Kelly Ripa Says Becoming an Empty Nester with Husband Mark Consuelos Was ‘Shocking… and Quiet’

In this week’s Kin main story, the 51-year-old television have — whose new book, Live Wire: Long-Winded Brief tales, is out Tuesday — gets serious about how life has changed since her youngsters Michael, 25, Lola, 21, and Joaquin, 19, left the family’s home.

The couple’s most youthful youngster Joaquin moved out last year and is currently a sophomore at the College of Michigan.

Lola, a singer currently studying abroad in London, and Michael, an actor and maker, are both living on their own.

“It’s scary, thrilling, liberating, shocking… and calm,” she says.

“I didn’t have the foggiest idea how to proportionally make dinner. Presently, it’s 10 p.m. and we’ll eat. Ripa admits to having a few nerves about the big change.

“There were minutes when I was like, ‘We’re going to be that couple: Our third youngster sets off for college and we get separated because this is all there is to it,” she says, laughing.

“However, there was this other second, where we went to the beach alone for the initial time since our honeymoon with cheddar and a baguette.

These other parents were running around us with small children. I realized I had never seen the dusk because I was making certain our children didn’t run into the water when I wasn’t looking.”

Nonetheless, in other instances, the Live with Kelly and Ryan co-have saw that she and Consuelos could return to enjoying alone time.

She adds, “So I think for us, it was ‘Gracious, this next phase of our lives, this is kind of great.’”

Ripa also drilled down into keeping the spark alive with her husband of 26 years, revealing their sexual coexistence is “the one part of our life that has always been awesome.

In any event, while we’re arguing, it’s benefit.”

She says happily, “”There is no inhibition whatsoever.”

Ripa and Conselous secured the bunch in Las Vegas in 1995 when she 25 and was “excessively youthful to get married!”

“On paper it shouldn’t have worked and when it didn’t work, we really worked at it. We battled for our marriage when it would have been easier to stop and tap out,” she says.

“Listen, my parents have been married for 61 years and Mark’s parents have been married for 55 years. We didn’t have a clue about any other way.”