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RHOP's Ashley Darby Admits There Was a 'Final Straw' That Ended Her Relationship with Luke Gulbranson

Though the pair ultimately "just sort of grew apart," the 'Real Housewives of Potomac' star noted that her "situation is complicated" due to her previous relationship with husband Michael Darby

Charles Sykes/Bravo via Getty Images; Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images Ashley Darby and Luke Gulbranson
Charles Sykes/Bravo via Getty Images; Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images Ashley Darby and Luke Gulbranson

Ashley Boalch Darby is reflecting on the end of her relationship with Luke Gulbranson.

The Real Housewives of Potomac star, 35, admitted that the pair “just sort of grew apart” before calling it quits after less than three months of dating.

“My situation is complicated. My stuff with my previous partner has gotten better but at that time, [it] was really bad,” she said on Page Six’s Virtual Reali-Tea podcast, referring to her ex Michael Darby.

Lexie Moreland/WWD/Getty Ashley Darby
Lexie Moreland/WWD/Getty Ashley Darby

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“He stuck out through a lot of it,” she added of the Summer House alum. “And I commend him but there was a final straw that we decided to keep between us. And I respect that.”

Darby’s comments came eight months after she confirmed her split from Gulbranson, 39, on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.

"Luke and I are not romantically involved anymore," she said in January after speculation spread about the two going their separate ways. At the time, they had deleted pictures of each other from their respective Instagram pages.

Ashley Boalch Darby/Instagram Ashley Darby and Luke Gulbranson
Ashley Boalch Darby/Instagram Ashley Darby and Luke Gulbranson

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She shared that her ongoing divorce from Michael — with whom she shares sons Dean, 4, and Dylan, 2 — was to blame for their split.

"It was my situation with Michael that affected Luke and I," Darby also said on WWHL, noting that she and Michael have had "a really hard time" with co-parenting and being separated. "Really, my life is very complicated. As you guys can imagine, I'm going through a very difficult situation."

"Luke was a trooper, believe me; he went through some things," she continued, adding that she had even met his entire family during their time together. "They were amazing, I fell in love with them. So great."

Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty, Heidi Gutman/BRAVO via Getty, Charles Sykes/Bravo via Getty Michael Darby, Ashley Darby, Luke Gulbranson
Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty, Heidi Gutman/BRAVO via Getty, Charles Sykes/Bravo via Getty Michael Darby, Ashley Darby, Luke Gulbranson

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Darby and Gulbranson were set up by Cohen, who happily played matchmaker at BravoCon 2022 after she called the former model "hot."

After spending time together at the annual fan convention, Darby revealed during a panel at the event that she and Gulbranson "have a lot of common interests. We both like horseback riding and hiking and all that crunchy s---."

In December, she seemed to make things Instagram official with a selfie of the pair.

"The definition of a winter wonderland ❄️ I didn't know I missed snow so much!" she wrote on Dec. 20. "Thank you for showing me the beauty of Minnesota! ♥️ @lukegulbranson."

Darby also posted a video of a snowy trip they took through the woods on her Instagram Story. Naturally, it was set to Michael Bublé's cover of the holiday classic "Winter Wonderland."

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Darby announced she and Michael were splitting in April after eight years of marriage.

As for how interested she is in dating post-split, the Potomac Housewife initially told Entertainment Tonight: "I dabble here and there, to be honest, but it's still not something — especially while I'm still living here, I just don't think it's the right thing to do, you know? And I can't really give myself to anyone emotionally. I'm still pretty connected to Michael."

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