EXCLUSIVE: ‘RHOP’ Star Ashley Darby Dishes About Her Husband’s Butt Grab Drama & Helping Her Mom Rebuild Her Life

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Ashley Darby is standing by her man! 

All About the Tea caught up with spunky restaurateur and star of The Real Housewives of Potomac, Ashley Darby and she exclusively dished about #ButtGate, RHOP friendships, and helping her mom rebuild her life. 

Michael Darby, 56, is Ashley‘s husband. Ashley, 29, met Michael when she was just 18-years-old. After four years of dating the pair married and at 22-years-old Ashley became stepmother to Michael’s then 21 and 24-year-old children.

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During a RHOP episode celebrating Charrisse Jordan Jackson’s birthday party, Michael grabbed Andrew’s butt during a dance. This butt grab quickly turned into tabloid fodder. In regards to the incident and her confrontation with Gizelle and Robyn, Ashley is standing firmly by her man.

“I totally support my husband and I don’t feel as though what he does is anyone else’s concern. I felt it wasn’t as innocent as it was made to seem and I addressed it as such.”

She continued: “I knew it happened, by the way.” Ashley laughs and continues, “My husband admitted it openly.” 

Ashley feels her costars are still trying to figure out her relationship with a much older Aussie man.

“I think they are still learning about Michael and me. We are very Atypical, we’re not a common relationship, so I think they’re still learning who we are and trying to get a feel for us overall. It’s just a process.”


According to Ashley‘s Bravo bio, she’s the oldest of her family, worked multiple jobs growing up to help support her single mother and siblings. Even when she went to college, Ashley reportedly continued to bartend on the side to keep both her and her family stable. 

Viewers got to experience Ashley help her mom, Sheila Matthews, rebuild her life after a series of financial setbacks. 

“She feels her story is not uncommon in America. And she wanted to have a platform to reach people who may be in a similar situation to her—to explain how she’s rebuilding her life —the steps she’s taken. She’s pretty remarkable and inspirational.”

Part 2 of The Real Housewives of Potomac reunion airs Sunday, April 17 at 8:00 pm ET on Bravo.

Additionally, the entire first season of The Real Housewives of Potomac will be available for people to catch-up on via Xfinity during Watchathon week, which begins Monday, April 18. Don’t miss it!


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