On its own, this conversation may be innocent enough, but coupled it with allegations about Michael, and you’ve got a situation ripe for speculation and innuendo. One thing is for sure, opinions about Michael will affect the dynamic between Ashley and the other Real Housewives of Potomac this season.
Ashley broached the subject in her blog. She wrote, “it feels really silly to need to address this, but for some reason my husband is commonly misunderstood.”
Actually, it seems perfectly reasonable to explain the intention behind Michael’s words. He did have sexual assault charges filed against him. Though the charges were dropped, Bravo producers are milking the incident by airing this kind of footage.
Ashley described her husband as a fitness fanatic. She wrote, “Michael is a man who prides himself on his appearance. He cycles hundreds of miles, kiteboards, surfs, play golf, lifts weights, hikes- you name it! Physicality and sport are two of his favorite things and he talks about them frequently.”
Ashley then explained that the recipient of Michael’s compliment is not a stranger to him. She wrote, “when he is speaking to our family friend about his physique, Michael compliments himself and also the person he’s speaking to in a way that was genuine and complimentary.”
Then the confidence card is put on the table. Ashley said, “for it to be taken any other way is very small minded.”
She wrote, “Michael speaks his mind and will pay a compliment where it’s appropriate. He’s a confident man who is comfortable in his own skin (and has experienced enough to earn that). That may be hard for some people to understand, but that’s who he is.”
Ashley continued, “the way others try to twist and tangle that narrative for their own gain is their prerogative.”
Subsequently, Ashley declared that this “only reflects on them.”
Perhaps if this was an isolated incident, Ashley wouldn’t have quite as much explaining to do. Michael was also filmed joking about “grabbing” Ray Huger’s “butt” while speaking with Juan Dixon. Did anyone else think Robyn Dixon seemed very uncomfortable when Michael asked her husband’s whereabouts at the party? Well, things are likely to get a whole lot more uncomfortable as the season progresses.
TELL US-WHAT DO YOU THINK OF MICHEAL’S COMMENTS AT THE PARTY? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF ASHLEY’S EXPLANATION?
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