Ashlyn Harris denies cheating on ex-wife Ali Krieger.
Though Harris filed for divorce from her former teammate on September 19, news of their split didn’t break until mid-October. Because of this, many fans felt whiplash when People reported Harris was dating One Tree Hill star Sophia Bush just six days later. “After being friends for years, and running in the same social circles, Sophia and Ashlyn went out on their first dinner date a couple of weeks ago,” a source told the publication on October 17. “This is so recent, and they are both beginning new chapters.”
Harris and Krieger wed in 2019 and share two children: two-year-old Sloane and one-year-old Ocean. Following reports of Harris’ new relationship, Krieger posted on Instagram that she was in her “Beyoncé lemonade era,” adding fuel to cheating rumors. At the time, US Women’s National Team player Alex Morgan replied to the post, writing, “These comments do not disappoint 🔥.”
Harris remained silent on the speculation…until now. Ending a relationship after almost 13 years of friendship, teammate-ship, marriage, and co-parenting (many of them good years) is a decision that was not made lightly,” Harris wrote on Instagram on November 18. “We agreed to center our children, continue therapy, separate, and to move forward with our lives. Two happy families are always better than one unhappy one. This process is never easy, but we were making our way through.”
Though she did not mention her relationship with Bush, Harris denied cheating on her former partner, writing, “Let me be clear: I did not step out on my marriage,” she wrote. “I was always faithful in my marriage, if not always totally happy.”
Though Harris did not want to “feed the beast” by commenting, she could no longer ignore the “abuse” and “cruel words” from strangers knowing her children will one day be able to read it. The online hate that has happened since has been one of the most personally devastating experiences of my life, she wrote, later adding, “I have tried to let the fire burn out and what I’ve experienced has devastated my mental health. This has been brutal.”