Ashley Jacobs has officially moved on following her split from Thomas Ravenel.
More than a year after the Southern Charm couple parted ways, Jacobs has found love with boyfriend Mike Appel. On Monday, the Bravo personality introduced her new beau to her Instagram followers, making their relationship social media official.
“Found someone close to my own age!!” wrote Jacobs, 34, jokingly referring to the multi-decades age difference between herself and Ravenel.
“And our birthday’s are just a day a part! Happy birthday to this cutie,” Jacobs wrote alongside a smiling photo of herself and Appel. “Thanks for making me smile!!”
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Found someone close to my own age!!And our birthday’s are just a day a part! Happy birthday to this cutie Thanks for making me smile!! @appelagoodtime
A post shared by Ashley Jacobs (@ashleyhjacobs) on Dec 2, 2019 at 2:21pm PST
Jacobs also gave the birthday boy some love on her Instagram Stories, where she called Appel a “stud muffin.”
“You were born, and the world became a better place,” she wrote alongside a blue heart emoji. “Happy birthday you stud muffin!!!”
Appel is the co-founder and chief marketing officer of Related Garments, “a matching themed apparel company that focuses on creating designer undergarments that are coordinated,” according to his LinkedIn account.
Her new romance comes months after Jacobs opened up about her past relationship with Ravenel, whom she split from in August 2018 after more than a year together.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight published at the end of July, Jacobs opened up about meeting Ravenel — and what led to their split a year later.
When they met in spring 2017, Jacobs told ET, she was looking for a change.
“I went back a few times to visit him and I thought, could I make this work?” she explained. “This is a great town, I’m a registered nurse. I can work wherever I want … I know someone who has an in, not into the reality TV show, but has an in into a town where I can kind of sit back and let him take me around, and show me the best places to live, the best places to eat. And, I like this person.”
Jacobs then joined the cast of Southern Charm as Ravenel’s girlfriend and stirred up some major drama, openly feuding with Kathryn Dennis, Ravenel’s ex and the mother of his two kids.
“It was dark, and it was really lonely and, yeah, I was really lonely,” Jacobs shared. “I lost a lot of weight. I wasn’t taking care of myself mentally … I suffered from depression, situational depression.”
“I didn’t have the support of my family,” she continued. “They were very disappointed in my decision, and so the only person I had was Thomas. He was my support system, we were really in the trenches together … …read more