Kelly Ripa Reveals Husband Mark Consuelos’ Past as a Stripper

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Kelly Ripa, host of Live! With Kelly, doesn’t skirt the topic of her husband Mark Consuelos' past as a stripper. When asked how she found out about his previous profession she states, “he told me.”

“A lot of hot guys in Hollywood have done that. He was straight out of college, and he went to Notre Dame and finished his degree at the University of South Florida. So, there he was in South Florida, he’s gorgeous, 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,” she said in the new issue of Vanity Fair.

Ripa, who admits to having an old calendar pinup of her hubby, says that her husband is too “gorgeous” – with a Mexican father and an Italian mother born in Spain – to ever “give him up.”

And while Ripa may be okay with Consuelos’ stripping days, many might think her “strict” parents would be a different story. Not true.

“No, no, my parents worship Mark. My husband is probably the most responsible, hard-working, diligent person I know. He is very smart and stable,” said Ripa.

A loveable man who happened to strip. Sound familiar? With the new movie Magic Mike coming out in June and starring Channing Tatum, who was also a stripper back in the day, male strippers are gaining a new public image: just some hardworking hotties. Oh, and the character “Magic Mike”?

“My husband knows the real guy,” said Ripa.

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