Kelly Ripa divides fans with move involving youngest son Joaquin

Kelly Ripa is a devoted mom who has raised three grown children, but it turns out she’s not quite ready to let go. 

The LIVE! star and her husband, Mark Consuelos, were seemingly overjoyed when they became empty-nesters last year after their youngest son, Joaquin, left home for college. 

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But perhaps things aren’t quite as exciting as they thought they would be because the pair have temporarily moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to be near Joaquin’s college just months after he left NY. 

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Kelly – who has been presenting her show virtually – shared a photo recently from inside their rental property and asked if anyone in the area could suggest a dog groomer. 

She was flooded with contacts for her pet dogs, but she was also inundated with mixed reactions to her move. 

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“I think it’s adorable that you have ‘moved’ to be near your newborn baby boy,” teased one fan, to which Kelly responded: “Haha…….he’s on the fence about it.”

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Joaquin is on the wrestling team at Michigan State University 

But others remarked: “Come on Mom, he is in a fun college town,” and, “So how is ‘the baby’ enjoying college life with his parents.”

One of Kelly’s social media followers asked: “Why are living near your son? He’s on his own now,” and suggested they let him get on with his new life away from home. 

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It appears the couple are just spending a little bit of time with Joaquin and taking the opportunity to see some of his wrestling matches now that the season has started. 

Kelly and Mark’s children have all left home 

Their busy work schedules often mean they have to be apart, so since Kelly is hosting virtually to avoid the pandemic, she and Mark have relocated for a while. 

Joaquin’s move away from New York was a big change for Kelly’s family, as he was the first of his siblings to do this.

His brother, Michael, and sister, Lola, both stayed in the Big Apple for their studies so were able to pop home whenever they pleased. 

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