The cast gathered to celebrate the season at Robyn Dixon’s holiday party and pulled out all the stops with their festive attire.
Ashley shared her thoughts about Michael’s interaction with Eddie during a recent appearance on Watch What Happens Live.
“My husband has no shame in telling someone if they’re attractive. I feel like there’s just so much homophobia, and it’s just a toxic environment for anyone to express any sort of opinion about an appearance,” Ashley said. “Quite frankly, I love that my husband is comfortable in his skin to do that.”
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The event later went sideways, after Michael got into a confrontation with Candiace Dillard-Bassett’s husband, Chris Bassett.
Ashley addressed Michael’s altercation with Chris, explaining that it was a long time coming.
“Michael, first of all, does not regret his actions. He feels as though maybe things were blown a little bit out of proportion,” she explained. “But ultimately, Michael has had a really strong opinion about Candiace and Chris, mainly because Candiace and Chris have had a really strong opinion about him, and it all just culminated that night.”
The Bravo cast rehashed the finale drama during the Real Housewives of Potomac After Show, where Candiace shared that she was surprised by her husband’s behavior.
“My husband doesn’t get upset. He doesn’t get angry. He’s not agitated easily, unless he’s talking to me because, you know, I’m his wife. But just outside of me, he doesn’t get perturbed easily. When I saw his face, I knew. I didn’t even know what happened, but I was upset for him because it’s like who is messing with my man?” Candiace recalled. “And I get to him, and then I realized what was going on, and then it’s like, OK, Michael F–king Darby, you can’t get right. You just can’t get right.”
Ashley explained her own reaction to the filmed husband disruption.
“When I heard commotion and I heard someone say ‘Michael,’ when I say a fight or flight response kicked in, I wanted to jump across that booth and get involved in whatever was going on. And at that time, I didn’t care who it was. I didn’t care if Michael was getting into a fight with Juan, I didn’t care, he could have been fighting Chris Samuels, I would have put myself in there,” she explained.
She continued, “That liquid courage, it comes about every now and again, but it was very strong right then because now that Michael is more than my husband, he’s also the father of my son, I’m super protective of him now.”
Ashley was clearly furious with her husband as the drama-filled evening played out — but that didn’t stop the couple from jetting to the Bahamas for a family vacation with their son, the next day.