'Southern Charm' couple Thomas Ravenel and Ashley Jacobs split
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/17/2018
Southern Charm couple Thomas Ravenel and Ashley Jacobs have called it quits on their relationship after more than a year together.
Ashley announced the news Wednesday in a teary Instagram Live video.
"I don't want to comment but there are just some things I'm trying to handle privately. Before I say too much, I love Thomas and I'll always love Thomas. I'll always care about him," the 33-year-old registered nurse admitted, according to People.
"I'm still trying to work it out -- not work out, getting back together -- but I'm still trying to figure it out. I think everyone's been through breakups before but it's hard. It's not easy... Sometimes you just want to stay quiet and figure out what the next move in your life is going to be... I'm just trying to take care of myself the best way that I can."
Ashley reportedly said she has gained 10 pounds and is working out again after the breakup. She also claimed to be ready to find love again.
"You guys know some eligible bachelors, hook me up," Ashley noted. "They don't have to have money. I'm okay with that. I just want someone to love me for me. It's never been about money. Like I said, I work hard. I wouldn't quit my job. I drive me cute little Honda. I'm okay."
Ashley confirmed her split from Thomas, 55, only one day after he announced he's quitting Southern Charm ahead of its sixth season on Bravo.
Thomas is currently under investigation by South Carolina police. He is reportedly facing sexual assault allegations brought against him by "Nanny Dawn" -- the former caretaker of his four-year-old daughter Kensie and two-year-old son Saint -- as well as real estate agent Ashley Perkins, who publicly accused Thomas of assaulting her mother, Debbie Holloway Perkins, on their first Tinder date in October 2015.
While Thomas has been in the public eye for this sex scandal, Ashley had been the subject of rumors she is a paid escort.
The pair therefore battled such scrutiny together for weeks, with Ashley defending Thomas in light of allegations on the Season 5 reunion special of Southern Charm.
The couple's united front continued throughout July, even when speculation surfaced their romance was on the rocks.
After Thomas and Ashley sparked breakup rumors by deleting Instagram photos of each other on their respective accounts, Ashley confirmed they were still together and doing fine late last month.
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"We've just been chilling out on the social media front. I think that's why people are questioning things, because we are both very public. I like social media, but we have just sort of chilled out, so we get a lot of those questions because we are not putting pictures with each other," Ashley told People at the time.
"But I can tell you, we're doing great now. We've been doing less going out, less going downtown, less going to bars or restaurants We watch Netflix every night. We eat ice cream, we order food in. We've been homebodies, and that's made us closer."