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Ashley Darby's Mother Told Her That Watching Herself on The Real Housewives of Potomac Has Been "Incredibly Eye-Opening"

"I  anticipated  that  my  mom  would  be  angry  at  me  and  that  she  would  stop  talking  to  me," Ashley admitted.

By Hannah Fusaro
Ashley's Mother Hits her Breaking Point

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Ashley Darby's relationship with her mother, Sheila, has been a point of contention for her and her husband, Michael Darby, with whom she recently reconciled after a separation last year. Michael told Ashley he needed to stop providing financial support to her mother and criticized their relationship. The Real Housewives of Potomac friend also had issues with her mother's longtime boyfriend. With all these issues playing out on TV, watching scenes back can be difficult.

“It’s been  pretty  rough  for  us," Ashley admitted to The Daily Dish podcast. "I  anticipated  that  my  mom  would  be  angry  at  me  and  that  she  would  stop  talking  to  me.  Thankfully  she  said,  'That’s  where  we  were. That  was  a  very  raw  and  true  showcase  of  what  was  going  on  between  us. So I'm not mad that we shared it; it still really hurts me.' She  was  crying  about  it  because  it  takes  us  right  back  to  that  moment  but she's not   angry.” 

Ashley shared that her mom told her that watching herself on the show has been "incredibly eye-opening." "She even told me that her boyfriend, who I've talked about openly on the show, said to her, 'I didn't know that I was that bad.' So that moment of reflection to me meant a lot because it hurts me that it had to be this public in order for him to take heed to it, but then I was just happy that he did. I'm like, 'Yes, we haven't gotten along for almost 16 years, but the fact that you even made that comment and had that level of self awareness, it kind of made up for some of the other feelings that I'm having about telling my story.'"

Whatever issues Ashley and her mom may have dealt with in the past, the RHOP friend makes it clear that she is loyal to and loves her mom. "Now some of these trolls online, however, who want to attack my mom and call her names: 'alcoholic,' 'drug addict,' 'freeloader,' this and that. I'm like, 'Woah, you can say what you want about me, 'Cletus,' but do not come for my mother.' That's where the line is drawn."

Ashley also discussed her current relationships with her fellow 'Wives; hear that and more in the podcast episode above.

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