Andy Cohen has been besties with Kelly Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos since the 1990s.
Through the years they’ve all given their millions of social media fans and followers glimpses into their friendship, which was heightened when Cohen became a dad with the arrival of his son Benjamin, via a surrogate, in February 2019.
On Friday, Cohan was sure to poke at the heartstrings of his 4.2 million Instagram followers when he shared a couple of adorable photos of the celebrity IT couple doting and playing with two-year-old Ben.
Besties: Andy Cohen showcased his longstanding friendship with Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos when he shared a couple of adorable photos of the couple playing with his son Ben
In the first picture, taken just feet from the backyard pool, Consuelos, 50, is playfully lifting little Ben into the air as they both flash big beaming smiles.
Ben, who’s looking cute dressed in blue jeans and a grey t-shirt, looks thrilled to be getting the attention of his Pee Paw.
In the caption, Cohen revealed the two nicknames Ben has dubbed both Consuelos and Ripa.
Adorable: Cohen posted two photos on Instagram on Friday: the first shows Consuelos playfully lifting little Ben into the air as they both flash big beaming smiles
Adorable: Ripa, 50, can be seen holding the two-year-old boy in her arms while soaking in some of Mother Nature’s wonders in the second photo taken in the backyard
‘He calls Kelly & Mark “Mee Maw” and “Pee Paw”…. I call them GILFS!’ Cohen, 53, gushed in the caption of the post
Ripa, 50, can be seen holding the two-year-old boy in her arms while soaking in some of Mother Nature’s wonders in the other photo taken in the backyard.
The Live! With Kelly and Ryan host appears to be marveling at the various flowers and plants with Ben, all while lifting up her feet to get a better view.
It didn’t take long before a plethora of Cohen’s social media fans commented on the photos.
Like family: Ripa and Consuelos have been friends with Cohen since the 1990s
Social media butterflies: The trio have shared images of their friendship on social media, as seen in this throwback photo of Consuelos and Cohen
‘How lucky that boy is to have so much love in his life,’ wrote one person on Cohen’s Instagram page.
Someone else got a kick out of Ben’s nicknames for Ripa and Consuelos, writing, ‘Hottest meemaw and peepaw of all time.’
Two people shared the sentiments of many of the commenters by sharing, ‘Just precious,’ along with a red heart emoji, and, ‘It’s nice your son has such a great relationship with them.’
And then there was one fan who touched on the fact that the couple have recently become empty nesters since the youngest of their three children, son Joaquin, left for college last month.
‘I bet they love doting on Ben now that their kids are all grown. What a sweet relationship!’
Making the rounds: The three friends have appeared on each other’s shows through the years; the trio are seen in Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen in 2018
Cohen first went public and announced he would become a father, with the help of a surrogate, back in December 2018.
Benjamin Allen Cohen would eventually make his arrival to Planet Earth on February 4, 2019.
The following day, during an episode of Live! With Kelly & Ryan, Ripa teared up while talking with her co-host Ryan Seacrest about Cohen and his newborn son.
‘I was honored to practically be in the delivery room, on the phone with my friend, Bruce Bozzi, who was actually in the delivery room,’ Ripa explained to ET, before adding, ‘He looks, I have to say, like he’s been born to do this his whole life.’
She went on to share how Cohen has been like ‘a surrogate dad’ to her own kids: Michael, Lola, Joaquin, who are now ages 24, 20, and 18, respectively.
‘He is a great, great family man,’ she gushed.
Papa Andy: Ripa has previously shared how Cohen has been like ‘a surrogate dad’ to her own kids: Michael, 24, Lola, 20, Joaquin, 18