Celebs open up about their experience of empty nest syndrome

Kelly Ripa shares "brutally painful" experience of dropping her last son off at college

Stars Insider

08/09/21 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Kids

When it comes to raising children, there are many milestones along the way. The first birthday, the first day at school, and the high school graduation are all occasions that tend to bring up mixed emotions for parents. There is a great deal of happiness and excitement, but also a certain nostalgia and even shock at the speed at which time is passing.

One particular milestone that parents tend not to look forward to is the day that all their children are grown and have flown the nest. While some fear it and find it more difficult than others, it's safe to say that transitioning to an empty nest is not easy for any parent.

Kelly Ripa opened up on the September 7 episode of 'Live With Kelly and Ryan' about the "brutally painful" experience of dropping her and Mark Consuelos' son, Joaquin, the youngest of their three kids, off at college. "It was hard," she admitted. "It was really hard." She explained that when her kids were little she would give them a goodnight kiss, then exit the room and then return saying, "One more! One more!" It was something they eventually grew out of, until Ripa's 50th when her daughter suggested they all sleep in the same room and asked her mother to continue on her old tradition.

And so, when Ripa was dropping off Joaquin at the University of Michigan,  she explained, "We gave him a hug. It was actually brutally painful. Anyway, I gave him a hug, and I said, 'I did not realize that 18 years would go so fast.' And he didn't say anything. He was just giving me a hug. He turned to walk away, and I said, 'Wait, Joaquin, one more.' And he kept walking," she said while appearing to tear up. "I knew that…it was happening to him, too. The emotion." 

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