Kelly Ripa: My Husband Was a Stripper — No Big Deal!
On June 29, we will bear witness to some of the hottest men in Hollywood playing a bunch of strippers in the film Magic Mike. And one of those characters was inspired by star Channing Tatum’s real-life twirk-for-cash adventures before he hit it big.
Well tell your grams to loosen up the grip on her pearls, because according to Live! With Kelly host Kelly Ripa, Channing isn’t the only actor who’s had to shake it to make it.
“A lot of hot guys in Hollywood have done that,” Kelly tells Vanity Fair [via Huffington Post] in a recent interview. And guess what? Her husband and father of her three children, soap star Mark Consuelos, was one of those “hot guys.”
“He was straight out of college — he went to Notre Dame but he finished his degree at the University of South Florida,” she explains to the mag. “So, there he was in South Florida. He's gorgeous [and], looking to break into show business. So, he started off as a roadie to a group of these guys, and then they talked him into stripping.”
But lest you be quick to judge, Kelly dismisses any snap conclusions one may make about her hubby and former All My Children co-star. “My husband is probably the most responsible, hard-working, diligent person I know. He is very smart and stable.”
He’s also super hot, and Kelly’s still as smitten with her him as she was when she first met him on the set of AMC 17 years ago. “I will never give him up,” she says. In other words: Mark will continue to be her private dancer for years to come.