Now, however, the embattled Southern Charm star and the extremely confrontational nurse are over. Officially.
Ashley broke the news herself.
In a tearful Instagram Live session, Ashley Jacobs revealed that she and Thomas are over. For real this time.
"I don’t want to comment but there are just some things I’m trying to handle privately," Ashley explains.
“Before I say too much, I love Thomas and I’ll always love Thomas," Ashley clarifies. "I’ll always care about him."
Not everyone feels that way now that Thomas Ravenel has been accused of rape by a couple of women and others have come forward to share tales of upsetting behavior from him.
"I’m still trying to work it out," Ashley explains. "Not work out getting back together, but I’m still trying to figure it out."
"I think everyone’s been through breakups before," Ashley says. "But it’s hard."
It is difficult. Emotions are a curse.
"It’s not easy," Ashley admits.
"Sometimes," Ashley says. "You just want to stay quiet and figure out what the next move in your life is going to be."
That sounds very smart.
Ashley explains: "I’m just trying to take care of myself the best way that I can."
"You guys know some eligible bachelors," Ashley jokes. "Hook me up.”
She then goes above and beyond to assure her followers that she is not a gold-digging famewhore.
“They don’t have to have money," Ashley insists. "I’m okay with that."
Ashley's willingness to uproot her life after five dates to live with Thomas across the country, and the fact that she seemed to flirt with other wealthy men on Southern Charm, gave a different impression.
"I just want someone to love me for me," she says.
Again, Ashley insists: "It’s never been about money."
There were also rumors that Ashley Jacobs is an escort, which she found hurtful -- though, of course, there is nothing wrong with sex work.
"Like I said, I work hard," Ashley continues. "I wouldn’t quit my job."
Ashley is a registered nurse.
"I drive my cute little Honda," Ashley says, reassuring fans. "I’m okay."
Ashley posted something much more vague to her Instagram page.
"I am who I am today because of my failures," Ashley writes. "I am compassionate because I’ve failed."
"I am understanding because I’ve failed. I am more emotionally aware because I’ve failed," Ashley continues. "I’m smarter because I’ve failed."
"And I understand the values and beliefs of the things that matter in life because of those failures," she explains.
"So I would never take them back," Ashley insists. "I would never go back in time and change a single thing."
Ashley tagged her post: "#NewMe"
You know what? She may have been a Southern Charm villain, but we're strangely happy for her.
Go live your life, Ashley.