Although Kelly Ripa and husband Mark Conseulos were eager to finally spend some alone time together after becoming empty-nesters late last year, it seems they’ve had enough since the couple has temporarily relocated to Ann Arbor, Michigan to be closer to youngest son Joaquin, who’s attending the University of Michigan. According to Hello! magazine, Ripa recently shared a photo from their rental home to social media and asked followers for recommendations for local dog groomers.
However, the reactions were more focused on the reasoning behind the move, with one commenter teasing, “I think it’s adorable that you have ‘moved’ to be near your newborn baby boy.” Another wrote, “Come on Mom, he is in a fun college town,” while a third quipped, “So how is ‘the baby’ enjoying college life with his parents.” Ripa, for her part, is fully aware their decision may be controversial, since she told one fan, “He’s on the fence about it.”
Although plenty of people criticized Ripa for seemingly refusing to let go, there’s no reason to believe she and Consuelos are planning to permanently stay in Michigan. It’s more likely they’re there to spend some quality time with Joaquin before heading back to L.A., where the couple can once again enjoy the peace and quiet of their child-less home.