five minutes.”

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Regarding his new onscreen colleague, Mark said, “She was obviously extremely beautiful — but she was really funny, really intelligent, really quick. I realized that if I was ever to get into an argument with her, I would lose every single time.”

Screen Test

And so it came to pass that in February 1995, Mark Consuelos undertook a screen test with Kelly Ripa for a chance to play her love interest on All My Children. But Mark wasn’t the only actor going for the role; nine other actors were also vying for the part of Mateo.

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The two actors’ chemistry was instant and lit up the room. The producers had found their man, and Kelly had found her future husband. He just took a while to warm up to the idea.

Kelly’s Prophetic Dream

The night of Mark’s audition, Kelly had a prophetic and portentous dream about her new colleague. She spilled the beans, explaining, “We were on a plane together, flying to Rome, and we had a baby. We had a baby girl… she had red footie pajamas. I am not kidding.”

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Kelly told Mark about her dream in front of the nine other actors vying for the role. He replied, “Have you ever been to Rome?” When Kelly said no, he said, “’We used to live in Italy.”

“Wait… Who’s We?”

Mark’s answer sent Kelly’s mind into a maelstrom, asking herself, ‘Wait… who’s we?’ She felt this short, dark, and handsome man had some kind of power over her. She’d fallen for him after only seeing his photograph, and now he was visiting her in her dreams.

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Did he mean himself and Kelly? She couldn’t stop thinking about it. Mark insisted he meant he and his parents used to live in Italy when he was a child, which is true. But was he enchanting Kelly to fall further under his spell?

Love Bombing

While Consuelos did live in Italy as a child, Ripa was certain his use of the word ‘we’ meant she and Mark and was subconsciously suggesting they had been soulmates and lived together in Italy in a previous life. Was he a master manipulator who was love-bombing Kelly to create a bond?

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One surefire way to find out would be if he played hard to get, ran hot and cold, then made a massive declaration of love by proposing marriage far too quickly. Once married, would he reveal his true colors by changing from beauty to beast?

Cold Feet

As we know, Mark successfully landed the role of Hayley Vaughan’s love interest, Mateo Santos. He played the role for six years until 2001. But even after bagging the role, he wasn’t swept off his feet with the idea of him and Kelly being together in real life.

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He later explained to HuffPost Live, “I thought she was adorable, hot […] and all that stuff, but I was very focused — I didn’t really think I had a chance with her, so I wasn’t really focused on that.”

The Courtship

Eventually, Mark and Kelly grew closer and started dating. In 1996, while they were filming in Jamaica, paparazzi spotted them together, leading to a media blitz saying their island escape meant they must be in a relationship. The couple finally stepped out as a couple on the red carpet at the Soap Opera Digest Awards.

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In April 1996, less than a year into their relationship, Kelly and Mark planned to get married. But before they could, they split up! What happened next should have set off many red flags, but it didn’t.

We Were on a Break!

Spilling the beans on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, Mark explained what happened not long after they split. “We both had to meet and do an appearance on Live With Regis and Kathie Lee…”

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He explained, “When we were together, she wouldn’t talk to me and that made me go crazy.” Mark continued, “So I followed her in Central Park, and then we went back to my place.” Whatever Mark said to Kelly that night in the park clearly worked.

Getting Married

Within 24 hours of their chat show appearance and Mark following Kelly in Central Park, they were husband and wife. It turns out that Mark had followed her into Central Park to romantically get back together with her.

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In one of the world’s most famous places, Mark again asked for Kelly’s hand in marriage. And this time, it worked. They flew to Las Vegas the next day. Using a phone book to find a chapel, Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa got married on May 1st, 1996.

Kelly Explains How They Got Engaged

Kelly explained how they had split up a week beforehand. “Right before we got married, we broke up. We broke up, and we got back together the day before we went off and eloped. Yeah, we eloped. We went to Vegas and got married.”

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She continued, “He popped the question the day before we got married.” Now that they were truly joined in marriage, would Mark be the perfect husband, or would he reveal a darker side of himself?

Kelly’s Dream Comes True

Naturally, they honeymooned in Rome, making Kelly’s premonition kinda come true. They also stayed on the island of Capri, off the coast of Naples. Mark told Soap Opera Digest, “She deserved a beautiful place to go, and I couldn’t think of a more beautiful place than Italy.”

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Consuelos said they decided to elope rather than have a big wedding since “marriage has nothing to do with anybody but me and my wife.” Shortly after their Las Vegas wedding, they had a second ceremony at a church with both of their families.

Hollywood Coupling

Nowadays, multicultural couples are an everyday occurrence. But when their characters, Hayley and Mateo, and the real-life Kelly and Mark got together in the mid-’90s, interracial marriages were still frowned upon by some. Mark’s dark good looks come from his half-Mexican, half-Italian heritage.

