Ashley Darby

Ashley Darby made her Real Housewives of Potomac debut this week.

Ashley‘s first impression of Gizelle Bryant, “My initial reaction was, Are the Jacksons missing a sister? Hee-hee! Go on girl! I love to see attractive people at any time and place, especially when Sip with Socialites is raising money for a good cause (on the real, eye candy helps loosen up the purse strings).”

Ashley wasn’t as impressed by Gizelle‘s attitude as she was Gizelle’s looks.

“Gizelle needs to stop using (the few) words she understands in rap songs, and act like a middle aged woman with daughters. I despise the word hoe,” Ashley said about Gizelle calling her a THOT. “If anything it creates a division between women by implying that our value is determined by our sexuality. #ByeFelicia”


Defending her dancing, Ashley said, “I am a happily married woman who loves to have fun, so when I see someone with a sour face I’m going to do something goofy to lighten the mood. In this case, it was dancing with Robyn Dixon. Keep on hatin’ because even with the shade, I’ll still find the sun.”

About her marriage, Ashley said she met her husband, Michael Darby, when she was 22 and he was 51. “At the time, I was working at night, going to school during the day, and enjoying my youth 24/7,” she admitted. “I was talking to my manager in the main office when I watched Michael walk in on the security camera. Sweet baby Cleatus! Even with a blurry, black and white picture, I was hooked. Love at first sight is real, y’all!”

“There was never any confusion about his age – I knew Michael wasn’t a young stallion, but he has this je ne sais quoi quality about him,” gushed Ashley. “When I (nervously) approached him I couldn’t say, ‘You should wife me up,’ so I asked about a marketing internship at his company. After a few months, I gathered up the courage to ask him out for a real drink and that’s all she wrote! Moral of the story: trust your gut and go for what you want.”

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Ashley went on to say that she understands her marriage isn’t traditional and she expects questions, but she made it be known that Gizelle doesn’t need to worry about their, um, connection. 😉

“My relationship with Michael is anything but traditional, so I am not surprised that weaves shift when I talk about it. There’s a 29 year age difference, we hail from different continents, we are different races, AND we have polar political views. Patti Stanger would certainly never match us, but our common views on love and life create a strong underlying foundation in our marriage.”

Ashley continued, “The icing on our heart-shaped cake is a shared passion for adventure. For our honeymoon, we trekked Mt. Kilimanjaro which tested our relationship in a whole new way. Don’t fret – the romance never died, we joined the (15) mile high club. With those endorphins, who needs Viagra?!”

Personally, I like Ashley‘s energy. I look forward to getting to know her better. I hope that Ashley and Gizelle get on the same page, though, because I liked Gizelle last week. This week, I, too, was turned off by her judgement of Ashley.


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