Ashley Darby and her husband, Michael Darby, go their separate ways.
“Almost eight years ago, when Michael and I said ‘I do,’ we expected that we would share every day from then on,” the “Real Housewives of Potomac” star said in a statement to Bravo’s “The Daily Dish” on Tuesday. “. †
“Unfortunately, that is not our current reality. We have decided to separate.”
Ashley, 33, went on to say that she and the Australian businessman – who is 29 years her senior – “are aware that there will be a lot of speculative opinions as to why” they called it quits.
“People are quick to assume that the causes were an over-intrusion of reality TV into the most personal parts of our lives, issues with age differences, cultural issues or differences in parenting,” she said, admitting that “parts of all of these may have influenced our pure love for each other, but no reason is the main cause of our mutual decision to go our separate ways.”
Ashley explained that she and Michael are just in “very different stages” of their lives and have “very different goals” for their future.
“We both want the other to achieve true happiness and fulfillment and feel we can’t do this together.”
The Darbys — who share sons Dean, 2, and Dylan, 1 — tied the knot in May 2014 and have been on “RHOP” since the show premiered in 2016.
Things took a wild turn in 2018 when a cameraman accused Michael of groping him during filming for season 4. Michael was subsequently beaten with aggravated assault and felony for inappropriate sexual contact over the incident, but they were later withdrawn.
His time on “RHOP” has also been littered with cheating allegations, which he has denied, and uncomfortably flirty comments towards some of the ladies’ husbands and boyfriends.
Representatives from the Darbys and Bravo did not immediately respond to Page Six’s requests for comment.