It’s over. Actual Housewives of Potomac‘s Ashley Darby has separated from her husband, Michael Darby, Us Weekly can verify.
“Ashley was going round saying that her marriage is ending, and he or she’s about to be on the relationship market,” an insider who attended Karen Huger‘s RHOP: Karen’s Grande Dame Reunion premiere occasion on Saturday, April 16, solely tells Us.
The 33-year-old actuality star confirmed her break up from Michael, 62, on Tuesday, April 19, writing via Instagram, “It’s been nearly 8 magical years.” Ashley instructed Bravo’s Daily Dish in an announcement that she and Michael “will at all times love and respect one another” regardless of going their alternative ways.
“Now we have determined to separate. We’re conscious that there will likely be many speculative views as to why we’ve got made this choice,” she started. “Folks will likely be fast to imagine that the causes had been an excessive amount of intrusion by actuality TV into probably the most private components of our lives, age hole points, cultural issues, or child-rearing variations. Items of all these could have affected our pure love for one another, however nobody purpose is the basis explanation for our mutual choice to go our separate methods.”
Ashley famous: “We at the moment are each at very totally different levels in our lives and have totally different targets for our futures. We each need the opposite to realize true happiness and success and really feel that we can’t do that collectively.”
She continued: “We additionally know that true happiness can solely be achieved by persevering with to work collectively and placing our hearts and souls into elevating our two stunning boys, Dean and Dylan. They are going to at all times really feel beloved and supported, for they had been actually created out of affection. As it is a private matter for us, we admire everybody who has been part of our journey and ask to your continued help by respecting us as we undergo this emotional state of affairs.”
Ashley and Michael tied the knot in 2014, two years earlier than RHOP premiered on Bravo. The pair’s relationship rapidly turned a subject of dialog after Michael allegedly grabbed the rear finish of Katie Rost‘s then-fiancé, Andrew Martin, at a celebration. The contractor and his spouse denied the claims throughout the season 1 reunion, which aired in April 2016.
In September 2018, Michael was accused of groping a cameraman’s butt whereas engaged on an episode of the fact sequence. He was suspended from filming and charged with second-degree sexual assault and improper sexual contact.
The community launched an announcement to Us on the time of Michael’s suspension, noting, “Bravo has complete insurance policies and pointers regarding the protection of forged and crew which manufacturing firms are required to comply with, along with their very own protocols they’ve in place. We take all allegations severely after which proceed accordingly with our producing companions. Bravo and Really Authentic, the manufacturing firm for The Actual Housewives of Potomac, have suspended filming with Michael Darby.”
One month later, Michael’s prices had been dropped. “The case was dismissed attributable to inadequate proof,” Ramon Korionoff, a spokesperson for the Montgomery County State’s Lawyer’s Workplace, instructed Us in October 2018. “The complaining witness states there have been no witnesses who truly noticed the incident.”
Michael’s lawyer, Mike Rowan, additionally supplied an announcement. “The fees had been dropped. They had been baseless,” the lawyer argued that very same month. “There have been numerous alleged witnesses who mentioned it didn’t occur. The peace order request by the alleged sufferer was additionally denied. There was merely nothing that occurred, and nothing right here.”
Amid their public ups and downs, the Paper Wristbands writer addressed the place she stands with Michael. “Michael and I are in a significantly better place,” she shared throughout the RHOP Season 3 reunion episode in August 2018. “We are attempting to have a household. I truly did conceive every week earlier than my birthday and sadly, I had a miscarriage two weeks into the being pregnant.”
After experiencing fertility points, Ashley and the true property mogul welcomed son Dean in July 2019.
“I by no means thought this present day would come,” Ashley wrote through Instagram after giving delivery. “After I realized I used to be pregnant, I began occupied with after I’d really feel the primary kicks. Then, after I was feeling the flutters, I needed to know after I’d lastly begin to present. After watching the bump develop, my thoughts went to birthing day (WILL THIS REALLY HAPPEN?!) And when the day lastly got here that this candy baby got here into our world, it felt just like the sunniest day after a sky crammed gray. Essentially the most sensational day of our shared life. Mickey and I are savoring each second with our great son.”
The duo welcomed their second son, Dylan, in March 2021. The Bravo character gushed about her rising household through Instagram on the time, writing, “Dean loves being a giant brother and covers the child in kisses and hugs on a regular basis. Thanks to your well-wishes and being affected person as we settle into our new regular. That is much more superb than I assumed it’d be. … I didn’t know my coronary heart might maintain this a lot love.”