Kelly Ripa embraces her husband's stripper past

May 11, 2012 at 11:15 AM ET

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Kelly Ripa has no problem with husband Mark Consuelos's past racy routines.

 Everyone has a few skeletons in their closet, and Mark Consuelos is no exception. The "All My Children" actor's wife, Kelly Ripa, 41, opened up about his stint as an exotic dancer in the new issue of Vanity Fair.

"A lot of hot guys in Hollywood have done that," the bubbly blonde TV host said. "He was straight out of college, and he went to Notre Dame and finished his degree at the University of South Florida. So, there he was in South Florida, he's gorgeous, looking to break into show business, so he started off as a roadie to a group of these guys, and then they talked him into stripping."

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Ripa admited she even owns "an old calendar pinup" of Consuelos, 41.

"He is so unbelievably gorgeous, with a Mexican father and Italian mother born in Spain and raised in Italy," she gushed.

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What Ripa loves most about her husband, however, isn't his good looks: It's how much he helps her raise their children Michael, 14, Lola, 10, and Joaquin, 9.

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"We are kind of strict. We are a little bit old-school that way," she told Vanity Fair. "There is only one computer in the entire house for the family to share. The computer is just for homework. They are allowed to TiVo but watch TV only on the weekends. TV during the week interferes with schoolwork. There is too much of that, 'Let me hurry through, slop this out on the page so I can go watch some television.'"

Read more about the pair and their family life in the new issue of Vanity Fair.

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