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Kelly Ripa Has Been Living In The Caribbean During Quarantine

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By Clark Sparky

Kelly Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos have apparently been spending the last couple months living in the Caribbean amid the coronavirus pandemic. The two were on vacation there with their kids when the lockdown started and March, and ended up just staying there

"The family was on a trip in the Caribbean when told to shelter in place and decided to stay put," a source told PEOPLE.

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The source went on to say that it was Ripa herself who broke the news during a virtual town hall with ABC employees.

"We had planned a trip for our family, and it was supposed to be our entire family of course," Ripa said, according to the source. "And we arrive and three days later, the entire world changed, really. I mean, everything shut down; the government shut down; our country shut down. I hate to use the word stuck, but we were. We decided to stay where we were."


"Lucky for us, we had our three children," she reportedly continued. "And then, you know, it was supposed to be a two-week trip and we wound up going right back to work. Ryan and I both decided it was better to do the show, because we just felt like in with everything that was going on in the world that perhaps, some normalcy of just doing what we normally do, even though it was like in very unusual circumstances, would be the best thing for us."

Ripa added that she is "most grateful that at least I have my adult children with her. I mean, we have family staying in our house and they're still back home and we're here and it's very unsettling," she added. "I think people are unsettled everywhere, everywhere, across the country and across the globe. So, I think it's been a great benefit for us to have each other, to have our viewing audience and just to hear Brian Chapman's voice in my ear, our director first thing in the morning. It just normalizes everything as abnormal as it all is."

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It's good that the kids are there because Ripa has been using her daughter's makeup and clothes.

"I keep putting on my daughter’s self-tanner, thinking that will help," she said. "All of my clothes, all of my hair products, and all of my makeup is locked in the studio, which is closed because of everything that is going on. ...I realized it was such a blessing to have this place to keep everything. So now I’m just in an 18-year-old's self-tanner and workout clothes."

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