What happened to Thomas Ravenel and Ashley Jacobs? The truth behind their scandalous break-up

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There was a lot of drama going on on “Southern Charm” in 2018, especially between co-stars Thomas Ravenel and Ashley Jacobs.

They were an item of a sort for some time before splitting up, which of course, blew up in the media headlines. 

Read on to find out about the split and the current relationships of Thomas Ravenel and Ashley Jacobs. 

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Did Ashley Jacobs date Thomas Ravenel?

Yes, the couple was together for over a year, starting sometime in 2018 and ending at the beginning of 2019. 

Their relationship was disclosed to the public, as it played the main topic on season 5 of the reality series called “Southern Charm”.

The couple cracked under the pressure of the media and so many viewers’ opinions. 

However, there have been several other underlying problems that caused Ashley Jacobs to split from Thomas Ravenel, and one of the fans’ theories is that the age gap of 22 years between them was just too much to handle. 

Why did Thomas Ravenel and Ashley Jacobs split up?

There’s no need to guess what the underlying cause of their break-up was since Ashley spoke publicly about it in an interview from 2019. 

Jacobs said the relationship with Thomas was amazing at the start, as he was taking her on a tour around Charleston, showing her all the best events and places. 


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The things actually took a dark, twisted turn after she had joined the cast of “Southern Charm”, Jacobs admitted. 

She was ready to sort all of their problems out together with Thomas, but Thomas was accused of rape and taken in custody, which took a toll on Ashley’s mental health and she began doubting her choices. 

Ashley concluded the interview by saying her 1-year-long relationship with Ravenel was the worst year of her life. 

Thomas Ravenel and Ashley Jacobs current relationships

As of 2019, Ashley Jacobs is in a committed relationship with Mike Appel, whom she had also married in 2020. 

The couple expanded their time in 2021 as they welcomed a baby together. 

Thomas Ravenel also seems to be in a happy, committed relationship with his fiancée Heather Mascoe, with whom he also welcomed a baby boy in 2020. 

What is “Southern Charm”?

Southern Charm is one of many reality television series from America, focused on the personal lives and relationships of seven celebrities from Charleston. 

The first episode aired in March 2014, and it is still airing, currently on season 8. 

Southern Charm’s initial cast includes Thomas Ravenel, Jenna King, Shep Rose, and Craig Conover.

Some of the guest appearances include TV personalities Kroll, Calhoun Dennis, Landon Clements, as well as Chelsea Meissner. 

Thomas Ravenel left the series after the end of season 5, after a scandalous arrest, which included sexual assault accusations. 

These accusations caused Thomas and Ashley Jacobs to split up, as well as Ashley leaving the show.