Kelly Ripa's Son Joaquin is 'Going to the Dark Side'

05/15/2009 at 08:30 AM ET
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With both of their parents in show business, it’s no surprise that Michael Joseph 12 next month, Lola Grace, 8 next month, and Joaquin Antonio, 6, are dreaming big when it comes to their future! In the May 11th issue of OK!, Live with Regis and Kelly co-host Kelly Ripa opens up about her children’s aspirations, saying, “Lola wants to be a pony doctor, which I believe is called a veterinarian.” While Michael is interested in pursuing a career as a cartoonist, it is little Joaquin who seems to have taken a more unusual route — as Darth Vader!

“Yep, I’ve got one going to the dark side.”

A mom of three who juggles both motherhood and her co-hosting duties, Kelly admits that she doesn’t have all the answers when it comes to maintaining a perfect balance between the two. “I try my hardest at work and at home,” she says. “I’m very lucky in that I have the best hours a person could hope for; I get to pick my kids up every day from school and take them to all their activities.”

Although viewed by millions each morning, the 38-year-old — who is reluctant to “disturb” the “good balance” in her family of five by adding another child to the mix — believes she is far from a role model by her own standards. Despite not feeling as if she is an inspiration to others, she shares she turns to her audience members for strength. “I’m constantly meeting working moms in my audience who achieve so much in their lives that I feel encouraged and empowered by them,” she explains.

“We’re all going through the motions of working and raising our children and being good wives — as best we can.”

Michael, Lola, and Joaquin are Kelly’s children with husband Mark Consuelos.

Source: OK!; May 11th issue

– Anya

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Lis on

I love Kelly! She is so cute and witty :) She jokes around and pokes fun at things the way my girlfriends and I do! Wish we could get some more interviews with her.

And, I’m kind of surprised that she’s done having kids. I mean, I know that it’s not certain that she won’t, but she sounds like she’s done, and her youngest is already 6. I just pictured her with at least 4 ;)

Sarah on

I can’t believe how old her kids are already! Time flys!

Judith on

I can remember when Kelly was on “All My Children” as Hayley.. Yes, time sure flys. Kelly is another celeb who has her head on straight, when it comes to raising her kids right… I hope she has one more child, too..

gianna on

Lis yea I think kelly is done having kids. She has mentioned a lot of times recently on regis and kelly show, that her dog is her 4th child and she is done. Years ago I thought she would have 4 kids, because she always said she wanted 4 kids, but mark only wanted 3 so they stopped. Actually she said when they married, she wanted 4 kids and mark wanted 2 kids, so they compromised and had 3 children.

Lisa on

Time flies is so true. :o) Love Regis and Kelly!

plS on

Why would you hope she has a fourth child when she has made it clearly she likes things as they are with three?

Mia on

I love Kelly Ripa, I think she’s great, and her husband Mark Consuelos is gorgeous! They are one of my favorite couples-She was on tv recently, and she was talking about her relationship with Mark, and she said “I’ve had a crush on my husband since the day I met him”, that was cute.

CelebBabyLover on

As a long-time Star Wars fan, I love her comments about Joaqin! :)

Stephany on

I lovvve Kelly Ripa and she always has the funniest stories about her children! I wish we had more interviews with her. :)

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