Talk show host Kelly Ripa said she once passed out while having sex with her husband, actor Mark Consuelos, and woke up in an emergency room dressed like a “dime store prostitute.”
In a chapter titled “Don’t Let Your Husband Pick Your Death Clothes,” Ripa shared details about what happened in 1997 when she and her husband were making love. She explained that she passed out due to not one but two ovarian cysts.
“My eyes shift between the fuzzy images on the screen, the remnants of my ovarian tormentor, and Mark happily snacking away,” Ripa recounts after waking up in the hospital. “Sex can be so traumatic I think, and yet one of us is completely undaunted.”
“There he is, happily munching on the saltines now and ordering a second apple juice,” she added. “Mark could be at a movie, or a spa. Instead, I’m flat on my back wondering when the other two cysts will burst.”
“Also, here is my husband, who is, dare I say, stylish, well-dressed at all times, and yet he dressed me like a dime store prostitute in my time of need,” Ripa continued. “It’s still baffling to me to this day that this is the best costume for the day that he could find for me, to the point where, when I was on the stretcher, I thought I was dreaming; I was having a nightmare. I didn’t realize I had come to.”
The “Live with Kelly and Ryan” host told the outlet that her 51-year-old husband was very supportive of her writing her latest memoir. The two have been married for 26 years and share three kids.
“You have to have a yin and a yang, right?” Ripa shared. “Mark is so quiet in the way he goes through his life, and yet he married a blowhorn, if you will. I am this open book who will even turn the pages for you if you don’t keep up, and yet he allowed me to share these intimate moments because frankly, I think he found them entertaining.”
“At the end of the day, I don’t think he would still be in this marriage if he didn’t find me entertaining,” she added.