It’s safe to say that Ashley Darby and Michael Darby’s relationship has made a splash on Bravo since The Real Housewives of the Potomac debuted. The franchise premiered in Maryland in 2016, less than two years after Ashley’s marriage to Michael. Her colleagues were quick to question their union, since Ashley is 29 years younger than her husband. In the series’ second season, the couple struggled to get their bearings as they opened their Oz restaurant.
“Michael and I have such a difference in age. He is 29 years older than me. And she’s got so much experience in the business that I think she forgets that I’m not necessarily all these years,” Ashley told The Daily Dish in 2017. confident and self-confident, when in fact I am still floating on a tightrope.
Still learning on the go. And yes, I will definitely make mistakes. So getting into this role of being in charge of people’s livelihoods and having budgets with a lot more zeros has been an enlightening experience for me to say the least, so it creates some challenges for me and Michael and we really got us thinking about why we are did it.
We didn’t go to this restaurant to tear ourselves apart; we did it to unite. “During the RHOP season 2 reunion that aired in July 2017, Ashley revealed that she left with Michael when they were spending time apart.” She is 20 years old,” Michael said during the episode. feeling who is walking in his life and his evolving future. And I’m at my age, coming to the end of my career, looking at all sorts of things that are very different from some of the things I’m looking for.”
A few months after their initial separation, they reconciled and went on to welcome two children, Dean (born July 2019) and Dylan (March 2021). Things didn’t go well, however, as Ashley admitted the pair had an unconventional marriage and Michael was accused of sexually harassing the Bravo photographer, which he denies. The pair have officially decided to wrap up before RHOP’s seventh season premiere, with Ashley announcing her split after “nearly 8 magical years” of marriage.
“We have decided to separate. We are aware that there will be many speculative views as to why we have made this decision,” she said in a statement in April 2022. “People will be quick to assume that the causes were too much intrusion by reality TV into the most personal parts of our lives, age gap issues, cultural problems, or child-rearing differences. Pieces of all these may have affected our pure love for each other, but no one reason is the root cause of our mutual decision to go our separate ways.”