‘RHOP’: How the Cast and Crew Feel About Michael and Ashley Darby’s Sexually Fluid Relationship

by Jeremy Spirogis
Michael Darby, Karen Huger, Ashley Darby, and Andy Cohen

The marriage between Michael and Ashley Darby is unconventional, to say the least. Besides their age distinction, the RHOP stars admit to experimenting with an open relationship. Ashley’s co-stars and the present’s producers don’t discover her admission shocking. 

Michael Darby, Karen Huger, Ashley Darby, and Andy Cohen
(l-r) Karen Huger, Michael Darby, Ashley Darby, Andy Cohen | Charles Sykes/Bravo

Ashley Darby and Michael Darby admit to having an open marriage

Ashley and Michael’s marriage has been a supply of competition and dialogue amongst the group since season one. Initially, individuals’s perception in Ashley marrying Michael was as a consequence of him being older and rich. But, Ashley insists it’s real love. Michael agrees, noting Ashley brings out a younger and enjoyable aspect to him.

The narrative of the Darby’s relationship started altering amid dishonest allegations. For a number of seasons, Michael has been accused of getting same-sex affairs, which each he and Ashley deny.

According to gossip, Michael has been seen on LGBTQ relationship websites, in addition to out with different males. In season 4, he was accused of groping a cameraman and was sued as a result. 

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During season 5, extra dishonest allegations took place. Photos of Michael in his boxers surfaced, alleging he spent the night with one other lady.

He was additionally accused of being overheard saying he has a boyfriend and a spouse. Michael admits to having intentions of spending time with the girl in query however claims he fell asleep drunk.

Following the dishonest scandal, Ashley admitted to her co-stars that she and Michael have had an open relationship and loved different companions collectively. She says that since having their son Dean, she is now not prepared to do such and prefers a monogamous marriage.

Ashley Darby’s co-star’s and producers of ‘RHOP’ don’t discover her open marriage shocking

Ashley says that as a result of Michael’s secret indiscretion grew to become public, she was extra inclined to talk overtly about their relationship dealings. She says speaking to her castmates about her and Michael’s rendezvous has been a giant reduction however says she dropped hints to them beforehand that they didn’t decide up on.

Her co-stars nonetheless say they don’t seem to be shocked. The subject was discussed throughout an episode of the RHOP After Show.

“I already knew that Ashley and Michael’s sex life and their relationship was not traditional, I just didn’t think that she was going to share it with the group,” Gizelle Bryant says. “That story was not shocking. That’s par for the course for the Darby’s.”

The present’s producer, Kemar Bassaragh, says realizing what he is aware of now concerning the Darby’s having an open relationship of kinds makes Ashley’s response and defenses of Michael’s indiscretions make extra sense to him. 

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“I always knew they were a fun-loving couple, I never knew the extent of their openness,” he says. “So when Ashley revealed that, I was like, Oh.”

Another producer, Josh Brown, agrees with Bassargh, saying, “I had never heard anything like that about Michael and Ashley before but when they said it, it clicked in for me as well, like, ‘OK, I see where they’re coming from.”

Robyn Dixon nonetheless feels the couple’s previous shared experiences with different companions and Michael’s evening at a resort room alone with one other lady are unrelated. She says if Ashley was not concerned, Michael’s conduct shouldn’t be excused.

RHOP airs Sunday nights on Bravo at 9 pm EST.

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