Ashley Jacobs confirmed that she and Thomas Ravenel have called it quits on Instagram Live on Wednesday, according to PEOPLE. “I don’t want to comment but there are just some things I’m trying to handle privately,” she said. “Before I say too much, I love Thomas and I’ll always love Thomas. I’ll always care about him.”
The Southern Charm couple first met in Ashley's home state of California in May 2017. She then moved to Charleston to be with Thomas in August of last year after the two started dating.
Now Ashley is focused on figuring out what the future holds for her. “I’m still trying to work it out, not work out getting back together, but I’m still trying to figure it out,” she said during the Instagram Live. “I think everyone’s been through breakups before but it’s hard. It’s not easy … Sometimes you just want to stay quiet and figure out what the next move in your life is going to be … I’m just trying to take care of myself the best way that I can.”
Ashley commemorated the one-year anniversary of her move to Charleston on Instagram earlier this month.
She also reflected on the past in a recent post on Instagram. "I am who I am today because of my failures. I am compassionate because I’ve failed. I am understanding because I’ve failed. I am more emotionally aware because I’ve failed. I’m smarter because I’ve failed. And I understand the values and beliefs of the things that matter in life because of those failures. So I would never take them back. I would never go back in time and change a single thing," she shared. "As C.S. Lewis stated so beautifully, 'You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.'"
When The Daily Dish caught up with Ashley in July, she confirmed that she was still working as a nurse in Charleston and that things were "going great" in her relationship with Thomas. "We’re stronger, you know, what doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger. I think that we are really the most raw that we have ever been with each other and cutting off all those layers and just getting to the heart of it, there’s been a lot of tears, anger, frustration, stress, sadness," she said. "He’s really been someone I can lean on, I can depend on, and he’s been a really good friend through it all."
Though the two were still talking about the possibility of marriage at the time, Ashley shared that they had also had conversations about a future in which they weren't together. "He’s said this before in the past that, 'These are your most precious years right now,' and he goes, 'I don’t want to take those away from you.' He knows marriage is so important to me, and I believe in that. So I tell him I think there’s something beautiful about belonging to somebody like that and wearing a ring, and that symbolizes that a person belongs to somebody. He loves that, and he’s all for it. He's very romantic," she told The Daily Dish. "But he did say to me the other day, he goes, 'If it didn't work out, I’d probably be the one that would say that I know I don’t want to keep these years from you and that I realize that I can’t be what you need, and I know that it’s going to hurt me more than it’s going to hurt you.' It just stings because if we don’t go down that path then I know he’s letting me go not because he wants to be this player or this playboy or that he doesn’t want to commit; it's just that he turns 56 in a few weeks. He's done a lot, and I haven't, so I think that that’s very unselfish of him."
Ashley opens up more about her relationship with Thomas, below.