When we first saw Candiace receive the texts in the September 6 episode of RHOP, she described who sent the information to her. "The woman who texted me is a very good friend of mine. She works at an establishment where she has a friend, who witnessed Michael asking random women to come back to his hotel with him," Candiace said in an interview during the episode. "I've had enough drama with Ashley, with the Darbys as a whole, I don't want this."
Gizelle Bryant reiterated that the texts came from one of Candiace's friends as the two relayed the information to Ashley in the September 13 episode of RHOP (clip above). Ashley appeared calm and receptive to the information as she read the texts that night.
However, Ashley said that she had some doubts about Candiace's source while looking back on the moment during her appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen: @ Home on September 13.
"I personally think that Candiace got this from someone on social media, and it translated to a text message, because as the story unfolds, she gives more information about how she knows this person, and it's just a little far-fetched for me," Ashley said in the below clip.
Candiace responded to Ashley's claims and confirmed that the texts did come from "a friend that I knew and trusted" in a statement to The Daily Dish. “Firstly, I don’t text with bloggers. I can absolutely admit that the way that I received the information about Michael’s behavior was stranger than fiction, especially because of the timing. To this day, I can’t believe the chain of events," she said. "But if this information didn’t come from a friend that I knew and trusted, I would not have shared it.”
Still, Ashley said on WWHL: @ Home that she appreciated how Candiace handled the situation for the most part. "In hindsight, I would have appreciated if she had approached me with the information prior to going to Gizelle, considering the fact that we were rebuilding our friendship," Ashley said. "But ultimately, she didn't seem shady, she wasn't catty, and I think she approached it in the right way finally."
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