Mark Consuelos Fires Back After Haters Come After Kelly Ripa's Bikini Pic

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos on Live!

Mark Consuelos isn't going to sit around idly while people put down his wife, Kelly Ripa. On Instagram, after the actor posted a sultry photo of his morning talk show host wife clad in a bikini, Consuelos called out commenters who were bemoaning Ripa's fashion choices. He expresses his full support and admiration for his wife's clothing choices, and shut down anyone who doesn't respect her choice to wear what she wants, when she wants to.

The story goes as follows. Over the weekend, Mark Consuelos went on Instagram to post a picture of Kelly Ripa roaming the beach waters in a bikini. He credited her as "the sexy one" as they spent Sunday in perfectly cloudy weather.

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The Internet being the place it is, it didn't take long for online commenters to chime in their thoughts; many of them criticizing Kelly Ripa for wearing a bikini at 47. Mark Consuelos wasn't having it. In the comment section, the actor fired back at the body shaming claims made towards his hardworking daytime TV wife, calling Ripa the woman he admires the most and praising her work ethic and commitment to exercise and healthy living.

I wanted to take a couple days to weigh in. Probably should've earlier arguably. But I wanted to be above it. Well, now I'm not. I posted this pic of the women I most admire. As a playful tribute to my wife who I'm proud of in endless ways. She works extremely hard in her professional life and her commitment to exercise, healthy diet is admirable and the benefits show.

Mark Consuelos continued to shower praise onto his long-time wife, claiming that Kelly Ripa will continue to wear bikinis as often as she wants. It doesn't matter what age she is -- or what age she will be -- when she wears them. He also doesn't care if Ripa's fashion choices bothered anyone.

Yes she's wearing a bikini at age 47 and will no doubt wear one for many years to come. If that offends you in some way, if it triggers you, or some other psychosis you're suffering from, I suggest you get over it and get used to it.

There you have it. If you're going to attack Kelly Ripa's fashion choices, you're going to deal with Mark Consuelos along the way. Ripa and Consuelos have been together for more than two decades. They were married in 1996 and they share three children together, 20-year-old Michael Consuelos, 16-year-old Lola Conseuelos and 15-year-old Joaquin Conseulos. Their celebrity relationship together is arguably among the strongest within Hollywood.

Kelly Ripa is the host of Live! with Kelly and Ryan, which changed last year when Ryan Seacrest took over for Michael Strahan. Mark Consuelos, meanwhile, can be seen on The CW's hit series Riverdale, where he plays the role of Hiram Lodge.

Will Ashton

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