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Kelly Ripa: How I’ve Maintained My Strong, Sexy Marriage With Mark Consuelos (Exclusive)

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are the true definition of #CouplesGoals — and after 22 years of marriage, their union is stronger than ever. Whether it’s supporting each other’s personal milestones or leaving flirty comments on one another’s social media, it’s obvious that the pair are just as attracted to each other nowadays as they were when they first met.

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Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

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“We like each other, so that helps! But it wasn’t always so easy. In the early stages, it’s easy to let stuff burn out of control. You want to be right or you want to hear an apology. The stuff we used to argue over in our first year of marriage was like, ‘Are you going to breathe next to me?’ Those were inane fights!” the Live With Kelly and Ryan host, 48, exclusively reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly. But, she admits, “I can’t picture my life without him.”

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The lovebirds — who married in 1996 — have managed to find the secret formula to balancing their relationship and respective careers while simultaneously parenting children Michael, 12, Lola, 17, and Joaquin, 15. And while fans adore the way Ripa and Consuelos dote on another, that doesn’t mean their kids want to witness it! “My daughter and my older son are disgusted,” the Hope & Faith alum tells Us. “If Mark gives me a kiss, they’re like, ‘Ugh!’”

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Kelly Ripa with the Ancestry DNA kit. Courtesy Ancestry

Ripa also talked to Us about uncovering her roots, thanks to’s DNA kits. “I’m Greek!” she told Us. “That was a big surprise.” The star said the DNA kits make a great Christmas gift and added that finding out about her heritage explained why she feels such a strong connection to the country when the family vacations there each year. “I wasn’t visiting Greece, I was going home,” she said. “It all makes sense now!”

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For more on how Ripa keeps her marriage to Consuelos sexy and strong, watch the video above and pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, on stands now!

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