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And when he got together with Kelly Ripa, the handsome couple became one of Hollywood’s first interracial couples. But Kelly and Mark were so in love they didn’t realize it was supposed to be the big deal that some in the media proclaimed it to be.

Hollywood Trailblazers

Years later, Kelly opened up on their interracial marriage, explaining to E! magazine, “It was just two people that fell in love and really had the hots for each other. Now, people reference it quite a bit. And at the time, we didn’t even think about it.”

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She continued, “We were just like, ‘What do you mean? We’re in love? Why wouldn’t we be together?’ It’s funnier now. Because when you look back in history, you go, ‘Oh, I guess that was a big deal.’”

The Green-Eyed Monster

Kelly and Mark seemingly had the perfect Hollywood relationship. But dreamy, dishy Mark seemed to change after they were married. His jealous streak soon became a significant hurdle in their relationship.

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Even in the earliest days of their marriage, Kelly described her husband as “insanely jealous” and admitted Mark’s green-eyed monster got in the way of their marriage. In Kelly’s words, her brand new husband “used to be insanely jealous, and that was a hard pill to swallow.”

La Principessa

Within a week of getting married, Mark’s jealousy had reared its ugly head in Boston, Massachusetts. Kelly explained, “We went to this Italian restaurant, and the waiter was like a very cute old man; he’s definitely in his 70s if not 80s. He leaned down, and he said, ‘And for the Principessa?’”

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She continued, “I thought it was so cute that this little old man called me a princess, and I looked at him, and I gave him my order in a very smiley way. And he walked away, and you picked a horrible fight.”

Mark’s Side of Things

Mark admitted he became very upset during that dinner, saying, “I was 25. I was pretty insane, but that jealousy thing definitely followed me for a while. I’m not jealous anymore. It’s ugly. As ugly as it feels to the person who has to be on the receiving end of it, it’s such an ugly feeling inside.”

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He continued, “If this is any consolation, you know you’re being crazy. The jealous person knows that this is wrong and it’s ugly, but they can’t help it.” Things got so bad that Mark eventually went to therapy.

First Child

One year, one month, and one day after they married, on June 2nd, 1997, the couple welcomed their first child, Michael Joseph Consuelos. Fast forward to today, Michael has graduated from New York University with a degree in film. He was originally interested in screenwriting and directing, but the acting bug eventually bit him.

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Following in his famous parents’ footsteps, Michael became an actor and appeared in The Bensonhurst Spelling Bee with his mom and dad, The Goldbergs, and Let’s Get Physical (2022). He’s even played a younger version of his father’s character on Riverdale.

Wedding Number Three

On the subject of their elopement, Mark later explained, “I think she might get a little nostalgic or maybe regret the fact that she didn’t get to have that big wedding, but I quickly point out to her that we had a number of weddings.”

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Kelly and Mark’s All My Children characters didn’t rush into marriage and elope to Las Vegas, probably because truth is stranger than fiction, and the viewers wouldn’t have believed such a perfect love story. Hayley Vaughan and Mateo Santos eventually walked down the aisle in June 2000.

Kelly Joins Live

In February 2001, Kelly Ripa joined America’s most popular morning show, Live With Regis and Kelly. Her new career path saw her take over Kathie Lee Gifford’s co-hosting gig alongside Regis Philbin for the daytime talk show.

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Kelly was initially hesitant to accept the job, but Mark persuaded her. She said, “I wanted to raise my kids. I didn’t want to have them and never get to see them.” She added that Mark made sacrifices in his career so she could join the Live team.

Second Child

Kelly and Mark welcomed their daughter Lola Consuelos on June 16th, 2001. Fast forward to the present day, and Lola has graduated from New York University’s prestigious Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU Tisch. Before that, she had spent a semester studying in London.

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At the time of writing, Lola lives with her mom and dad in their $27 million New York townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in the Big Apple. We’re expecting Lola to have a career in music.

Her Name Was Lola…

Kelly recently explained how she and Mark decided on their daughter’s name. During an episode of Live With Kelly and Ryan, Kelly divulged that while she was in labor and hurtling across New York in a cab on her way to the hospital, the song “Copacabana” came on the radio.

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The opening line of Barry Manilow’s hit 1970s song opens with, “Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl.” So Kelly told Mark, “Lola Consuelos would be a really cool name.” Mark agreed, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Third Child

On February 24th, 2003, the couple welcomed their third child, another boy. They named him Joaquin because, this time, the NYC yellow cab driver was watching Gladiator starring Joaquin Pheonix on a tiny TV. Just kidding! It’s just a nice name is all.

