In the new issue of Vanity Fair, "Live! With Kelly" host Kelly Ripa reveals a surprising secret about her husband, "All My Children" actor, Mark Consuelos. "He was [a stripper]," the 41-year-old television host tells the magazine.

Ripa goes on to explain how her husband got started as an exotic dancer.

"A lot of hot guys in Hollywood have done that," she says. "He was straight out of college — he went to Notre Dame but he finished his degree at the University of South Florida. So, there he was in South Florida. He's gorgeous [and], looking to break into show business. So, he started off as a roadie to a group of these guys, and then they talked him into stripping."

Ripa says she even has "an old calendar pinup" of her husband from back in the day.

"He is so unbelievably gorgeous, with a Mexican father, Italian mother born in Spain and raised in Italy. And, I will never give him up," she says.

Ripa was asked if her parents were upset when they found out that her husband used to take his clothes off for dollars. "No, no, my parents worship Mark," she said. "My husband is probably the most responsible, hard-working, diligent person I know. He is very smart and stable."

Ripa and Consuelos met in 1995 on the set of "All My Children," when the hunky actor was hired to play her onscreen lover, Mateo Santos. The bubbly TV host said it was love at first sight. "When I met Mark, I was just sort of thunderstruck," she told Redbook Magazine in 2007. "The next day I went up to him and, although I didn't even know his name, I said: 'I had a dream about you last night. We were married and had a little girl and were on a plane to Rome.'

After dating for a year, the couple eloped in Las Vegas on May 1, 1996. They have three children: Michael, 14, Lola, 10, and Joaquin, 9.

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    Kelly Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos Credit: Tana Lee Alves, Getty Images

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    Hayley (Kelly Ripa) and Mateo (Mark Consuelos) made love on the beach on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 1995 on ABC Daytime's "All My Children". " Credit: ABC / Getty Images

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    Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos. Credit: ABC / Getty Images

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    Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos attend an exhibition by Russell Young July 14, 2007 in Southampton, New York. Credit: Tana Lee Alves, Getty Images

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    Hayley (Kelly Ripa) and Mateo (Mark Consuelos) made love on the beach on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 1995 on ABC Daytime's "All My Children". Credit: ABC / Getty Images

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    Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa during Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' Fourth of July East Hampton Party at The Resort in East Hampton, New York, United States. Credit: Johnny Nunez, WireImage / Getty Images

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    Hayley (Kelly Ripa) spoke to the injured Mateo (Mark Consuelos) after he woke up, on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1996, on ABC Daytime's "All My Children". Credit: ABC / Getty Images

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    Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa during Sean John Fall 2003 Fashion Show at Ciprianis in New York, NY, United States. Credit: Gregory Pace, Filmmagic / Getty Images

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    Mark Consuelos, Joaquin Antonio Consuelos, Kelly Ripa and Michael Joseph Consuelos. Credit: Djamilla Rosa Cochran, WireImage / Getty Images

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    Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa during 24th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, United States. Credit: Ron Gallela, WireImage / Getty Images

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    File photo of Kelly Ripa & husband Mark Consuelos at the Soap Opera Digest Awards at Universal Studios on February 28, 1997 in Universal City, California Credit: Barry King, WireImage / Getty Images

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    Kelly Ripa (R) and Mark Consuelos attend the 27th annual DreamBall at Cipriani 42nd Street on September 22, 2011 in New York City. Credit: D Dipasupil, FilmMagic / Getty Images

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    TV personality Kelly Ripa (L) and actor Mark Consuelos attend the 5th annual The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Spring Ball at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on April 25, 2012 in New York City. Credit: Michael Stewart, Getty Images