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

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

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

‘Almost eight years ago, when Michael and I said ‘I do’, we anticipated sharing every day together from then onwards,” Ashley said. ‘Unfortunately, that is not our current reality. We have decided to go our separate ways.

Latest: The Real Housewives of Potomac star Ashley Darby, 33, announced she and husband Michael Darby, 62, separated in a statement on Tuesday.  The couple was photographed in 2018

Latest: The Real Housewives of Potomac star Ashley Darby, 33, announced she and husband Michael Darby, 62, separated in a statement on Tuesday. The couple was photographed in 2018

“We realized that there would be a lot of speculative views on why we made this decision. People would quickly assume that the cause was too much reality TV intrusion into the most private parts of our lives, age differences, cultural issues, or parenting differences.’

Ashley said the above-mentioned factors may have influenced their ‘pure love for one another, but not a single reason was the root cause of our mutual decision to separate.

“We are now at a very different stage in our lives and have different goals for our future. We both want the other to achieve true happiness and contentment and feel that we can’t do this together.’

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

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

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

“While our romantic bond was 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 putting our hearts and souls into 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 for us, we appreciate everyone who has been a part of our journey and ask for your continued support by honoring us as we go through this emotional situation.’

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

The pair originally met 11 years ago while he was working at the L2 Lounge in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC, and she asked him about exploring an internship at his company, he told Bravo in 2016. He finally asked her out when he landed a position with her company and they got engaged less than a year later.

Michael, who is in the restaurant and real estate business, was in September 2018 suspended from the Bravo show after he was accused by cameramen of groping him. He was charged with felony assault and misdemeanor sexual misconduct, but the charges were later dropped due to lack of evidence.

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 his debut in 2016

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

Michael denied the allegations, telling FOX 5 DC that he was ‘absolutely acquitted’ and ‘completely cleared’ following an investigation by authorities.

“I didn’t,” he said, adding that a pair of witnesses he named in the incident later said they saw nothing. “Obviously that side of the story isn’t true.”

A series of events created for the storyline in RHOP’s fourth season, as he is alleged to have made sexually-driven statements about cast member Robyn Dixon’s husband, Juan Dixon, witnessed by Robyn, co-star Candiace Dillard-Bassett and husband Chris Bassett.

Ashley discussed other marital issues the couple faced – such as the cheating allegations raised on the show – during a talk with E! News in February.

‘We definitely have our share of problems [and] some of them have been very common,’ he said. “In the end, I think it reminded myself that Michael is the person I chose to spend my life with.

‘So if I can look at him and still love him, still care for him, forgive him and want to be with him. That’s when I can’t let what other people say affect me, because the truth is they’re not living my life. They are not married to my husband. When I remember it, it centers me and I’m like, “Yeah.” But it’s certainly not an easy thing.’

Michael, who is from Melbourne, Australia, had been married for 20 years before separating in 2010, and is the father of two children from the marriage.

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