Ashton Meem received a lot of backlash after rumors of her infidelity. It spread through the internet following her split from former Seattle Seahawk quarterback Russell Wilson, and she consequently chose to live below the radar.
Ashton Meem and Russell Wilson’s relationship was a teenage fairytale. Although they were private about their romances, they allowed the world to witness its growth over time until they tied the knot and later separated.
Following their separation, speculation around the reason behind the split gained momentum, with fans and outlets making all kinds of connections and theories, including infidelity on one partner’s end. Since the announcement of Russell and Meem’s divorce, the NFL player’s ex-wife has maintained a low profile.
Russell Wilson and his ex-wife, Ashton Meem, pose on the red carpet at The 2013 ESPY Awards Live on July 17, 2013, in Los Angeles | Source: Getty Images
Who Is Ashton Meem?
Ashton Meem may be chiefly known as the first wife of the famed NFL quarterback Russell Wilson, but she has led her own career in her private life.
Born on September 6, 1987, Meem is also a North Carolina State University alumna, attaining a Bachelor’s degree in Communications in 2010. Before transferring to NC State University in 2009, Meem studied Advertising at the University of Georgia between 2006 and 2008.
The 35-year-old resides in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she currently holds two positions as Advertising Operations Assistant at American Family Insurance and an Account Executive at Morton Consulting LLC. Meem has held both positions simultaneously for over a decade and continues.
A year before attaining her Bachelor’s at NC State University, Meem worked as an Art Buying/Print Production Intern at McKinney for four months. In 2008, she interned as Secretary and in Media Marketing at Lewis Media Partners for three months.
Ashton Meem has been notoriously private since her divorce. She reserves her social media accounts for only those she allows, with her Twitter being private. Meem’s last Instagram post was in May 2017, where she still referred to herself as “1ashtonwilson.”
Ashton Meem and Russell Willson’s Relationship
According to Suggest, Ashton Meem and Russell Wilson met during their adolescence. Following their wedding announcement, Meem revealed to Richmond Times that they had encountered each other twice before any romance ensued.
Wilson reportedly attended Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia, while Meem was not too far off at St. Catherine’s High School.
The pair have an age gap of a little over a year, with Meem being the older ex-partner. Meem recalled:
“We met briefly in high school. Then again at a summer party and after that started seeing each other.”
They graduated high school and attended different universities, but they maintained their chemistry through the long distance. Meem eventually transferred to NC State University and was closer to Wilson. In 2011, Wilson also moved to Wisconsin University to play football.
When Wilson was ready to pop the question, he devised a grand romantic gesture where he would propose to Meem at a hotel Presidential Suite in Cary, North Carolina. He also involved her parents, who waited quietly in the lobby to congratulate the former fiancees.
Their dog Penny bore witness to Wilson going down on one knee as he asked for Meem’s hand in marriage. The pair exchanged vows two years later, securing their marital union on January 14, 2012, in Virginia. That year, after tying the knot, Wilson’s career burgeoned.
Russell Wilson and his ex-wife, Ashton Meem, are photographed as they enter the Ed Sullivan Theater for the “Late Show With David Letterman” taping on February 3, 2014, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images
The quarterback earned himself a four-year-long $2.99 million contract and was chosen by the Seahawks in the third 2012 NFL Draft. Wilson went strong with Meem for a little over two years before deciding to file for divorce in April 2014. He released a statement in The Seattle Times.
Wilson lamented the difficulty of such a choice. He also spoke on behalf of his ex-wife, requesting prayers and privacy from the former couple’s supporters. Wilson concluded by declaring that he would not provide any more information or comment regarding his decision.
Ashton Meem Was Rumored to Have Cheated on Russell Wilson
Although Ashton Meem and Russell Wilson kept the details of their relationship under wraps, the former lovers were still not exempt from the media’s scrutiny. After announcing their separation, theories as to the reason why surfaced and swirled the internet.
The prominent rumor was that Meem had been unfaithful to Wilson, cheating on him with one of his former teammates, Golden Tate. Fearing the repercussion on his reputation, Tate responded to the speculations and claimed that the rumors were unfounded via a personal essay on The Cauldron.
The Lions player added that Meem and his girlfriend were best friends, and even he and Wilson were good friends “on and off the field.” However, as Wilson stated, after disclosing that he and Meem were divorcing, he and his ex-wife never addressed Tate’s statement.
In 2015, Tate expressed his disdain toward Ciara’s husband for his “radio silence,” as he didn’t know what Wilson believed, and the media tarnished his name. He claimed that he and Wilson still talked, but not as much as they used to.
Wilson and Meem have moved past that part of their lives. Neither of them has revealed a valid reason for their relationship’s end. Wilson moved on and started his own family, and no information regarding Meem’s personal life is available.