Some gain their popularity through hard work, and some negatively. One such lady is Ashton Meem, ex-wife of Seattle Seahawks forward Russell Wilson.
These lovebirds have been dating since high school and it didn’t take long for it to turn into something meaningful.
What’s more, the couple got married in 2012 and have been together for two years. And in those days, Ashton was in the news because she was the wife of one of the best prospects in the NFL.
But this fairy tale does not have a typical happy ending. The two parted ways, surprisingly without anyone understanding. But what was the purpose of their divorce and what happened afterward? Let’s find out.
Early Life and Education of Ashton Meem
Ashton Mem was born to his parents, Lang Mem and Molly Mem, on 6 September 1987 in Richmond, Virginia, United States of America.
The 34-year-old beauty attended St. Mary’s School in her hometown. She was 34 years old. Her future ex-husband, Russell Wilson, was also a high school student.
It was here that they met and began an eight-year relationship. After graduating from high school, Ashton enrolled at the University of Georgia.
But soon after, Meema decided to transfer to North Carolina State University because her boyfriend Russell was playing there.
The Career of Ashton Meem
With a degree in Communication, it is no wonder that Ashton Meim chose to work in advertising.
Soon after graduating from college, the Virginia-born girl interned at Lewis Media Partners and McKinney.
After gaining considerable experience, Ashton Meehm landed her first job at Richmond-based Morton Consulting as an Account Manager in 2011.
She worked there for several years before moving to American Family Insurance. She now works in advertising operations and seems very happy with her life.
Net Worth and Income of Ashton Meem
As of 2021, Ashton is said to have a substantial net worth of USD 4 million, accumulated mainly through her divorce from NFL star Russell Wilson.
Although Meem has a few businesses of her own, she acquired a huge part of her estate as a settlement after her divorce from Russell.
Moreover, Wilson’s net worth of USD 135 million is simply unbelievable. Thus, for the 31-year-old guard, divorce settlement did not seem to be of much concern.
Moreover, Russell recently signed a four-year, $140 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks in 2019. It also included a record $65 million contract and a total of $107 million in guaranteed funds.
The NFL star celebrated this happy moment with his wife Ciara. It did not take long for this video to spread across the Internet.
Ashton Meem And Russell Wilson’s Marriage
Ashton Mem and Russell Wilson first met as teenagers in the early 2000s.
“We met briefly in high school,” Mem told the Richmond Times-Dispatch in 2012 in the couple’s wedding announcement. “Then again at a summer party and after that started seeing each other.” The couple began dating and maintaining a long-distance relationship while in college. Meems transferred from the University of Georgia to N.C. State to be closer to Wilson. A year after graduation, her boyfriend transferred to play football at the University of Wisconsin.
On 1 August 2010, Wilson surprised her by visiting her in the presidential suite of a high-end hotel in Cary, North Carolina. There, with their dog Penny as a witness, he got down on one knee and got engaged to Mema. Her parents were waiting outside to congratulate her, but, as Wilson explained, “I made sure everyone in the lobby was quiet”.
The couple married in front of 300 guests on 14 January 2012 at the Country Club of Virginia. However, the honeymoon was postponed because the ceremony took place between Wilson’s NFL training sessions at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
Ashton And Russell Got Divorced in 2014
Meme and Wilson had an amazing honeymoon. Three months after they tied the knot, Wilson was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Two weeks later, he signed a four-year, $2.99 million contract.
But behind the scenes, their journey eventually hit a rough patch. In April 2014, Wilson filed for divorce. He made the announcement through The Seattle Times journalist Bob Condot:
“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.“
Was Divorce Happens Because Ashton Cheat on Russell with Teammate Golden Tate?
After the announcement of Wilson and Mema’s divorce, rumors spread about the possible causes. One of the famous theories is that Meema cheated on her husband with his then-teammate Golden Tate. Another former Seahawk player, Percy Harvin, reportedly beat Teit over the issue during the week of the 2014 Super Bowl.
Tate responded to the allegations in a lengthy personal essay published on The Cauldron. He wrote:
“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.“
He also tweeted that “the ignorant minority of people, bloggers and whoever else spreading ridiculous rumors should cut it out.”
So far, no one has confessed to infidelity and there is no evidence to support these accusations. The only one to come forward was Tate’s girlfriend, Elise Pollard, who supported her man by denying the rumors.
“[The story] was made up by a blogger,” she reportedly wrote in an Instagram comment section. “Golden, Russell, Ashton, and I know how stupid it is.“
What Is Ashton Meem Doing Today
Ashton Mims has been quiet since the divorce. Her Twitter account is private and her Instagram account, which she still calls Ashton Wilson, hasn’t been active since 2017. According to her LinkedIn profile, Meema currently works in advertising for an insurance company in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Unlike other wives (and ex-wives) of professional athletes who strive to make their partners famous, Meema seems to prefer to stay out of the limelight. As reported, she has not yet remarried.
Russell Wilson and Ciara
Many fans were unhappy with Russell and Ashton’s divorce, but the NFL player married pop diva Ciara soon after.
This may have been due to the typical heartache they experienced. The two broke up from an emotional relationship in 2014.
While Wilson filed for divorce from his first wife and college sweetheart Ashton Mem in April, Ciara broke off her engagement to rapper Future in December.
Despite this, it is unclear how and when the two broken hearts met.
However, Wilson and Ciara arrived hand-in-hand for the first time as a couple at a White House state dinner in honor of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Undoubtedly, their relationship caused a stir on the internet as fans raved about it.
Wilson spoke about their relationship in an interview at The Rock Church in San Digo. He confirmed their relationship while also announcing his decision to remain celibate until marriage.
“She was on tour, she was traveling, and I was looking at her in the mirror… and she was sitting there and God spoke to me and said, ‘I need you to lead her,’ and so I told her right then and there, what would you do if we took all that extra stuff off the table, and did it Jesus’ way?“
Fortunately, the pop star agreed, while saying that the couple could “love each other without that.“
Proposal and Wedding of Russell Wilson and Ciara
After dating for over a year, Russell took their relationship to the next level and proposed to Ciara’s engagement while on holiday in Seychelles.
Naturally, the pop diva beamed when she said yes. Wilson soon took it to Instagram and posted a video with the caption, “She said yes!”.
But before they could spend time as husband and wife, they both had to deal with Future, Ciara’s ex-fiancé. According to TMZ, the diva thought Future might try to kill Wilson.
The American singer also drew up a legal document against the rapper. She added various threats that the rapper made to Wilson.
In addition, she considered that Future’s Instagram post with a gun emoji directed at a football emoji was a reference to Wilson.
The rapper posted it along with his lyrics from the title track “Juice.” It goes- “Tryna f-my baby mama, dog what’s up with you? You gon’ make me get that heat, I’m pulling up on you.”
Despite the turbulent situation, Wilson and Ciara married at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England. Their beautiful wedding took place in July 2016, three months after their engagement.
Russell Wilson is currently the father of her three children, including one from a previous relationship with Future.
It started with an old photo of Ashton Meme and Russell Wilson, which NFL Meme shared on Twitter with the caption, “In honor of the NFL Draft, may we never forget the night Russell Wilson’s ex-wife thought she was set for life.”
Once the meme went viral, Twitter users became active and started sharing their opinions. Many of them joked about the girlfriends and wives of the NFL players present.
While the tweet was going viral, one fan said: ‘Poor lady, she’s crazy about her husband. She took a naughty picture and now strangers are taunting her to no end. I do not want to be arrogant, but do we really want it to be like this?