Ashley and Michael Darby, a married couple of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Potomac fame, have announced that they are separating.

In an exclusive statement shared with BravoTV.com, Darby confirmed that their focus moving forward is on working together for the sake of their children, but that their romantic connection is no more after nearly eight years together.

“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,” she stated. “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. 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,” she continued. “We both want the other to achieve true happiness and fulfillment and feel that we cannot do this together.”

She concluded her vulnerable statement by stating, “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.”

She also shared her statement on Instagram, saying they almost made it eight “magical years.”

As mentioned, the couple share two sons, including 2-year-old Dean and 1-year-old Dylan. The couple initially wed in 2014 and made their debut as original cast members (Ashley at least) of RHOP in Season 1 back in 2016. They’ve shared the ups and downs of their relationship both on TV and social media, so sharing what could very well be the ending of it is not a shock. Darby has stated in the past that their marriage was an “unconventional” one. To see how the couple got to this point, check out our timeline below. See how they met, their journey to start a family, the scandals that have followed Michael, all the way up to the news of their separation this week.

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