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Kelly Ripa says her son is experiencing 'extreme poverty' while paying rent for the first time

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 17: Champion Award Honorees Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos attend TrevorLIVE NY 2019 at Cipriani Wall Street on June 17, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images  for The Trevor Project)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 17: Champion Award Honorees Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos attend TrevorLIVE NY 2019 at Cipriani Wall Street on June 17, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for The Trevor Project)

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’s oldest son, 22-year-old Michael, recently moved out on his own and, according to his mother, it’s been an “extreme” learning lesson no longer receiving financial help from his parents.

On Jimmy Kimmel Live , Ripa said, “I think he loves the freedom. He hates paying his own rent and he is chronically poor. I don’t think he ever really experienced extreme poverty like now.”

Though he once took the $20 his grandparents sent him every Halloween for granted, he now counts down the days until he receives the mail.

“Now that he’s living on his own, he’s called three times, ‘Halloween envelope arrived?’ Just so he can have electricity,” Ripa said. “He’s experiencing being an adult.”

Ripa and Consuelos are also parents to Lola, 18, and Joaquin, 16.

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