Make it work?
During part 2 of the Real Housewives of Potomac reunion, Ashley Darby dropped a bombshell: “Michael and I have decided to part ways and live separately.”
The 29-year-old Housewife revealed that she had moved out of her home with Michael Darby three months prior.
“Just to trial and see if maybe some time apart would bring us back together. I don’t really believe in being a situation where both people are unhappy without trying to rectify it.”
So, what pushed Ashley to move out?
While some may blame the couple’s struggling restaurant, Micahel and Ashley both agree that there’s much more to it.
“No, we got into a situation where we didn’t feel like we were communicating. Whether it was a trust issue or just a communication issue, we didn’t feel like we were communicating in a way that two people should at this stage in our relationship,” Michael said.
Ashley weighed in, “I just didn’t feel valuable, I didn’t feel like what I was doing was a positive contribution. When in actuality, I think I was really insecure about having a business at 28-years-old, and I took that out on Michael quite a bit.”
Another stressor for the couple was family pressure, specifically Ashley’s mom who Michael supports financially.
“My family does bring a lot into this relationship, with my mom, and helping her financially,” Ashley revealed.
However, Michael also points some of the blame at Gizelle Bryant, Robyn Dixon, and Charrisse Jackson Jordan; claiming that they “did not help matters.”
Michael says the age difference between him and Ashley could also be to blame.“She’s in her twenties; she’s feeling out who she is, going into her evolving life and future. And I’m at my age, coming through the end of my career, looking to all kinds of things that are very different than what she’s looking for.”
So, is it over for these two?
Ashley says she’s recently come to a crucial decision,“It was really almost two weeks ago that I had the epiphany that I don’t want a divorce…I want to get back together, but I’m only 50 percent, Michael has to be on the same page as me.”
Meanwhile, Michael confirmed he’s willing to try as well, “I would like to solve this problem, I actually really like being with you a lot. “
The only thing clear for now is that these two have a lot of work ahead of them.
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