The Real Housewives of Potomac star Ashley Darby says she and husband Michael Darby are breaking up

The Real Housewives of Potomac star Ashley Darby has announced that she and her husband Michael Darby are splitting.

The Maryland-born beauty, 33, released a statement to The Daily Dish on Tuesday confirming that she and her husband, 62, have split after more than seven years of marriage.

“Almost eight years ago, when Michael and I said, ‘Yes, I do,’ we expected to share every day from then on,” Ashley said. “Unfortunately, that’s not our current reality. We’ve decided to break up.

The latest: The Real Housewives of Potomac star Ashley Darby, 33, announced Tuesday that she and husband Michael Darby, 62, are splitting in a statement. The couple was caught in 2018

“We are aware that there will be a lot of speculative opinions as to why we made this decision. People are quick to assume that the causes were too much of an intrusion of reality TV into the most personal parts of our lives, issues with age differences, cultural issues or differences in parenting.”

Ashley said the above factors may have influenced their “pure love for each other, but no one reason is the main cause of our mutual decision to go our separate ways.”

“We are now both in very different phases of our lives and have different goals for our future. We both want the other to achieve true happiness and fulfillment and feel we can’t do this together.”

The divorced couple, who married in May 2014, are parents to sons Dean Michael Darby, two, and Dylan Matthew Darby, one.

In an Instagram post with her statement, Ashley wrote that 'it's been almost 8 magical years' of the marriage

In an Instagram post with her statement, Ashley wrote that ‘it’s been almost 8 magical years’ of the marriage

The divorced couple, who married in May 2014, are parents to sons Dean Michael Darby, two, and Dylan Matthew Darby, one.

The divorced couple, who married in May 2014, are parents to sons Dean Michael Darby, two, and Dylan Matthew Darby, one.

“While our romantic bond is broken, we will always love and respect each other,” Ashley said. “We also know that true happiness can only be achieved by continuing to work together and wholeheartedly raising our two beautiful boys, Dean and Dylan.

“They will always feel loved and supported because they were truly created out of love. As this is a personal matter to us, we appreciate everyone who was part of our journey and ask to respect your continued support by us as we move through this emotional situation.”

In an Instagram post with her statement, Ashley wrote that “it’s been almost 8 magical years” of the marriage.

The pair met 11 years ago when she worked at the L2 Lounge in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC, and she asked him about an internship at his company, she told Bravo in 2016. She eventually asked him out when she got a job. with his company and less than a year later they were employed.

Michael, who is in the restaurant and real estate industry, was suspended from the Bravo show in September 2018 after being accused of groping him by a cameraman. He was charged with felony assault and felony inappropriate sexual conduct, but the charges were later dropped due to a lack of evidence.

Darby was flashed during a screening in Washington, DC on Saturday

Darby was flashed during a screening in Washington, DC on Saturday

Darby posed with RHOP co-star Mia Thornton at the event

Darby posed with RHOP co-star Mia Thornton at the event

Ashley has been a regular in the Bravo series since its debut in 2016

Ashley has been a regular in the Bravo series since its debut in 2016

Michael denied the charges, telling FOX 5 DC that he was “fully acquitted” and “fully acquitted” following an investigation by authorities.

“I didn’t do it,” he said, adding that a few witnesses his prosecutor named in the incident later said they hadn’t seen anything. “Obviously his side of the story wasn’t true.”

The series of events fueled a storyline on the fourth season of RHOP, as he is alleged to have made a sexually driven comment about cast member Robyn Dixon’s husband Juan Dixon, attended by Robyn, co-star Candiace Dillard-Bassett and husband Chris. basset.

Ashley dealt with other marital issues the couple faced — such as allegations of cheating raised during the show — as she spoke to E! News in February.

‘We have certainly had our share of problems’ [and] some of them have been very public,” she said. “Ultimately, I think it reminds myself that Michael is the person I spent my life with.

“So, if I can look at him and still love him, still care about him, forgive him and want to move on with him. Then I can’t be influenced by what other people say, because the reality is that they don’t live my life. They are not married to my husband. When I remember, it centers me and I’m like, “Yeah.” But it is certainly not easy.’

Michael, who is originally from Melbourne, Australia, was previously married for 20 years before splitting up in 2010, and fathered two children from that union.

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