Ashley Darby announced her separation from Michael Darby in April after eight years of marriage
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Real Housewives of Potomac alum Monique Samuels is opening up about how her friend and former costar Ashley Darby is coping since announcing her separation from husband Michael Darby.

"She's doing good," Samuels, 38, told Page Six,.

"The reason why Ashley and I get along so well is because we both focus on what we want the outcome to be," she continued. "We don't sit and sulk. So with her, she's going to be like, 'OK, this is the decision I made. I'm going to keep it moving.' And that's what she's doing."

Samuels admitted to being aware of "some tension" between the now-estranged pair, though she believes they still "work well together."

"If they made this decision to separate, it's because going forward, they know they're going to be OK," she said. "Whether that's OK together or whether that's OK co-parenting."

Monique Samuels and Ashley Darby
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Fortunately for Ashley, the Love & Marriage: DC star and her husband, Chris Samuels, intend to "be there" for the newly single Bravo personality.

"I just encourage her and just reiterate, 'I know that you're making the best decision that you know that you should make for yourself and your children. And I'm here for you. Chris and I are here for you,'" Samuels concluded.

She added of Ashley: "And she knows that."

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Ashley, 33, married Michael, 62, in 2014. They welcomed sons Dean in July 2019 and Dylan in March 2021.

Last month, Ashley told Bravo's The Daily Dish that the longtime couple had parted ways. She said that while many underlying issues — including their 29-year age gap and cultural differences — may have contributed to the split, "no one reason is the root cause of our mutual decision to go our separate ways."

Ashley Darby
Ashley and Michael Darby
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"We are now both at very different stages in our lives and have different goals for our futures. We both want the other to achieve true happiness and fulfillment and feel that we cannot do this together," her statement read. "While our romantic bond is broken, we will always love and respect each other."

She continued, "We also know that true happiness can only be achieved by continuing to work together and putting our hearts and souls into raising our two beautiful boys, Dean and Dylan. They will always feel loved and supported, for they were truly created out of love."

A source later told PEOPLE that Ashley and Michael were "having serious problems for about a year." But for Ashley, "the inconsistencies within the relationship and trust issues led to the split."