90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After cast member Ashley Martson posted what looks like her resignation from the show online today. But this long farewell she pens brings up some questions. She’s no longer with Jay Smith, so she probably couldn’t be part of the show anyway.
The 90 Day Fiance franchise is based on couples and Ashley Martson no longer falls into that category. So is this just a publicity ploy? Or will Ashley show up later on down the line like Darcey Silva who is about to do it again with a new guy. So, is Ashley really bowing out of the limelight for good?
90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After – Ashley Martson Ignored Red Flags?
Ashley joins some of the other 90 Day Fiance stars who gave love a go in this TLC public arena only to see it swirl down the drain. Just like the cast members who came before her and who will come after her, they took a huge leap of faith. And they did so in front of the cameras.
It’s not like the red flags didn’t fly for Ashley from day one. But this 31-year-old Pennsylvania woman had tunnel vision about Jay Smith, who was still a teen when they met.
Friends attempted to warn her and she allegedly severed ties with her BFF Natalie early on. However, much of this was staged for the cameras. She did this after the friend appeared on 90 Day Fiance pointing out some of those warning signs. But she was bound and determined to make Jay her husband.
TLC counts on drama to drive the ratings and Ashley Martson gave them that. Fans watched and commented on the twists and turns in this May-December relationship.
Happily Ever After: More Like a Mother-Son Relationship at Times?
Viewers of 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After commented on Ashley acting more like a mother to Jay at times than a wife. Others thought Jay latched on to this older woman for the sake of a green card. Whatever their reason, the relationship turned toxic.
Today Ashley throws in the towel on the franchise — or so she says. In an online farewell speech, Ashley says goodbye and thank you. She recalls how she let the 90 Day Fiance show take a “sneak peek” into her life. She also confesses it didn’t turn out as she planned.
While the drama played out, Ashley Martson still remained front and center for the camera. She’s been doing tons of public events and has branded herself a “reality TV star” on Instagram. So, can she give up her few minutes of fame and walk away?
Is Ashley Really Throwing In the Towel or More Publicity?
While saying her goodbye on line today, she said she realizes she has “a lot to work on herself”. That echoes what Jay Smith’s sister Poochie said and what her now-ex BB Natalie said – and a ton of 90 Day Fiance viewers.
One commenter’s message to Ashley Martson suggested that she was her favorite person to “hate” on this show. But the person still wished her the best. That seems to demonstrate the value of the drama Ashley added to 90 Day Fiance.
Still, she’s regularly making appearances as a 90 Day Fiance personality – still booking cameos and still promoting stuff online using her “star” status. As Ashley Martson seems to be milking the limelight, it begs the question of whether this is really goodbye. Wait and see.
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