Ashlyn Harris denies cheating on Ali Krieger amid ‘brutal’ backlash to divorce: ‘I did not step out’

Ashlyn Harris wants to clear some things up.

The soccer pro, who recently split from Ali Krieger, posted a lengthy statement on Instagram about the end of her marriage amid rumors that she cheated with Sophia Bush.

“Let me be clear: I did not step out on my marriage,” Harris wrote. “I was always faithful in my marriage, if not always totally happy.”

The athlete explained that she and Krieger — who share kids Sloane, 2, and Ocean, 15 months — had been privately working out the details of their separation and divorce since the summer.

“We agreed to center our children, continue therapy, separate and to move forward with our lives,” Harris wrote.

They had planned to keep the split under wraps until the conclusion of Krieger’s soccer season.

However, the news was leaked beforehand, which she called “a betrayal of our deepest confidence.”

Harris wrote a lengthy message on social media about the hurtful messages and “online hate” surrounding her divorce.
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The former U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team member said that dealing with the subsequent “online hate” has been “one of the most personally devastating experiences of [her] life.”

“I have tried to let the fire burn out and what I’ve experienced has devastated my mental health,” she confessed. “This has been brutal.”

Harris shared that trolls on social media have encouraged her to “commit suicide” and even written “cruel words” about her children.

Harris and Krieger had been together for 13 years.
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The professional athlete explained that a “complex and difficult” situation has been made infinitely more difficult due to having an “entire community turn on me while I’ve been moving through this.”

“So many of you, including people who stand publicly as anti-bullying advocates, have cheered this on like a bloodsport,” she wrote. “As though a family in transition is on opposing teams. Like a divorce is a battle one person stands to win.”

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Harris added that her priority is to be a “good co-parent” to their kids.

“I’m hoping that instead of continuing this cruelty you can remember the simple truth that I’m a human being, a mom, and a good person just trying my best. I’d appreciate if you could take a breath and treat me and my family with some humanity,” she concluded.

The estranged couple shares two children.
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Harris, 38, filed for divorce from Krieger, 39, in September after nearly four years of marriage, stating that their union was “irretrievably broken.”

The following month, Page Six reported that she had moved on with Bush, 41.

The “One Tree Hill” alum — who split from Grant Hughes in August after just 13 months of marriage — has been a part owner of LA-based women’s soccer team Angel City FC since 2020.

Harris has been dating “One Tree Hill” alum Sophia Bush.
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In October, an insider told Page Six that Harris and Bush were “definitely a couple.”

According to our source, things took a romantic turn after the two appeared together on a panel at the Cannes Lion advertising festival in June.

Amid the ongoing backlash, Harris let her outfit do the talking this past week, sharing a photo of herself wearing an explicit baseball cap that read: “F—k off, respectfully.”

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