The Real Housewives of Potomac’s fifth season is set to see one of the biggest fights in the franchise’s history when Monique Samuels and Candiace Dillard come to blows in a barnyard bust-up.
And cast member Ashley Darby tells Daily Mail Australia that she’s strictly team Monique in the explosive feud.
‘I’m definitely there for Monique. I check on her,’ the 32-year-old said.
EXCLUSIVE: ‘I’m definitely there for Monique’: Real Housewives of Potomac’s Ashley Darby (pictured) is on Monique Samuels’ side in the star’s feud with Candiace Dillard
‘I’ve always made it clear to Monique that I really value the woman that she is. We’ve had some issues in our friendship in the past, but when the time was really rough for me Monique was always there for me,’ she continued.
‘So, during that difficult time, even now, I have her back 100 per cent because she really showed her loyalty to me so I’m reciprocating that and I am 100 per cent loyal to Monique.’
Ashley also revealed that she’s made up with co-stars Robyn Dixon and Gizelle Bryant after years of feuding, but when it comes to Candiace, it’s a different story.
‘Candiace is a woman who just doesn’t necessarily know when to stop,’ she said.
Drama: Candiace (left) and Monique (right) will come to blows in an upcoming episode of RHOP’s fifth season, which is currently airing on Foxtel, Hayu, and Bravo
‘I’m not just talking in relation to what happens in the show. But also sometimes she can be persistent on social media. She doesn’t really have the instincts of when enough is enough and it can be overwhelming for anybody,’ Ashley continued.
‘She really tested me last year when I was giving birth to my son on a Sunday when the show was airing, and she was just saying these horrible things about me, literally as I’m pushing a human out of my body. Like, you have no decency.’
While Ashley was giving birth to her son Dean last year, Candiace was tweeting negative comments about her in response to an episode of The Real Housewives of Potomac that was airing.
‘I am 100 per cent loyal to Monique,’ Ashley told Daily Mail Australia. (Monique pictured)
Last October, Monique and Candiace got into a physical altercation while filming scenes for the Bravo show.
As a result, Candiace filed a complaint with the District Court of Montgomery County in Maryland to bring second degree assault charges against Monique.
Monique later filed the same charges against Candiace, before the charges on both sides were eventually dropped.
Clash: Last October, Monique and Candiace got into a physical altercation while filming scenes for the Bravo show, which resulted in the women filing charges against each other
At the time, Monique’s attorney, A. Scott Bolden, told Us Weekly: ‘Consistent with [Dillard’s] prior bad acts, offensive words and conduct, and her reputation for physical threats and verbal outbursts on the show, through third party interviews and the review of other evidence, the government concluded not to move forward against my client, Mrs. Samuels.
‘And while the government decided not to pursue my client’s defensive claim against Candiace, we are very satisfied that justice was done.’
He added: ‘It is our sincerest hope that both parties can move forward without any further judicial actions or involvement and that this dispute can be resolved through mediation or a thoughtful conversation between the parties, without threats, goading or bad behavior that Candiace is so well known for.’
Legal: Candiace (pictured) filed a complaint with the District Court of Montgomery County in Maryland to bring second degree assault charges against Monique, which was later dropped
Candiace’s lawyer, James L. Walker, Jr, said at the time that his client had been ‘sadly attacked, physically and personally, by Mrs. Monique Samuels and her legal team. Even today as she is vindicated and there is no proof whatsoever that she committed a crime against her cast mate, they are still attacking her.’
He continued: ‘We would hope that Mrs. Samuels is getting help and treatment, as the evidence we saw clearly showed her as the aggressor and bragging about her assault on our client.’
The altercation has been heavily featured in the trailer for The Real Housewives of Potomac’s fifth season and is set to play out in upcoming episodes.
Drama: The altercation has been heavily featured in the trailer for The Real Housewives of Potomac’s fifth season and is set to play out in upcoming episodes
While Ashley tells Daily Mail Australia that she’ll stir the pot as usual, she also says that viewers will see a more mature side of her this season.
‘I always have my spoon in my back pocket just in case I need to work it out, but I did have my baby in July last year, so more so [you’ll see] my motherhood journey,’ she explained.
‘We started filming the show when I was two months postpartum, so I was still going through it being a first time mum.’
‘I’ve been on since season one and I’ve grown a lot as a person and our relationships have evolved so much,’ she continued.
‘With some new dynamics to our group, the dynamics are really interesting … We will certainly not disappoint!’
Stream The Real Housewives of Potomac Season 5 on hayu & Foxtel now
Tune in! Stream The Real Housewives of Potomac Season 5 on hayu & Foxtel now