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Ashley took to Instagram Wednesday to post an apology "to all the Southern Charm fans, in general" and "to Kathryn, in particular." "I owe you all an apology. I'd like to apologize for how I treated Kathryn, and how badly I disrespected her," the note began. "I'm not sure what made me think it was OK to speak to a mother that way. It wasn't. It was not my place to say anything at all, much less the reckless comments I made. I crossed a line and hurt people who don't deserve it."
Southern Charm fans watched Ashley and Kathryn clash this season as Ashley began a new relationship with Kathryn's ex, Thomas Ravenel. The ladies often exchanged words over everything from Thomas to Kathryn's parenting.
Ashley's note comes about a week after she confirmed that she and Thomas have decided to call it quits after about a year of dating.
Ashley continued her apology on Instagram by sharing how she has recently become more enlightened about what it's like to be a parent. "After many chats with my friends and family with children, I never understood the unbreakable bond a parent has with their child. I can listen and learn and be far more respectful in the future but until I'm blessed with a child I can never truly understand the sacrifices a parent makes on behalf of their children. Some children may not truly get it until they have their own baby," she wrote. "It makes me feel horrible that I may have taken my own parents for granted and thus I've learned a tremendous lesson from all the good parents out there."
She concluded the note, "I can't rightfully describe how sorry I am, but I'd never forgive myself if I didn't at least try."
Ashley previously expressed during this season's Southern Charm reunion that she was sorry for speaking about Kathryn in the way she did this season, but she wasn't sorry for how she felt about her. "I’m not apologizing for saying what was on my heart," she told The Daily Dish after filming the reunion. "Or what I believed to be true."
At the time, Ashley still had hope that she and Kathryn could work out their issues. "I’d like to sit down and speak to her. And I know she’s gonna say I’m crazy, and that’s not true," she said. "I guess I just want to be heard, and I guess I was just hoping that she would just take some accountability for some of the things because there are some things that I do see in my private life that I don’t need to hear from Kathryn that I know are right, and I don’t want to get into that because I know that’s what got me into trouble the first time."
It appears that Kathryn has not yet publicly responded to Ashley's apology. However, she vowed that she would never accept an apology from Ashley during the Southern Charm After Show (clip below), which was filmed prior to this season's reunion. "It's been five months or so since the last time she's spoken to me. Not a single apology, not an acknowledgment of anything at all, and to me that just signals someone who's not here for the right reasons or gives a sh-- about our family," Kathryn said. "She doesn't care about the children if she's not even trying to have any type of relationship with me. In my opinion, everything she's said to me thus far, she clearly stands by, and it's unforgivable."
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