"Will success tear Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos‘ marriage apart?" asks the National Enquirer in the first line of a cover story about how Live with Regis and Kelly host Kelly Ripa and her husband, actor Mark Consuelos, have reportedly split up.
According to the story, Mr. Consuelos is on the brink of success ever since landing a job with The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Ms. Ripa has been picking fights about their future. Mr. Consuelos might want to move to Chicago, but Ms. Ripa is refusing to leave New York. One recent spat escalated so much that Mr. Consuelos "stormed out," flew to Chicago, and left Ms. Ripa "in tears."
"Kelly doesn’t want Mark to succeed without her," an unnamed source tells the tabloid. "She becomes upset every week when he has to travel from New York to Chicago and spend the night away from the family to appear on Oprah’s show."
We find the whole thing a little hard to believe, or perhaps just blown out of proportion. It was just Monday night that we saw the couple at the premiere of Cadillac Records. They arrived holding hands–and not just in front of the cameras. As Ms. Ripa twirled around in her Elizabeth and James dress, declaring her love for the Olsen twins, Mr. Consuelos looked on smiling. They giggled and touched and happily chatted with reporters, rather than doing that thing where couples arrive together but then walk the carpet several feet apart–a typical foreshadowing of what’s to come in celebrity marriages.
Then again, what do we know. We didn’t believe that whole story about John Edwards‘ affair with Rielle Hunter that the Enquirer broke last year, and we all know how that turned out.