Ashley Martson: Yeah I Basically Faked My Entire Life, But My Lupus is Still Real!

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Though 90 Day Fiance stars Ashley Martson and Jay Smith have quit the show, we'll see more from them.

After all, they did all of that filming for 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After?

In the mean time, the couple is still reeling from a fraud scandal, as they were exposed as the culprits who were "leaking" their own photos.

Some fans are wondering if anything that the couple has ever said is true, but Ashley is speaking to RadarOnline and setting the record straight.

Reality TV pressured her and Jay to fake some things and hide some things, but she has never lied about her health.

Ashley has lupus. It's very real, it's very dangerous, and just because she looks good doesn't mean that she doesn't have a serious illness.

Take a look as she discusses her health battle:

1. Ashley Martson wants to clear the air

Ashley Martson wants to clear the air
Yes, she really has lupus. It's a serious illness and it has already landed her in the hospital with kidney failure. And she's sharing a lot more about her health ...

2. Ashley has gone under the knife to deal with her health issues

Ashley has gone under the knife to deal with her health issues
"I have surgery," Ashley tells RadarOnline. In fact, she had it on Tuesday, February 12.

3. She's being vague on the details, but we'll find out eventually

She's being vague on the details, but we'll find out eventually
"It is going to be discussed on the show," Ashley notes, referring to Happily Ever After? "So I'd rather not talk about it."

4. The surgery sounds like a big deal

The surgery sounds like a big deal
"The surgery will help me long term," she reveals. "And it's a long recovery." Given that she so recently was hospitalized for kidney failure, it's very natural to assume that her vague surgery is a kidney transplant.

5. IS it a kidney transplant?

IS it a kidney transplant?
"It's not a kidney transplant," Ashley clarifies. We have to say that we're unsure of what type of procedure she means, but she does share further hints.

6. It's a good guess, though

It's a good guess, though
"When I was first admitted, that was the plan," Ashley says of the kidney transplant that might have been.

7. The doctors were ready to do it

The doctors were ready to do it
"They wanted to put a port in and start dialysis," Ashley notes, as of course the transplant would require a wait time while they found a matching donor.

8. It sounds like Ashley dodged a bullet

It sounds like Ashley dodged a bullet
"Dialysis is rough," she correctly notes. Remember, it's a process that extracts your blood from your body, filters it, and returns it. The fact that it's not all at once keeps you from dying, but it also means that the painful process drags on for a while.

9. But then, there was hope!

But then, there was hope!
"There was a small chance we can do medication to see if that would work before dialysis," Ashley reveals.

10. And it worked!

And it worked!
"It ended up working for now," Ashley notes. She's right to include that qualifier. Illnesses like lupus can change and grow worse with time. Whatever she's taking might not be good enough forever.

11. In fact, it worked almost TOO well ...

In fact, it worked almost TOO well ...
"I'm being attacked by my appearance," Ashley laments. So-called "fans" have bombarded her with accusations of faking her illness. To some people -- perhaps those who have been lucky enough to never know someone with a serious illness -- the only people who are seriously ill are withered and all but lifeless and bedridden.

12. Ashley explains why she LOOKS healthy

Ashley explains why she LOOKS healthy
"Makeup and hair can make a difference," she notes. "Makeup does a lot." That's part of the reason for which some chronically ill people look "worse." Little daily routines that help people look better might be more than they can manage.

13. Lupus doesn't come with a flashing sign that advertises its presence

Lupus doesn't come with a flashing sign that advertises its presence
"It's an invisible illness," Ashley admits. Fans should be happy that Ashley can look her best and move around, not accusatory about it.

14. Ashley explains what that is like

Ashley explains what that is like
"You look fine from the outside," Ashley admits. "But inside you feel horrible." So many people who suffer chronic ailments know this feeling. Sadly, society and even their loved ones may doubt the degree of their illness because they happen to look fine.

15. Ashley wishes that her haters could understand

Ashley wishes that her haters could understand
"Right now," Ashley laments. "We're being thrown under for me faking the illness." To be clear, MOST people don't think that she faked her illness, but plenty of fans are peeved at her actual fraud scandal.

16. To be doubted about an ailment that could claim her life is ...

To be doubted about an ailment that could claim her life is ...
"It's awful," she expresses. "Still I'm being told I'm a liar." Folks, she proved to GoFundMe that she is really sick and was hospitalized. TLC knew about it, too.

17. And speaking of the GoFundMe ...

And speaking of the GoFundMe ...
"I've gotten a lot of heat about the GoFundMe," Ashley admits, referring to the crowdfunding attempt after she was found unresponsive at home and hospitalized in January.

18. She says she didn't stick with it

She says she didn't stick with it
"We didn't get paid a lot," she clarifies. "Once we realized the medicine was working, I told her to stop it since there were people donating."

19. They're trying to pay back the extra cash

They're trying to pay back the extra cash
They're doing what they can to refund the angry donors, Ashley explains, because she and Jay are "sick of being scrutinized."

20. Oh, but speaking of Ashley's health ...

Oh, but speaking of Ashley's health ...
Ashley says that she has had a hysterectomy, but although she is already the mother of two young children, she's open to having more kids.

21. But it depends

But it depends
Jay isn't down to bring kids into the world just yet. Because, you know, he's 20. Ashley is 32. Those are very different stages in a person's life.

22. So, how would Ashley go about having babies?

So, how would Ashley go about having babies?
"I did save my eggs," Ashley notes. "If I were in the financial position, I would have a surrogate." By surrogate, she of course means a gestational carrier, as it would be her eggs and Jay's sperm.

23. But that's up to Jay

But that's up to Jay
"But Jay is not in the position at all," Ashey notes. Maybe he should become accustomed to being married to a woman who has two children before he pops out some more babies. Actually, while he's young, he might want to freeze his own sperm. Frozen, it can remain viable for decades, but unlike eggs, sperm are continually produced, and tend to get less healthy as you age.

24. In the mean time, there's enough on their plate

In the mean time, there's enough on their plate
Ashley and Jay are being bashed by fans, friends, and castmates alike for faking their own "leaks" in what some perceive to have been an apparent bid for sympathy.

25. It was all exposed when Jay went live on the fake account

It was all exposed when Jay went live on the fake account
Enough people saw it that the whole world knows. A lot of people feel betrayed.

26. Can they redeeom themselves in the public eye?

Can they redeeom themselves in the public eye?
We certainly hope so. Other 90 Day Fiance couples have certainly done worse. But it's going to take some time for this very fresh wound to mend. In the mean time, we hope that Ashley's very literal wounds -- from her surgery this week -- recover very quickly!

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