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Kelly Ripa Admits Mark Consuelos Was 'Insanely Jealous' At The Beginning Of Their Marriage

The couple opened up about the rocky start to their marriage in 1996 on Ripa's podcast 'Let's Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa.'

Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa
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On Wednesday, Kelly Ripa launched the first episode of her new podcast, Let's Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa, and her very first guest was her one and only: husband Mark Consuelos.

The couple tackled some pretty intimate topics regarding their struggles throughout the course of their 26-year marriage, including their very rocky beginning.

Nearly halfway through the podcast, Ripa revealed Consuelos was "insanely jealous" at the start of their marriage.

"My biggest complaint about you over the course of our marriage - and this is not recent, 'cause it definitely changed, and I don't know if I changed or if you changed or if it was some combination of change - but you used to be insanely jealous."
"And that was a hard pill to swallow. It's very hard being married to somebody who is jealous... It's unattractive."

She recounted a particular time as newlyweds, when his jealousy resulted in an argument between the two at a restaurant in Boston.

"The waiter was a very cute old man. He was definitely in his 70s, if not 80s. I thought it was so cute that this old man called me a princess."
"And I looked at him and I gave him my order in a very smiley way. And he walked away and you picked a horrible fight with me."

Consuelos definitely remembered the incident.

"Look, at age 25, I was pretty insane. But that jealousy thing definitely followed me for a while."
"I'm not jealous anymore... It's a character flaw. It's ugly."
"And as ugly as it feels to the person who is on the receiving end of it, it's such an ugly feeling inside."
"If this is any consolation, you know you're being crazy. The jealous person knows that this is wrong and it's ugly but they can't help it."

When Ripa asked "what changed" that resulted in him controlling his jealousy, Consuelos said:

"I wanted to do some work on myself."
"That was one of the major things that I needed to work on, because it was getting in the way."

You can listen to the segment below.

Listeners weighed in on the topic.

Some understood Consuelos' position and sympathized with his feelings of jealousy.

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And many celebrated their commitment to persevering and maintaining a successful marriage. Several also appreciated their honesty and willingness to openly talk about their struggles.

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For everyone wondering... yes, Ripa has some annoying habits, too.

Consuelos revealed:

"You haven't done this in such a long time, but when you're pissed off on the phone, you hang up."
"Sometimes if the person's like, let's say in Vancouver, and you don't pick up the phone in a day, and a day and a half, it's quite unsettling."

But Ripa acknowledged:

"We have ups and downs. Everyone has ups and downs."
"It's never just like even or flat. I was thinking that's like a heartbeat - if you're flatlining, then it's probably dead."

And her hubby agreed:

"It always gets better."
"If you communicate and talk it through, literally, there's nothing that's insurmountable."