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Growing up, Kelly noticed that Joaquin struggled with reading and writing, and he was diagnosed with dyslexia and dysgraphia. Nevertheless, Joaquin Consuelos graduated from school and was the first kid to go to university out of state.

Wrestling Star

After Mom and Dad dropped Joaquin off at the University of Michigan, Kelly opened up on her TV show, “We dropped him off at school, and we gave him a hug — it was actually brutally painful. And he didn’t say anything; he was just giving me a hug.”

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Kelly continued, “But he turned to walk away, and I said, ‘Wait, Joaquin, one more!’ And he kept walking, and I knew that it was happening to him too — the emotion.” At the time of writing, Joaquin is currently a member of the University of Michigan’s renowned wrestling team. Mark and Kelly recently moved to Michigan to support Joaquin.

Family Business

In 2007, the couple became business partners when they launched their own production company Milojo, made up of the first two letters of each of their children’s names, Michael, Lola, and Joaquin. Milojo’s first project was an Emmy-nominated documentary called The Streak, which tells the remarkable tale of Florida’s Brandon High School’s wrestling program.

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They hold the longest winning streak in American sports history with a perfect record of 451-0, spanning 34 years. The documentary was surely the catalyst for Joaquin’s training to be a wrestler.

Milojo Shines

Their production company has gone from strength to strength. They produce documentaries for Disney+, Bravo, VH1, E!, Food Network, Discovery, and many more. They made Masters of Reception, Homemade Millionaire, Fire Island, and more.

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Recently, Milojo produced Let’s Get Physical, starring Michael Consuelos, who looks just like his dad! In addition to their successful production company, Kelly earns $22 million a year with Live With Kelly... She’s worth $120 million, while Mark is worth $40 million.

Return to All My Children

In 2007, All My Children celebrated its 40th anniversary. In honor of the soap opera’s ruby anniversary, it was announced that Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos would reprise their roles as Hayley Vaughan and Mateo Santos for a two-episode arc.

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Kelly left Regis Philbin’s side to return to acting while Mark continued his acting career in shows like Law and Order: Criminal Intent and Ugly Betty. Consuelos also learned the ropes of daytime talk shows by acting as a panelist for weekly discussions on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

It’s Good to Be Back

Kelly explained, “After many years, I’ve decided to go back to my roots – my acting roots.” Ripa announced, “That’s right; I am returning to my role as Hayley Vaughan Santos on All My Children. I’m not just going back. Mark Consuelos is coming with me. Hayley and Mateo are going back to their crazy love-making on All My Children.”

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In January 2010, Kelly and Mark brought their characters, Hayley and Mateo, back to the small screen. It was the first time either actor had appeared on the soap opera since they left the show in 2002.

Live With Kelly

Kelly spent the next decade presenting Live with Regis Philbin and Michael Strahan. Soon, Mark started showing up behind the morning show’s desk. And when they were on screen together, things usually got hot and steamy.

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Whenever Mark joined Kelly, the couple would lower the tone by bringing up tales of their wild bedroom antics. Insisting that love and private time were the secrets to a long-lasting marriage, Kelly and Mark embarrassed their co-hosts but intrigued their viewers.

Kelly’s Famous Oversharing

Even though it was America’s most salacious morning show, Kelly often shared too many details about her and Mark’s love life. Once, she explained she prefers to stay in hotels rather than with friends. “When it comes to like, [friends saying] ‘stay with us.’ I’m like, ‘No, no, no. We’ll get a hotel.’”

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Kelly elaborated by telling millions of viewers, “Because I know how freaky Mark and I like to get, so when given the stay-at-the-home option, I’m like, ‘No, you guys are not cut out for it!’” That’s too much information, Kelly!

20th Anniversary

In 2016, Michael Strahan suddenly left Live, leaving Kelly feeling “betrayed” as he left it to ABC execs to inform her. Kelly and Mark flew to Turks and Caicos for a pre-planned 20th wedding anniversary celebration. The trip was the perfect distraction after Strahan’s bombshell news. The couple even posted a photo of Kelly wearing her wedding gown, which she was surprised still fit her!

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As Mark started working away a lot shooting Riverdale, he said, ​​”I’m crazy about her, she’s an extremely patient and tolerant woman, and I think that’s the true secret to our marriage.”

Kelly Played Mark’s Mistress in Riverdale

On January 30th, 2019, Kelly appeared on Riverdale as Mrs. Mulwray, Hiram Lodge’s mistress. She explained, “Mark said, ‘Roberto [Aguirre-Sacasa, exec producer] wants to know if you would be interested in doing a role on the show.’ Michael had just played a young version of Mark, and I said, ‘Oh my gosh, honey, they’re going to be so sick of Consueloses on the set of Riverdale!'”

