After Part 2 of the Southern Charm reunion special aired, it was reported that Ashley Jacobs had left Thomas Ravenel. Finally.
At the time, however, we cautioned that they had not officially broken up just yet.
Well, it's time for some good news: because it's over!
Apparently, Ashley Jacobs confirmed her split to Kate over the phone.
"She’s told me that she broke up with him," Kate reveals. "And that she blocked his number."
That sounds like good news and a very healthy step!
"But," Kate says. "She’s in this weird position."
No sex jokes, please.
"Because she changed her licensing," Kate explains. "Or she got licensing to be a nurse in South Carolina."
As fans were reminded when rumors suggested that Ashley Jacobs was really an escort, Ashley is a registered nurse. That's her livelihood.
Ashley, Kate explains, had moved "and really had come to the conclusion that she was going to set up a new life, away from Santa Barbara, in another state across the country."
"She, of course, did this hoping that she would ultimately be in a loving relationship" with Thomas in Charleston, Kate continues.
Kate says that Ashley had planned to make it work "with someone who has had two children with a woman he never ended up marrying.
Kate mentions that Thomas also "has served time in prison, and has all these allegations against him.”
Multiple women have come forward to accuse Thomas Ravenel of rape. Others, including his costars and friends, have admitted that they've witnessed alarming behavior from him.
Ashley wanted to make it work despite the obstacles. Kate says: “She wasn’t really able to see how that made absolutely no sense."
Ashley was determined to live her life with Thomas, even though things had (literally) gone south.
"So," Kate explains. "My strategy was to say things like, ‘Kathryn is not your enemy.'”
A lot of the time, directly telling someone that they need to break up doesn't work or even backfires. Little nudges can be much more effective.
“Why," Kate recalls asking Ashley. "Would you want to be with somebody who has all this chaos in their life?"
That's a great question.
Fortunately, Kate says that Ashley saw reason in the end.
Ashley "has no intentions of getting back together" with Thomas, Kate reveals.
That's great to hear!
But we should note that Ashley has yet to confirm this herself.
In fact, Ashley wrote on Instagram: "I don’t plan on addressing rumors or talking about my relationship status to social media at this time."
That could mean that she's trying to fade from the public eye.
Or it could mean that she secretly harbors hopes that she and Thomas will reunite as if they had never even broken up in the first place.
We really hope not. Even the Southern Charm stars whom Ashley targeted with vitriol and fury were clearly worried about her state of mind in her relationship with Thomas.
If your dating life is toxic, you should leave and not look back.
We hope to hear official, first-person confirmation of this breakup very soon.