Ashley Darby of The Real Housewives of Potomac has confirmed that she and her husband, Michael Darby have separated. The reality tv star went on social media to release a formal statement about the separation. “Almost eight years ago, when Michael and I said ‘I do’, we anticipated sharing every single day together from that moment forward. Unfortunately, that is not our current reality. We have decided to separate. We are aware that there will be many speculative views as to why we have made this decision. People will be quick to assume that the causes were too much intrusion by reality TV into the most personal parts of our lives, age gap issues, cultural problems, or child-rearing differences,” she wrote. She continued, “Pieces of all these may have affected our pure love for each other, but no one reason is the root cause of our mutual decision to go our separate ways. We are now both at very different stages in our lives and have different goals for our futures. We both want the other to achieve true happiness and fulfillment and feel that we cannot do this together.” Darby added to her statement, “While our romantic bond is broken, we will always love and respect each other. We also know that true happiness can only be achieved by continuing to work together and putting our hearts and souls into raising our two beautiful boys, Dean and Dylan. They will always feel loved and supported, for they were truly created out of love. As this is a personal matter for us, we appreciate everyone who has been a part of our journey and ask for your continued support by respecting us as we go through this emotional situation.” Fans were introduced to Ashely and Michael Darby on the first season of Real Housewives of Potomac where viewers witnessed the ups and downs that their relationship took. They also witness the birth of their two sons. We wish them the best.