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RHOP 's Ashley Darby Says She's Taking Dating 'Slow' amid 'Conflicting Emotions' About Her Divorce

Real Housewives of Potomac star Ashley Darby admits it's been challenging to adjust and navigate life since she announced her split from husband Michael Darby.

"I thought it would get easier, but it's been about six months now and it's still so hard," Ashley, 34, told E! News,. "There's some moments of missing our relationship and when I see him being a really good dad it's like, 'Oh man, could I? Should I?' because he is still a great dad and a hands-on parent and that's what I find so attractive about him."

The reality star said she "never knew how many conflicting emotions a person has" during the process until she endured it herself.

"Going through this process now and sharing it with the whole world, it made me really nervous," she continued, referencing how her breakup will be featured on the upcoming seventh season of RHOP. "It made me nervous to be vulnerable and share my feelings. I was like, 'Am I going to look weak?' So I was really apprehensive about it, but ultimately it was therapeutic to share my feelings and to have the support of my friends."

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Ashley Darby
Ashley Darby

Lexie Moreland/WWD/Getty

Though she does want to start dating again, Ashley said she's taking things "slow" for now.

"When I was dating before Michael, there was no online dating — the whole landscape looked so different and honestly it's petrifying now," she explained. "The stories I hear and all these wolves in sheeps' clothing. I'm definitely going very, very snail-paced slow. I'm a little scared."

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Ashley wed Michael, 63, in 2014. Together, the pair would go on to welcome sons Dean, 3, and Dylan, 13 months.

The Bravolebrity announced the twosome's separation in April after eight years of marriage. At the time, she indicated that the former couple "will always love and respect each other" despite calling it quits.

"We have decided to separate. We are aware that there will be many speculative views as to why we have made this decision," she said in a statement shared with Bravo's Daily Dish. "People will be quick to assume that the causes were too much intrusion by reality TV into the most personal parts of our lives, age gap issues, cultural problems, or child-rearing differences. Pieces of all these may have affected our pure love for each other, but no one reason is the root cause of our mutual decision to go our separate ways."

She continued, "We are now both at very different stages in our lives and have different goals for our futures. We both want the other to achieve true happiness and fulfillment and feel that we cannot do this together."

Michael and Ashley
Michael and Ashley

Brian Stukes/Getty Images Michael and Ashley Darby in April 2019

A source later told PEOPLE that Ashley and Michael had "been having serious problems for about a year now."

"There's been a visceral disconnect between them as a couple," the source continued. "For Ashley, the inconsistencies within the relationship and trust issues led to the split."

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Season 7 of The Real Housewives of Potomac premieres Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo.