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When asked if there was anything she didn't get a chance to say at the reunion during an interview with The Daily Dish over the phone prior to the airing of Part 2, Ashley said that she wishes she had apologized to everyone for her behavior during the crew's Hilton Head Island trip. That vacation, of course, memorably saw Ashley get into a heated discussion with Kathryn C. Dennis.
In particular, Shep Rose's comment at the reunion that Ashley seemed to feel "emboldened" by her moment with Kathryn and the subsequent fallout during the trip struck a nerve with Ashley. "That’s not how I felt at all. I didn’t realize looking back that I made their trip uncomfortable. If I had a chance to apologize not just to Kathryn, but to Shep and Chelsea [Meissner] and Craig [Conover], you know, everyone else that was in this house that had to deal with me. In hindsight, I wish I would have said something sooner, I wish I would have apologized to everyone in that moment in that home, and I didn’t," she explained. "It didn’t occur to me that they were sort of hurt, too. And I ruined a memorable trip for them as well, so I feel bad for that, that I didn't apologize to them."
Ashley said that she has realized that she can be a little more direct and unfiltered than the rest of the Southern Charm crew. "I say what I think. I am very transparent. I am very open. I’m definitely not Southern; if I have an issue, you’re gonna hear it from me right now, and I am not going to walk away and talk about it behind your back," she explained. "I’ve just been doing so much in my life at a young age and worked with death and the dying for a long time. I just really learned to live in the moment, be in the moment, take chances, and speak from your heart, speak what’s on your mind, because you just never know if you’ll ever get another opportunity to do it."
However, Ashley said that she doesn't regret anything about her experience on Southern Charm this season. "This was definitely a learning experience for me, and I definitely would have done it over knowing I was so hated because I definitely learned a lot about myself. Even [when] I [am] on my deathbed, I won't regret [it]. 'I should have done it. What if I did it?' I never want to [wonder], 'What if?' That's why I moved to Charleston. If I didn't do it, I always would have wondered, 'What if?'" she shared. "Everything happens for a reason, like the choices you make in your life shape your future, they do, they shape the person you are today, and I think I am a lot stronger today because of it. I have no regrets, of course, and sometimes I do have to learn to be a better person. In order to be better, you have to do better, so I have learned a lot."
See what Ashley had to say right after this season's Southern Charm reunion, below.
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