The Potomac, Maryland chapter of the Real Housewives franchise is just as full of drama as its sister shows. Now in its fifth season running, the reality tv series has garnered quite a bit of loyal fan following. One of the housewives is Ashley Darby, age 32, born and raised in Maryland.
Ashley’s husband is Michael Darby, a native of the land down under. Originally hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Michael moved to the United States in the 1980s to make a name for himself. He is a real estate mogul and wife Ashley’s senior in age by 29 years. They met at a club where Michael was co-owner and Ashley was the bartender. Ashley saw him on the security monitors and felt an immediate attraction. They started dating soon after and got married in 2014. They have been a part of RHOP (‘Real Housewives of Potomac‘) since Season 1 premiered in 2016.
Ashley and Michael Darby’s RHOP Journey
The viewers have seen their relationship evolve and weather many a storm over the course of the past four seasons. From opening a restaurant together and struggling to break even on it to shutting it down after a couple of years so as to focus on starting a family, fans of the show saw Ashley and Michael somehow managing to stay together despite many differences.
Ashley and Michael’s age gap was also a factor in causing differences of opinion while they tried to successfully run their restaurant “OZ”. Ashley felt that sometimes Michael forgot that she does not have the same years in experience in running businesses as he does.
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Dearest friends, Michael and I greatly appreciate the support of Oz that we have received over the last 4 years. After much consideration and discussion, we have decided to close the restaurant as we grow our family & pursue other business ventures. With the rapid changes happening in our lives, we cannot give Oz the proper time and commitment it deserves. We will always be grateful for the incredible team who puts so much commitment into making Oz a neighborhood hangout, and the great patrons who spent time laughing and eating with us. There really is no business like hospitality. We will be serving our final extended brunch on Sunday, 6/30. Provided Baby D does not decide to make his arrival before then (or on that day), Michael and I would appreciate you joining us. Thank you for a great 4 years! ❤️ #rhop #ashleydarby #ozarlington
Eventually, they decided to shut down the restaurant in favor of focusing on building a family together as they both wanted to have kids. Even that was a tough road with a lot of bumps along the way as Michael wasn’t sure if he wanted more kids (he already has two grown kids from his first marriage). When they did get pregnant the first time around, Ashley suffered a miscarriage, unfortunately.
They finally became parents last year in 2019 when they welcomed their son Dean.
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What a magical day 🥰 Our sweet Dean turned 1 today, and we were so blessed to spend time with our loving family. Thank you all for sending us well wishes – this child is the most incredible human Michael and I could’ve been blessed to guide. Happy 1st birthday Deano! 🎉🎉 #DeanMichaelDarby #rhop #sweetbaby #1stbirthday
All the baby drama is not all Ashley and Michael had to contend with, though. In September 2018, Michael was charged with sexually assaulting a producer on the show. He was accused of grabbing the crew member’s bottom while giving him a suggestive look. Some cast members allegedly witnessed the whole incident but the charges were later dropped due to lack of evidence. Ashley stood by her man all through the ordeal and they both felt vindicated when the charges were dropped.
Are Ashley and Michael Darby Still Together?
Yes, they are very much still together, raising their child Dean as a happy family. Ashley has said that it is very rewarding to see Michael spend so much time with baby Dean and giving him all the attention as a father should. Apparently, Ashley didn’t know what to expect since her own father had been absent always. But she says that between the two of them, Michael is Dean’s favorite parent.
Season 5 of RHOP reportedly has some more ups and downs in store for the couple. In a teaser of the new season, it looked like a revelation about Michael comes to light. Fans believe that Michael has cheated on Ashley and it certainly looks like Michael is confessing.
Even though Ashley and Michael are still together, despite having it all revealed while shooting for Season 5, neither of them are looking forward to seeing it again. Ashley said that while they are trying to move on from whatever happened and trying to forgive and forget, it will be difficult having to watch it again and reliving the horror. Ashley admits that marriage is a lot of work and this is something they both agree they want to work on.
Well, whatever happens, Ashley and Michael have so far proved to be quite the resilient couple and we hope they stay together and pass the test of time.
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