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Kelly started naming actresses who could play Hiram’s mistress, and Mark was like, “No, Roberto wants you.” So, Kelly thought, “How can I turn down an offer like that?”

You Ruined My Life!

In 2019, Kelly and Mark told Live viewers about the embarrassing time Lola walked in on them in the bedroom. “We started her day off pretty bad yesterday; it happened again… she knocked on our door — our bedroom door.”

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To make matters worse, the incident took place on Lola’s 18th birthday. Ripa told the audience, “She shuts the door, and you hear, ‘You just ruined my birthday! And my life! And I used to see in color, and now everything is gray!’”

Does This Sound Like a Loving Relationship?

In 2019, for his wife’s 49th birthday, Mark posted a photo of Kelly as a child. Accompanied was a message, signing off with birthday wishes as an afterthought. “Happy Birthday to my fave. I’m really glad you were born.”

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The post continued, “Because let’s face it, if you weren’t, I would’ve been married three or four times by now. Which would’ve been really expensive, not to mention the super tense parent-teacher conferences and all the awkward blended family holidays/vacations. Anyway, happy birthday sweetie.” Gee, thanks!

All My Children Revival?

In 2020, ABC mooted developing a primetime revival of All My Children. The exec producers would be Mark Consuelos, Kelly Ripa, and British soap opera EastEnders exec Leo Richardson.

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The latest iteration would tell the tale of a young journalist with a secret agenda who comes to expose the dark and mysterious history of a town named Pine Valley. The reboot is still in the works, and Consuelos and Ripa are slated to appear.

Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories

The couple’s oversharing didn’t end at the Live desk. In 2022, Kelly released her memoir, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories. The book became an instant New York Times bestseller and was described as “a sharp, funny, and honest collection of real-life stories showing the many dimensions and crackling wit of the beloved daytime talk show host.”

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In one chapter, she wrote about how she passed out after a bedroom encounter with Mark. She explained that she’d been suffering from health issues at the time. Please stop oversharing, Kelly!

Deal or No Deal

Kelly and Mark recently opened up about their marriage on Kelly’s new podcast, Let’s Talk Off Camera With Kelly Ripa. On the podcast, they discussed how they’re still very active in their private lives and how they navigated long periods of separation during Mark’s time filming Riverdale in 2020.

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Mark even dropped his guard to reveal a “potential deal-breaker” in their marriage would be if Kelly “cut [him] off,” unless it was due to a medical condition. Maybe this perfect marriage isn’t as rosy as it seems.

Kelly’s Age

In the same podcast, Ripa and Consuelos also touched on Kelly going through menopause and how it affected their intimacy. Mark admitted he “didn’t give Kelly a break” during that time. Make of that what you will.

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He also emphasized he’d never experienced months without private time with his wife, “unless I was in another country.” Mark also revealed he’d only recently learned the distinction between physical and emotional intimacy around the time he turned 50.

The Sun Always Shines on TV

In 2022, just before Kelly turned 50, she revealed her husband’s superpower. She says it’s his ability to treat her like the only person in the world. “We’ve been together a long time, but all Mark has to do is look at me [and I] feel so special, so pretty, and so young,” she told Entertainment Tonight Canada.

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Then she added, “He’s got the best smile I’ve ever seen, so when he smiles, it’s like the sun’s shining on you.”

They Always Kiss and Make Up

That same year, Kelly admitted she and Mark Consuelos were too young to get married at 25. She told People magazine, “On paper, it should not have worked, and when it didn’t work, we really worked at it.”

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She explained, “We fought for our marriage when it would have been easier to quit and throw in the towel.” But through all the ups and downs of marriage, Kelly confessed their love life “has always been very good.” She added that “even when we’re arguing, it’s good.”

Throwing in the Towel

In the same interview, Kelly confessed that wasn’t the only time she nearly walked away. “There were moments when I was like, ‘We’re going to be that couple: Our third child goes to college, and we get divorced because this is it.’”

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She continued, “But there was this other moment where we went to the beach alone for the first time since our honeymoon with cheese and a baguette … I realized I had never noticed the sunset because I was making sure our kids didn’t run into the water.”

Live With Kelly and Mark

In April 2023, Mark took over Ryan Seacrest’s duties. Kelly told People, “To have Mark join me at that desk every day, it’s a dream come true. We’ve been so uniquely blessed. It’s going to be off the rails!” Mark added, “I had filled in so many times and had a blast every single time. I can’t think of anybody that I feel more safe with and protected by than Kelly.”

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Finally, Ripa confessed how she and Mark make their tumultuous marriage work––date nights, giving each other lots of space, and not giving up just because they have a fight or argument.