You’d do just about anything for your parents EXCEPT live with them the rest of your life because they nag, wake you up early on weekends to get you to do chores, complain when you come home late and on top of all that, there’s all this…
Being out from your parents’ wings can be tough tamales. We’re guessing this was the kind of sentiment that talk show host Kelly Ripa meant to convey when she poked fun at her son Michael during an interview with Jimmy Kimmel earlier this week. During an interview with the late-night talk show host, Ripa commented that described her son as being “chronically poor” and experiencing “extreme poverty.”
Her word choice, to say it plainly, did not bode well with the audience watching on Twitter.
The “Live with Kelly and Ryan” co-host took a pit stop at “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Tuesday and spilled the beans on how her 22-year-old son is getting along in the real world.
The talk show host visited the show and spoke about how her eldest son, Michael, whom she had wither husband Mark Consuelos is fairing in the world of adulthood. Michael Consuelos recently moved out of his family home to Brooklyn on his own.
“I think he loves the freedom. He hates paying his own rent and he’s chronically poor,” she joked Kimmel during the show. “I don’t think he ever really experienced extreme poverty like now.”
Ripa comments didn’t get much of an audible laugh from her audience even as she went onto explain that her son is now in charge of worrying about his own bills and finances and eagerly awaits an annual Halloween gift form his grandparents of $20 of which he once brushed off as a kid.
“But now that he’s living on his own, he’s called three times, ‘Halloween envelope arrived?’ ” she joked.
So far, the jokes have not gone over well with audiences online. Many have pointed out that Ripa’s son snubbing a $20 gift at any age reeks of privilege.
During the interview, Ripa pointed out that she was concerned about having her children going to schools that were located in the same areas that they had spent their entire lives. Recalling the time she’d dropped person Michael off at college for his first year of college with her husband, Ripa recounted that it didn’t feel like he’d truly flown from the nest.
“We drop him off at his dorm. We have lunch together. We look at each other. We say, ‘We did it. We have a child in college. We did it! Oh my gosh,'” she said during the interview. “We come home. It’s about 10 minutes away. We walk through the front door and he is standing in the hallway.”
The cute anecdote does hint that while her son might have experienced the independence that comes with going to college in some way, he did have the comforts that not too many students are able to afford. Those being going to a school with the financial and emotional support of parents who live nearby and attend to him at a moment’s notice.
Others have also underlined that while Ripa’s son might be experiencing being an adult, his “real world” experience is steeped in the privileges of having been born from wealth.
Like his younger sister, Michael was afforded the opportunity to get into New York University, a private school with a 32% acceptance rate and a $49,062 per year price tag. No doubt, Michael is a smart student who got into the school in his own right but, in light of the college admissions scandal, it is hard to overlook the fact that his path to school was likely lined with expensive tutors and handholding from his parents.
Of course, there’s no doubt that Ripa’s words, flip and out of touch as they might be, were truly meant to do no harm.
The actress, co-host and mother of three Latino children and is a supporter of various charities. The famous talk show host has supported causes for ovarian cancer and in 2001 famously donated $250,000 to. Tomorrow’s Children’s Fund, an organization that works to help childhood cancer. She is also an advocate for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Miguel Cervantes, the man handpicked by Lin-Manuel Miranda to play Alexander Hamilton in “Hamilton,” shared the news of his daughter’s death. Adelaide Grace, his 3-year-old daughter, had been living with severe childhood epilepsy and was diagnosed with the disorder.
“Hamilton” star Miguel Cervantes and his wife Kelly Cervantes shared the sad news of their young daughter’s death.
“The machines are off. Her bed is empty. The quiet is deafening. Miss Adelaide Grace left us early Saturday morning,” Kelly wrote on Instagram. “She went peacefully in my arms and surrounded by love. Finally, she is free from pain, reactions and seizures but leaves our hearts shattered. We love you so much Adelaideybug and forever after 💔💜”
Kelly’s Instagram is filled with photos of Adelaide surrounded by her loved ones.
Adelaide suffered from consistent seizures and there was no cure for her disorder. While she was diagnosed with childhood epilepsy, the overall disease was neuro-degenerative, according to Kelly’s blog Inchstone. Kelly wrote the blogs to document and show readers the journey her family was facing every day with Adelaide’s deteriorating health.
Kelly detailed the decision to move Adelaide into hospice care earlier this year in a blog post titled “Dear, Adelaide.”
In the blog, Kelly reveals the work she and Miguel have put into Adelaide’s care. She admits that the focus of the family for so long was keeping Adelaide alive and in treatment but it finally became clear that things needed to change. In a heartbreaking decision, Kelly and Miguel agreed that it was time to move their daughter to hospice care and plan on making her remaining days as comfortable as possible.
“Becoming a parent is undoubtedly life-changing. But you, my dear, didn’t just change my life, you caused an eruption,” Kelly wrote in his letter to his daughter.
“As the pieces have fallen these last few years, I haven’t been sure what to make of the remnants. The once-familiar landscape was charred and with each step, I worried the ground might give way beneath me. You have been stronger than me every step of the way. Nothing has come easy for you, fighting for some of the most basic and essential life skills, then losing them and having to fight for them all over again,” Kelly wrote to her daughter. “I think that is why this next leg of the journey has been so hard for me to accept. We’ve been standing at the precipice for weeks? Months? I’ve allowed myself to be comforted by denial asking you to wait until I’m ready. Though I realize now, I’ll never be ready and even more so, that the timing is not up to me. You’ve been fighting for your life for so long and I can see now that you are tired. It is my turn to be the strongest… and let you go.”
Kelly continues in her letter showering her daughter with love and promises.
“I promise you, my angel baby, that your efforts, your fight, your life will not have been in vain. We will take the eternal lessons you taught us and continue to plant your seeds in the hearts of anyone who will listen,” Kelly wrote. “I promise you that I will never stop advocating on your behalf, raising awareness and money for research so that families in the future will receive their epilepsy, mast cell activation syndrome, dysautonomia, hypotonia or neuro-degenerative diagnoses along with a treatment plan to full recovery. I promise you that I will fight for science to catch up to the next child even though it could never catch up to you. I will fight so that you can rest, free from the pain this world couldn’t relieve. I love you so much, my Adelaidey baby. Your loss will shatter me in ways I never thought possible but you’ve provided us with everything we need to heal. When it’s time sweet girl, we’ll be with you, and forever after.”
The family is keeping Adelaide’s memory alive and raising money to research a cure for epilepsy.
“I want a cure for epilepsy,” Kelly said, according to ABC7 Chicago. “I want the fear that people have of talking about it, I want that fear to end. I want my baby girl to live, and I don’t get that. So I’m going to fight like hell for the rest of it.”
Rest in peace, sweet Adelaide.
Your mom and dad are doing everything they can to keep the promises they made to you. Rest easy, little one. Your story has inspired people to fight harder to find a cure to the disease that took you too soon.
If you would like to help the Cervantes family fight to cure epilepsy, you can donate here.