One explosive fight caught on camera during the show’s second season even had Ashley threatening divorce.
Though they’ve yet to decide whether or not they’ll dissolve the marriage, Ashley tells PEOPLE she still loves Michael and hopes they’ll find a way back to one another.
“He’s my person,” she says. “We’re taking the time to evaluate exactly what we expect from our relationship and if both of us can give each other what we need. We still really care about each other, so the foundation is there. It’s just a matter of repairing some of the faults in the foundation.”
The two have been living apart since February — with Ashley, 29, moving out of their place and into her own apartment in Arlington, Virginia. And though they’re not spending time romantically, they’re still working together closely on their restaurant.
“We are 50-50 partners,” she explains, adding that the business is a dream (and a big financial investment) she wouldn’t just walk away from.Read more at PeopleTVwatch