Ashley Darby pays tribute to estranged husband Michael on Father’s Day

Ashley Darby still has some love for her estranged husband, Michael Darby.

The “Real Housewives of Potomac” star, who announced the couple’s separation in April, took a moment on Father’s Day to pay tribute to the wealthy Australian businessman with a sweet Instagram post.

“I’m so grateful for the father you are to these two incredible boys,” Ashley, 34, captioned a photo of Michael, 62, posing with the couple’s sons, Dean, who turns 3 next month, and Dylan. , 1.

“The way your eyes light up when you see them really touches me. Happy Father’s Day, Mickey!”

Bravo fans and beyond praised the reality star for publicly praising the father of her children, despite any feelings she might have for him prior to their impending divorce.

“You are the definition of putting your children first. This is so beautiful ❤️,” one commenter replied, while another added, “I love how you guys can still give each other credit. 👏👏 #co-parenting.”

A third commented, “I like it when people can act like grown people,” while another predicted that “those guys will be just fine” because “this kind of energy is the goal.”

Michael Darby and Ashley Darby pose with their two sons and Michael's son from a previous relationship.
The estranged couple shares sons Dean, 2, and Dylan, 1. Michael also has two older children from his previous marriage.
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Given their history and her statement about the breakup, Ashley – who is 29 years younger than Michael – seems to be the one who pulled the plug on the relationship.

“Almost eight years ago, when Michael and I said ‘I do,’ we expected to share every day from then on,” she previously told Bravo’s “The Daily Dish.”

“Unfortunately, that is not our current reality. We have decided to part ways.”

Ashley Darby at the premiere of "Karen's Grande Dame Reunion Special"
“I am so grateful to you for being the father you are to these two incredible boys,” she gushed.
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Ashley went on to say that she and Michael are “aware that there will be a lot of speculative opinions as to why” they called it quits.

“People are quick to assume that the causes were too much of reality TV’s interference in the most personal parts of our lives, issues with age differences, cultural issues or differences in parenting,” she said, admitting that “parts of all these may have influenced our pure love for each other, but no reason is the main cause of our mutual decision to go our separate ways.”

Ashley explained that she and Michael were just in “very different stages” of their lives and had “very different goals” for their future.

“We both want the other to achieve true happiness and fulfillment and feel we can’t do this together.”

Wendy Osefo, Robyn Dixon, Candiace Dillard, Karen Huger, Gizelle Bryant, Ashley Darby and Monique Samuels pose for a Bravo promo shoot.
The Darbys’ marital problems have been documented in “The Real Housewives of Potomac” since 2016.
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The Darbys tied the knot in May 2014 and have been on “RHOP” since the show premiered in January 2016.

Things took a wild turn in 2018 when a cameraman accused Michael of groping him during filming for season 4. Michael was subsequently beaten with aggravated assault and felony for inappropriate sexual contact over the incident, but they were later withdrawn.

His time on “RHOP” has also been riddled with accusations of cheating and uncomfortably flirtatious comments towards some of the ladies’ husbands and boyfriends.

Ashley Darby poses for a photo before "Watch live what's happening."
Ashley announced in April that she was separating.
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During Season 5, Ashley revealed that she and Michael had a prenuptial agreement that “expires after five years of marriage.” As the cameras rolled, she approached him with a prenuptial agreement, explaining in a confessional: “Now, in the event of a divorce, I will receive 50 percent of our assets.”

“I think it would be good for us to have a prenup, because a marriage would outline the things I was guaranteed to get – no arguing, no contesting – and essentially speed up the process in the case of a divorce. .”

Michael said at the time that he was open to looking at the papers.

“I want to make sure you’re happy and that I’m taking care of you properly,” he told Ashley. “I think that’s important now.”

As of October 2020, the proposal had not yet been signed; However, Ashely bragged about getting “paid” just six hours before announcing their split.

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