While Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos often walk the red carpet dressed to the nines, their youngest son is the one soaking up the spotlight for his prom.
The couple’s youngest son Joaquin Consuelos, 18, attended his senior prom, and the proud parents were sure to share the moment on social media.
Events that mark senior year like homecoming, proms and graduation have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. With cases and deaths from COVID-19 decreasing after the rise of vaccinations, rite-of-passage events like prom are happening safely again.
Mark Consuelos shared a photo on Instagram Tuesday of Joaquin and his date on a sunny New York City day with buildings and skyscrapers in the background: It’s Prom night…. Quino and his lovely date Melissa.
Live with Kelly and Ryan host Ripa also posted the well-dressed couple on Instagram.
Prom Night 2021. Joaquin and Melissa, she wrote with heart emojis.
Both parents shared behind-the-scenes photos of their son getting ready on their Instagram story with Kanye West’s Flashing Lights playing in the background. The story posts included snapshots of Consuelos helping his son put on a tie and Joaquin’s date fastening a boutonnière to his lapel.
Celebrities gathered under the proud parent’s post to celebrate the dapper and beautiful teenagers.
ABC World News Tonight anchor David Muir wrote: Wow. Beautiful. Both of them.
Dapper and beautiful! Picture perfect!, wrote comic book creator Rob Liefeld.
Celebrity makeup artist Kristofer Buckle complimented Ripa and Consuelos writing: You and Mark have created the most beautiful children….it’s like your masterpieces.
And CNN anchor Anderson Cooper only had two words: wow…. stunning!
Ripa revealed on Live with Kelly and Ryan in February that their youngest son was going through the process of selecting a college to attend after graduating high school — an accomplishment Consuelos didn’t see coming because of their son’s struggles with dyslexia and dysgraphia.
The International Dyslexia Association describes dyslexia as a learning disability that is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities and describes dysgraphia as a condition of impaired letter writing by hand, that is, disabled handwriting.
Mark got very emotional and very choked up because he said, ‘You know I never thought he would be able to go to college because he was profoundly dyslexic and dysgraphic,’ Ripa said.
Despite her husband’s feelings, Ripa described on the show how dyslexia for her family has been a blessing. She explained how kids with dyslexia often have strengthened qualities like reading a room and picking up on social clues, despite their learning differences.
Joaquin Consuelos will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall and be competing on the university’s wrestling team according to the team’s official Instagram account.