Russell Wilson, the quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, and Ciara, his pop singer wifey, are a couple to watch.
But did you know that Wilson was previously married to a blonde stunner named Ashton Meem before his 2016 wedding?
Who is Ashton Meem?
Molly and Lang Meem only have one child, Ashton Meem, who was born on September 6, 1987, in Richmond, Virginia.
Meem went to all-girls St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, and subsequently, the University of Georgia, where she decided to stay for three years.
Later, she got her transfer into the North Carolina State University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in communications in 2010. She rose to fame, though, as a result of her marriage to NFL player Russell Wilson.
Facts about Ashton Meem
She celebrates her birthday on September 6.
She is the only child of her parents, who have been married for 44 years.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from North Carolina State University.
She is 5’10” or 178cm tall and weighs 115lbs (52kgs).
Her marriage to NFL player Russell Wilson boosted her to prominence.
She is also an event organizer.
Her estimated net worth is $4 million, which she earned as an event planner and advertising.
Ashton Meem’s Career
Ashton began her professional life as a media marketing intern, then as an art buyer and a consultant. Following her internship with Lewis Media Partner in 2009, she worked as an art buyer and print production intern for McKinny in June 2009.
Morton Consulting LLC employed her as an account executive. Later, she found work with American Family Insurance as an Advertising Operations Assistant. Ashton Meem has not stated how much money she makes right now.
In terms of wealth, her net worth is estimated to be $4 million.
Where Did Ashton Meem First Meet Russell Wilson?
Ashton Meem met Russell Wilson at Collegiate School in Richmond, VA, while he was enrolled in football, baseball, and basketball teams. Meem told the Richmond Times-Dispatch in 2012 that she and her husband-to-be had a short encounter in high school. It was love at first sight. “After that, we started seeing each other again at a summer party.”
When they were in college, the pair started dating and had a long-distance relationship. They had an on and off brief meet up in high school before beginning to date one other. They maintained their long-term affair even when Ashton went to the University of Georgia.
For closeness to Wilson, Meem changed schools and enrolled at NC State instead of her alma mater. Her partner Wilson was transferred to the University of Wisconsin to play football for his college after a year of Ashton’s graduation.
Which Method Did Russell Use to Ask Ashton Out?
Wilson planned a surprise trip at the Presidential Suite of an elite Cary, North Carolina hotel on August 1, 2010. He dropped down on one knee and proposed to Meem there, in front of their dog Penny, who had come to witness the event. However, her parents were made to wait outside for the post-celebration because Wilson had “arranged for everyone in the lobby to be quiet,” as he recounted.
When Ashton said “Yes”, it was the happiest day for both of them. After several years of dating and hanging out, the couple eventually announced their engagement in August of 2010. Ashton Meem’s engagement ring was an eight-carat diamond.
the couple chose to get married at the Country Club of Virginia after much deliberation on January 14, 2012. Being an owner of a small wedding planning business, Ashton Meem organized the whole wedding ceremony because she liked doing it.
Wilson had to postpone his honeymoon because of his NFL training at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, which coincided with the wedding.
Wilson and Meem were in love for a long time throughout their marriage. Within three months of their big day, the Seattle Seahawks picked Wilson in round three of the 2012 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year, $2.99 million contracts two weeks later.
What Went Wrong Between the Two?
However, behind the scenes, their voyage finally came to a halt. Russell Wilson, who had been married for two years, notified his fellow team in April 2014 that he intended to file for divorce. According to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times, he issued the following statement:
“I have made the difficult decision to file for divorce. Clearly, decisions like these don’t come easy. Ashton and I respectfully ask for prayers, understanding and privacy during this difficult time. Moving forward, I will have no further comment on this personal matter.”
On April 22 2014, the couple decided to call it to quit and parted ways.
Did Ashton cheat on Russell with Golden Tate?
According to some sources, Russell Wilson and Ashton Meem’s marriage collapsed after rumours surfaced that Ashton Meem had cheated on him with Golden Tate. Even then, Ashton rejected all of the allegations, and there was no hard evidence that she betrayed Russell. On the other hand, Russell opted to remain silent on the subject.
Percy Harvin, a teammate who allegedly punched Tate after the incident, was implicated. They made Golden write an essay explaining his reasons for quitting Seattle, his GF’s friendship with Ashton, and the ridiculous allegation that he had been punched.
According to his statement, he never had an affair with Russell’s wife and hence had nothing to do with their divorce. An extensive personal essay was written on The Cauldron by Golden Tate in response to the accusations, where he expressed himself thusly:
“I did not have an affair with Russell Wilson’s wife, nor did I have anything to do with his divorce. That is laughable for anyone who knows us. His ex-wife, Ashton, is still best friends with my girlfriend. Russell and I were good friends when I was in Seattle, on and off the field — he knows the rumors about me were unfounded, damaging to my reputation, and an attack on my character. Anyone who circulated that rumor was just plain irresponsible.”
No one has come forward to admit cheating to date, and there is no proof to back up the accusations. Tate’s girlfriend, Elise Pollard, was the only other person to speak up in support of her boyfriend’s denial of the allegation.
Where is Ashton Meem now?
Concerns have been raised over Ashton Meem’s disappearance from social media platforms. Since her divorce, she’s been largely absent from the public eye. But for the time being, it was mentioned on her LinkedIn account that Ashton is currently working for Your American Family Insurance as a marketing operations assistant.
Ashton Meem is rumoured to be single, though Russell Wilson has three children with his second wife, Ciara. Ashton keeps her life low-key; she does not post anything on her Instagram account since 2017. She has made her Twitter handle private so that no one can check up on her life.
She never said anything about what she hopes to accomplish with the relationship in the future. Still, Ashton Meem is only remembered for being the ex-wife of the top NFL player and Seattle Seahawks’ leader Russell Wilson. More often than not, she’s referred to as Russell Wilson’s ex-wife.