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BravoCon 2023 The Real Housewives of Potomac

Ashley Darby Opens Up About Her "Really Fun Time" with Luke Gulbranson

After hanging together at BravoCon 2022, the RHOP cast member shared details about a potential romance. 

By Abby Feiner

On the October 9 episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Ashley Darby hinted that she might be interested in a "hookup" with Luke Gulbranson and noted she thinks the Winter House cast member is "hot." When Andy volunteered to set the two up, Ashley declared, "I'll report back after BravoCon." Well, after a "fun" night with Luke on October 15, The Real Housewives of Potomac cast member had some news to share a bit earlier than expected.

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At the October 15 BravoCon After Dark event presented by Bud Light Seltzer, Ashely and Luke were spotted hanging out. So, naturally, at the "Potomac Takes Manhattan" panel the next day, an audience member pressed Ashley for details. 

"We actually went to the After Dark party last night, had a really fun time," Ashley shared. "Turns out we have a lot of common interests like we both like horseback riding and hiking."

"A girl don't kiss and tell babe," she continued. "Can I plead the fifth?"

In a separate conversation with Daryn Carp at the BravoTV.com digital interview stage, Ashley revealed that her night with Luke included a "really embarrassing" moment. "I was like, 'Are we friends, or are we friends friends?'" Ashley shared, explaining that after "over 10 years" with Michael Darby before their recent separation, talking to men feels "a little foreign" to her. So, how did Luke respond to the question? "He laughed at me. In my face. Because I looked like an idiot," Ashley admitted. "Who says that?" 

"He's a sweet guy. He's very nice," she added. When asked what she wants to happen between her and Luke in the future, Ashley shared, "We're just getting to know each other." However, she noted with a laugh, "If I fell on something, I wouldn't be sad." 

Luke also hinted at his interest in Ashley during the "Summer House in Autumn" panel that took place in the morning on October 15, prior to their night out together at BravoCon After Dark. During the panel (presented by Bubly), all of the Summer House and Winter House cast members on stage were asked who from other Bravo franchises they would like to add to their vacation house. Luke grinned as he answered, "It'd be kinda fun to have Ashley Darby." 

Watch The Real Housewives of Potomac on Bravo Sundays at 8/7c and the next day on Peacock. Catch up on the Bravo app.

—Additional reporting by Christopher Rosa

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