Kelly Ripa Recommends Doing This if You Want a Long, Healthy Marriage

Jul 25, 2018 at 6:06 p.m. ET
Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa attend Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con Bash held at FLOAT, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
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Kelly Ripa, we love you so much. Never one to mince words, Ripa once again reminded us why she is truly one of our favorite celebs when, during her interview on Anna Faris' podcast Unqualified, she revealed the secret to her long-lasting marriage. The wisdom may be a bit unconventional, but coming from Ripa, we think it's pretty sound. So, what's the secret?  

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While accompanying hubby Mark Consuelos to promote his show, Riverdale, at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend of July 19, Ripa sat down with Faris to have a far-ranging discussion — including some deep insight into her marriage. 

When Ripa was asked how she keeps her marriage healthy, she gave a bit of a surprising answer. "This is what I’ve found works for me in my marriage with Mark: You’re gonna fight. You’re gonna have at each other," she explained, going on to say, "We’re gonna annoy each other and do stuff that irritates each other because we’re human beings." 

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But the way Ripa sees it, even those moments when she and Consuelos aren't totally getting along are beneficial, even fruitful, when it comes to strengthening their bond. "At the end of the day," she told Faris, "we’re loyal to each other. We care about each other deeply. We’re good friends and, you know, relationships evolve, and we just happen to be lucky enough that we evolved together. We grew together. Our roots became entangled."

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Pretty sweet, right? 

Considering Ripa and Consuelos have been together for more than two decades and have not only grown their family but also their careers together, then perhaps there's some truth to the fact that fighting in a healthy way — and the radical honesty that comes out of it — is a necessary relationship tool. 

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