After Michael was photographed with a dark-haired woman at a hotel in Columbia, South Carolina, by a Real Housewives of Potomac viewer, who took to Reddit to share their evidence, causing quite the stir, the mother of his two young boys took to her Instagram Story to weigh in.
“What are you doing here without ASHLEY?!” the Reddit user asked on March 26, along with a photo of Michael sitting close to a woman wearing a printed dress.
Immediately after the post was shared, a number of RHOP fans reacted to the seemingly damning evidence.
“He’s like ‘Fawk, I gawt caught,'” one person wrote.
“Someone looks none too pleased you’re taking his picture,” another noted.
“How could he do this to [Ashley]?” asked a third.
“Why is he there without Ashley? They just started filming for the new season too… hmm,” they wrote.
Meanwhile, someone else said that they were “not surprised” to see Michael with another woman.
But after rumors began swirling in regard to Michael potentially being unfaithful, Ashley offered an explanation about the photo.
“That article is bogus. Michael was at a wedding this weekend, and the people pictured are his friends of over 30 years,” Ashley told her fans and followers on March 28. “Michael and I will always be transparent about what’s happening between us.”
“Leave the fables to Aesop,” she added.
“I would be lying through my teeth if I said that I was completely comfortable and felt safe and trusted Michael 100 percent after having Dylan because that previous experience after having Dean, it was hurtful to me, that rather than talk to me about how he was feeling he decided to try to find affection from someone else,” she explained. “So while things are a little bit different I still am a little scarred from that, and I am very on guard and aware and always looking for signs that could be leading us going down that road again.”
The Real Housewives of Potomac season seven will likely premiere on Bravo sometime later this year.
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