Ashley Darby’s relationships are always in the headlines but this time around there are rumors of an affair which comes as a surprise as it happens with another Bravo star. Summer House graduate Luke Gulbranson recently revealed he’s interested in Ashley on the Summer House panel at BravoCon 2022. Having a public relationship comes naturally for the The Real Housewives of Potomac star, as her marriage to Michael Darby has often been the focus of talks, including allegations of cheating, since her introduction to the franchise in 2016.
Ashley announced her divorce after eight “magical” years. The “The Real Housewives of Potomac” star shared the news on Instagram in April, but also opened up about the fact that despite their split, she and Michael have nothing but love for each other. “We have decided to separate,” she told Bravo’s Daily Dish in a statement. “People will quickly assume that the causes were reality TV’s over-intrusion into the most personal parts of our lives, age differences, cultural issues, or differences in child-rearing. Some of this may have influenced our pure love for one another, but no single reason is the root cause of our collective decision to go our separate ways.”
Ashley is co-parent with Michael to their two children, Dylan and Dean; However, that’s not enough to stop her from venturing into another romance with Gulbranson. According to a reporter from The List, Gulbranson and Ashley spread rumors of a possible romance during their time at BravoConn 2022.
Ashley Darby and Luke Gulbranson exchanged numbers
Ashley Darby smiled at BravoCon 2022 and we can only assume it’s partly down to a new love interest. During the “Potomac Takes Manhattan” panel hosted by Gia Peppers, fans were keen to learn more about her rumored flame. In fact, the crowd started yelling at her “Luke” — as in Luke Gulbranson — while discussing her breakup with Michael Darby.
Her castmate Candiace Dillard-Bassett then said, “We want Luke, Ashley!” to which Ashley replied, “I mean, so do I, so it’s good.” Ashley remained silent for most of their interaction, playing coy about the dating rumors floating around. However, the Say Yes to the Dress alumna later confirmed that she and Gulbranson “went to the After Dark party last night and had a really fun time.” Before fans asked for more details, Ashley wrapped it up by saying, “A girl doesn’t kiss and tell.”
The Bravo personality is open to dating again, although it’s a completely “different time” as she hasn’t been in the romance pool since she started dating Michael more than a decade ago. “We exchanged numbers. So we text and just talk,” the RHOP star later revealed to Us Weekly of Gulbranson. “But you know, we’ll see. He’s a really nice guy and he’s very sweet. That helps a lot.” While the couple haven’t defined the relationship, neither of them deny that sparks exist.