Since arriving in Genoa City in 1982, Ashley Abbott has racked up a long list of complicated and nightmarish marriage fiascos. It’s no wonder she had sworn off men until she met Ravi
HUSBAND #1 STEVEN LASSITER
(Rod Arrants) Treated for a VICTOR- induced mental breakdown in a New York sanitarium in 1987, ASHLEY fell in love with her psychiatrist STEVEN LASSITER. Ashley accepted Steven’s proposal and they married in an intimate ceremony in the Abbott home. However, their happiness was tragically brief. Months after marrying, Steven was shot dead by one of his deranged patients, leaving Ashley a bereft widow.
HUSBAND #2 VICTOR NEWMAN
(Eric Braeden) By 1990, VICTOR and ASHLEY found themselves seeking solace and serenity at the Abbott cabin to escape their latest love travails. Spending a peaceful and intimate evening together, he and Ashley realised the love they had once shared was still alive. Impulsively, they summoned a minister to the cabin and got married. Despite weathering many problems, Ashley finally realised that she couldn’t compete with Victor’s perpetual fascination with NIKKI and finally kicked him out after learning he’d had an affair with her.
HUSBAND #3 ALEX ‘BLADE’ BLADESON
(Michael Tylo) Divorcing VICTOR in 1993, ASHLEY quickly fell in love with Jabot’s new photographer who was nicknamed BLADE. Their subsequent engagement was soon complicated by the arrival of Blade’s vengeful ex-lover MARI JO MASON (Diana Barton) who wanted to punish Blade for allowing his identical twin brother RICK to drown. Hiding his past from everyone, Blade married Ashley in a small ceremony but the new bride soon suspected that her husband was behaving awkwardly.
In reality, an alive Rick had kidnapped and imprisoned Blade and assumed his identity, fooling Ashley with the ruse. However, tragedy followed when Blade escaped to unmask Rick. Pursuing his imposter, Blade was killed instantly when his car was crushed by a train.
HUSBAND #4 COLE HOWARD
(J. Eddie Peck) Single again until 1997, ASHLEY fell in love with VICTORIA’s estranged husband COLE, while helping research the new book he was writing. Discovering the affair, Victoria maliciously divorced him and, once free, Cole pledged his love to Ashley and they married but Victoria had fallen pregnant during an assignation with Cole. The subsequent birth and death of baby EVE left Ashley feeling isolated and her marriage slowly fell apart as Cole clung to Victoria in his grief. Eventually, Cole and Ashley accepted their marriage was over and Cole moved to London, divorcing Ashley via airmail!
HUSBAND #5 BRAD CARLTON
(Don Diamont) After stealing VICTOR’s sperm and impregnating herself with his baby in 2000, ASHLEY welcomed her now ex-brother-inlaw BRAD’s romantic advances. Offering to pose as the baby’s father, a love-struck Brad proposed and he and Ashley married literally moments before ABBY was born. Hiding Abby’s true paternity, Ashley had a happy marriage to Brad until she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a radical mastectomy in 2002.
Surprisingly, the Carlton marriage weathered the cancer crisis but when Ashley learned she was pregnant and suffering from hypoglycaemia, her elevated stress levels sent her to a wellness retreat. Months later, tragedy ensued when a heavily pregnant Ashley was injured in an horrific car crash while driving home.
Her prematurely born baby boy ROBERT died in surgery and Ashley succumbed to crippling postnatal depression. Ultimately, her marriage to Brad broke down and they divorced in 2005.
HUSBAND #6 VICTOR NEWMAN
Unexpectedly reuniting with VICTOR in 2008 after the death of his wife SABRINA (Raya Meddine), ASHLEY became pregnant and married Victor but quickly fell victim to the machinations of Victor’s son ADAM (Michael Muhney) who hated his father. Adam drove Ashley insane ultimately causing her to miscarry her baby. Developing a false pregnancy, Ashley voluntarily committed herself to the psychiatric ward where Adam stole SHARON’s (Sharon Case) newborn and gave the baby to Ashley. After the truth emerged, Ashley recovered and divorced Victor.
HUSBAND #7 TUCKER MCCALL
(Stephen Nichols) Ashley fell in love with TUCKER, KATHERINE’s (Jeanne Cooper) newly discovered biological son, in 2010. However, ASHLEY’s jealous daughter ABBY (thenMarcy Rylan) plotted to break them up but the plan backfired when she drunkenly mowed him down rendering him comatose. Luckily Tucker woke up and married Ashley in a hospital bedside ceremony but the marriage ultimately shattered in divorce in 2012 when Ashley discovered Tucker in bed with another woman.
Ashley marries her first husband Steven (Rod Arrants)