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Gizelle Bryant and Karen Huger Share Their Reactions to the News of Ashley Darby’s Separation

The RHOP cast members opened up about Ashley and Michael Darby’s marriage ending.

By Jocelyn Vena
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Ashley Darby is feeling the love from Gizelle Bryant and Karen Huger following the news confirmed last month that she’s ending her marriage to Michael Darby. The Real Housewives of Potomac cast members recently shared their support for Ashley when speaking with The Daily Dish at the NBCUniversal upfront last week, where they revealed their reactions to the news.

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“I just want Ashley to be happy,” Karen said, adding, “And yes, I’ve given her advice.”

Since announcing the split, Ashley has posted several updates as well as fashionable photos to Instagram, taking fans inside this next chapter of her life. And it seems her friends have taken notice. “Ashley’s looking good these days. She seems very happy, so we’re happy for her,” Gizelle said, offering an update on how her pal is doing more recently.

Ashley confirmed her split from Michael back in April. They were married for almost a decade, and together they are parents to sons Dean and Dylan. Ashley reflected on their decision to end their marriage in a statement to The Daily Dish last month.

“Almost eight years ago, when Michael and I said ‘I do,’ we anticipated sharing every single day together from that moment forward. Unfortunately, that is not our current reality. We have decided to separate. We are aware that there will be many speculative views as to why we have made this decision. 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,” she said. “We are now both at very different stages in our lives and have different goals for our futures. We both want the other to achieve true happiness and fulfillment and feel that we cannot do this together.”

Her statement continued, “While our romantic bond is broken, we will always love and respect each other. 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, for 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 respecting us as we go through this emotional situation.”

— Additional reporting by Alexandra Darwick

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