(Meredith) - Kelly Ripa struggled to hold back tears while explaining how much she misses human interaction as her family practices social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Wednesday’s episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan, which is now broadcast from the hosts’ respective homes, Ripa opened up to co-host Ryan Seacrest about the stress the pandemic has exerted on her family.
"Look, I'm not going to lie, OK? I'm going to let you in on a little secret: I'm currently not speaking to two of my three kids right now,” Ripa explained. “I'm not talking to two of them because … just because, we're all in the same boat together, right?"
"Like, I haven't gotten to hug my parents … I want to hug my parents. I miss hugging my parents," she continued, on the verge of tears. "And my kids, like, won't hug me. And I'm like, 'Guys we've all been in lockdown together. We're fine. You can give me a hug. It's fine.’"
Ripa has three children -- 22-year-old Michael, 18-year-old Lola, and 17-year-old Joaquin -- with her husband, Mark Consuelos.
During the episode, she also talked about how her son Michael will not be attending his graduation ceremony.
"I feel so bad for my son, Michael, who was supposed to graduate in a couple of weeks. And I really feel bad for my dad who delayed having knee surgery that he can't obviously have now for so many myriad reasons," she said.
“And again, these are small problems considering that so many people are losing their loved ones and [are] very, very sick. But it just, it is what it is."