Ashton Meem got her claim to fame thanks to her marriage to Seattle Seahawk quarterback Russell Wilson. The marriage did not last long though, and the couple split up after just two years. Immediately after the divorce, nobody knew the reason. When the facts started to come to light with time, Ashton Meem got more fame but of the negative kind. So, what did Russell Wilson’s first wife do that led to the couple parting ways?
Ashton Meem early life
Ashton Meem was born on 6 September 1987 in Richmond, Virginia, the USA to Molly Meem and Lang Meem. Her family does not have any siblings. As a student in Richmond, she attended. Catherine High School. She started dating Russell Wilson during this time. After graduation, she enrolled at the University of Georgia but later transferred to North Carolina State University because of Russell Wilson.
Ashton Meem work career
Ashton Meem got her bachelor’s degree from the North Carolina State University in 2010. Her first foray into professional life was as an intern in Lewis Media Partners and then for McKinney as an art buyer and print production intern, both Virginia-based groups. After her internship experience, she got her first job in 2011 as an account executive at Morton Consulting LLC, based in her hometown of Richmond. After working for many years for Morton Consulting, she moved on to American Family Insurance as an Advertising Operations Assistant. Right now, she is still working in the advertising field.
Ashton Meem and Russell Wilson’s relationship
Ashton Meem first met Russell Wilson during her high school years in Collegiate School in Richmond, VA. In 2012, Russell Wilson’s ex-girlfriend Ashton Meem told Richmond Times-Dispatch about the first meeting during her wedding announcement. “In high school, we briefly met. Of course, at a late spring party and after that began seeing one another.” She even changed school to be nearer to Russel Wilson, moving from the University of Georgia to NC State University.
In August of 2010, Ashton Meem got engaged. They were surprised with a trip to the presidential suite of an elite car at a hotel in North Carolina by Russell Wilson. In front of their dog penny, he proposed to her. On 14 January 2012, the couple got married at the country club in Virginia. Ashton organized the whole event herself because she enjoyed it.
Ashton Meem’s divorce and cheating fiasco
Ashton Meem and Russell Wilson were very happy at the beginning of their new journey together. In the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Wilson was picked by Seattle Seahawks as their quarterback. A $2.99 million contract was signed for four years. Although the couple seemed happy and content on the surface, something else was going out behind the scene.
On 22 April 2014, after just 2 years of marriage, the couple parted ways and got divorced. Russell Wilson’s divorce came as a shock to the general public. He gave a statement the Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times on this matter:
I have pursued the hard decision to petition for legal separation. Obviously, choices like these don’t come simple. Ashton and I consciously request petitions, understanding, and protection during this troublesome time. Pushing ahead, I will have no further remark on this individual matter.
Nothing much was clarified by the divorced couple on why they called it quits so early in their relationship. Then rumors started surfacing about an extramarital affair of Ashton Meem with Russell Wilson’s then teammate, Golden Tate. Tate was also reportedly hit by another teammate Percy Harvin over this matter. After the allegations and the punching incident started making their rounds over the media, Ashton rejected them all but Wilson maintained silence over the matter. Golden Tate also claimed his innocence on multiple platforms including social media, news outlets, etc. He also issued a statement on the matter, stating:
I didn’t take part in an extramarital entanglement with Russell Wilson’s better half, nor did I have a say in his separation. Anyone who knows us will find that funny. His ex, Ashton, is still his closest companion with my sweetheart. Russell and I were old buddies when I was in Seattle, here and there in the field — he knows the reports about me were unwarranted, harming my standing, and an assault on my personality. Anybody who coursed that talk was downright flighty.
As of yet, no one has come forward and fessed up to the cheating allegations. Also, there is no hard evidence pointing toward any such incident. Russell Wilson still is silent on the matter and has not issued any statements on the matter. Ashton and Tate, on the other hand, have always claimed that they are innocent of the matter, stating that the whole incident is a fabrication by a blogger. Public opinion on the matter is mostly on the side of the Seattle Seahawk quarterback. Russell Wilson’s fans have shown their support for him on social media platforms.
Ashton Meem’s Net Worth
Ashton Meem’s net worth as of 2022 is $4 million. Although she has a successful career, most of Russell Wilson’s ex-wife’s net worth is said to be because of the divorce settlement with him. Her ex-husband currently has a net worth of $165 Million with a $22 Million yearly salary, so it seems that the divorce settlement did not affect him that much.
Ashton Meem – where is she now?
After the divorce, Ashton Meem has fallen off the radar. She is apparently still working as an Advertising Operations Assistant at American Family Insurance. She also decreased her social media presence after the divorce. Although the star quarterback got married to the famous singer Ciara and has three kids, Russell Wilson’s ex-wife Ashton Meem does not appear to have gotten married after the divorce. Although the whole cheating scandal has no evidence to support it, she still came into the crosshairs of the public. This also became one of the reasons why she has not been active on social media platforms as of late.