Real Housewives of Potomac star Ashley Darby is shutting down claims that she is a colorist after a heated exchange she had with her co-star Candiace Dillard on the Sunday (Nov. 13) episode of the Bravo show.
Darby headed to her Instagram Stories on Monday (Nov.14) to address the feud.
“So, I really hate that I have to say anything about this and that I have to address this, but it seems to have just gotten like way out of control,” she said. “First and foremost, I am not a colorist. I know everyone wants to deem me that. They want to make all these accusations about me because of my own skin tone, but I don’t claim that because that’s not me.”
She continued, “I always start at a hundred with people until you give me a reason to take it down.”
Adding, “That is all that has transpired. I still care about the women on this show and I hope that everyone — including them — knows that nothing that I will ever feel about you is because of your color of your skin.”
In case you missed it, in the tense scene Dillard starts by saying: “I’m a Black woman, and [Ashley] has made comments about my hair being dry.”
A flashback moment in question then pops up on the screen during a back-and-forth between the pair–before Dillard adds, “You have a privilege being a lighter-skinned woman with looser curls.”
Darby then responds, “The issue of colorism has to be addressed right here and now! I have never denied that light skin privilege and white privilege both exist. I am a biracial woman–I can’t do anything about it, Candiace! You always take the conversation between us to be about color.”
To which RHOP co-star Wendy Osefo asks Darby, “Do you think that colorism exists within this group?”
And Darby says that she does not.
“I don’t see any demonstrations of where colorism takes place. Because there are perceptions held within society, they try to project things in this group that don’t naturally exist.”
Dillard has yet to respond to Ashley’s latest comments.
Be sure to watch The Real Housewives of Potomac on Sundays on Bravo at 8 pm ET.