Last month, we were stricken with horror at the idea that Ashley Martson and Jay Smith might get back together.
We soon dismissed our concerns because they had simply arrived, separately, at the same venue.
After all, this 90 Day Fiance couple was riddled with scandals and disasters even before their deeply contentious divorce.
Only now, in an interview with In Touch Weekly, Ashley reveals that she and Jay are no longer at odds.
Most worrying of all, she has even dropped her PFA order against him. Oh no, Ashley!
Ashley has us so worried with this
As you are about to see, Ashley's recent playful banter with Jay on social media is just the tip of the iceberg.
Jay had a birthday this week
On Tuesday, October 8, Jay Smith turned 22 years old. He's begun to have the Bad Birthdays -- after 21, each milestone is a reminder of the relentless march towards the grave. But that didn't stop him from celebrating
Jay wasn't the only one to mark the occassion
Ashley Martson took to her Instagram Stories to wish Jay a happy birthday. Or, more specifically, to write "Happy Birthday, Loser!" In case anyone might think that she was picking a fight with actors Bella Thorne or Percy Hynes-White, she tagged Jay.
And Jay responded ...
"Thanks, punk!" he wrote above a screenshot of Ashley's message. They may be hurling mild insults at each other, but this looked alarmingly playful to a lot of fans.
Fans were understandably alarmed
A certain level of communication is often required for an ongoing divorce. But no divorce forces the pair to wish each other a happy birthday on social media. What's going on?
And wait, are they even allowed to speak?
Jay spent almost all of the month of July in ICE custody after violating the PFA -- protection from abuse -- order that Ashley had taken out to keep herself and her home safe from him. Are they even supposed to be interacting like this?
Ashley explains it all
"Jay and I have been talking since I chose to drop the PFA," Ashley reveals to In Touch Weekly. Ashley, no!!
Are they back together?
"We are not back together," Ashley clarifies. "Just cordial." Pro-tip: you don't have to be nice to your cheating, allegedly abusive ex. Being "cordial" is for cherries.
What do they even have to talk about?
"[We are] trying to get our divorce and immigration figured out," Ashley explains. Oh no ...
She's really trying to "both sides" her divorce, SMH
"We both made a ton of mistakes and chose to forgive," she adds. Oh, this hurts our hearts to hear.
It sounds like she's back under his spell
No matter what somebody's dick game is like, you don't have to feel sorry for someone who has done you so wrong. You don't owe them squat -- unless divorce court says otherwise.
Speaking of which ...
Back in July, Ashley explained that she and Jay were still in the divorce process because "He is requesting half of everything I own, that’s why he won’t sign."
She's really changed her tune
"Good luck," she expressed back in August about Jay's longing for her assets. "He’s not going to get anything."
Jay was recently asked about their split
One fan asked him when he'd finally be divorced, and Jay responded by laughing and saying "never!"
So what's happening?
Maybe it's thirst, maybe it's pity, maybe it's nostalgia -- but Ashley is being nicer to Jay than she needs to be, and that has fans worried that she might take him back into her life.
They definitely had good times together
But it takes more than some good moments and what one imagines to have been an excellent sex life to make a marriage work.
One, he's a cheater
He cheated again and again and again, even after Ashley took him back. He'd apologize and rush to her side and keep on giving some side piece the business.
And it got worse
Ashley must have presented accusations and even evidence of abuse in order to be awarded the Protection From Abuse order in July. No amount of abuse is acceptable in any relationship.
And also ...
Texts attributed to Ashley and Jay surfaced in which Jay was accused of spousal rape, and seemed to express confusion over why he should have to seek consent from his wife. Truly sickening and horrifying, though of course unverified.
Why is Ashley even giving him the time of day?
As we said, it could be pity or thirst. She may feel sorry for Jay because he's younger and doesn't want to go back to Jamaica. Or maybe she's still horny for him and isn't thinking straight. To quote The Good Place: "Humans make a lot of mistakes when they're horny."
But also ...
What if Ashley is just sweet-talking him to get him to dial back his ridiculous demands in their divorce. Is this all just a trick?
There's another option
You can't be a reality star without some level of drama. Is Ashley making sure that she has drama in her life so that she can sell the story of it to magazines and remain relevant?
We just don't know
We just hope that she remains safe, and that she guards her heart, body, and bank account during these conversations.