Kelly Ripa Says She and Mark Consuelos Are ‘Crushing’ Being Empty Nesters

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are officially empty nesters, and they're giving fans a glimpse into their life in a childless home.

The Live with Kelly and Ryan co-host recently shared a photo of herself and her hubby after dropping off their youngest child, Joaquin, at college. “So far we are crushing this empty nest thing,” she captioned the shot on her personal IG account.

In the snap, the married duo is seen looking quite bored while sitting on the coach.

“I had almost no doubt,” the couple’s eldest child, Michael, wrote in the comments section, while Lisa Rinna added, “Omg sending so much love.”

The 18-year-old is starting his freshman year at the University of Michigan, where he plans to continue his wrestling career. The school's official wrestling IG account shared their excitement with a welcome post for Joaquin back in March. They wrote, “SIGNED: Welcome to the family, @joaquinconsuelos! #NewBlue #GoBlue.”

“Super excited to step into this next chapter with @umichwrestling! Honored to be part of this great program,” the new student wrote in the comments section.

This is the third child Ripa and Consuelos have sent off to college. Michael, 24, graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts back in 2020, while the duo’s only daughter, Lola, is starting her junior year at NYU and studying music.

Luckily, the family of five was able to spend some quality time together this summer before going their separate ways.

In July, the 50-year-old television host shared a series of snaps on Instagram of her family’s getaway to Italy and Greece. “Last year’s graduation trip for our oldest son and niece was delayed long enough to become a graduation trip for the family newborns as well!” she captioned the post alongside the two flag emojis.

Hang in there, you two. They never fully leave the nest.

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