ASHLEY Dupré shot to stardom in the midst of a filthy political controversy – here’s all you need to know.
After an intimate encounter with former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer in 2008, the 38-year-old found herself thrust into the spotlight.
Who is Ashley Dupré?
Ashley Dupré was born Ashley Youmans in New Jersey on April 30, 1985.
She traveled to New York City at the age of 19 to pursue a singing career.
However, in order to pay the bills, she ended up working as a waiter and was approached by the proprietor of Emperor’s Club VIP, a luxury escort agency.
What is Ashley Dupré known for?
Ashley rose to prominence after her identity was exposed in connection with the departure of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer in 2008.
She worked as Kristen after being scouted by Emperor’s Club VIP and was the call girl asked to meet with Spitzer.
Reports of their encounter at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC, surfaced days later, and he resigned as governor after only one year in office.
He was married to his now ex-wife Silda Wall at the time, with whom he has three children.
While Ashley’s identity was initially concealed, it quickly became public knowledge.
“If it wasn’t me, it would have been someone else,” Dupre told ABC News in 2008.
“I was doing my job. I don’t feel that I brought him down,” she added.
“I felt like it was surreal, like it wasn’t happening.
“But it was.”
Spitzer was caught in the scandal after investigators found suspicious financial transactions connected to him.
He issued an apology when he announced his resignation on March 12, 2008.
“To every New Yorker, and to those who believed what I tried to stand for, I sincerely apologize,” he said during a press conference.
“I look at my time as governor with a sense of what might have been, but I also know that as a public servant, I with the remarkable people with whom I worked, have accomplished a great deal.
“There is much more to be done, and I cannot allow my private failings to disrupt the people’s work.”
What has Alix Earle said about Ashley Dupré?
“My mom quickly kind of got me and my sister out of the house over to our cousins,” she said on Wednesday’s episode of the popular podcast.
“We stayed there for a few days and I had no idea what was going on.
“It was in like fourth grade.
“I started to kind of hear commentary from people.
“I’m Googling my family and all of a sudden, I see that the past two years of my life had been a lie.”
Alix described finding out about the affair and said it felt like the “world [had] crashed down” around her.
TJ and Ashley tied the knot together in Paris in 2013, but Alix explained it wasn’t a smooth integration welcoming her stepmum into the family.
“I was told that I had to be respectful to this woman,” the TikTok star said.
“I wanted to rip her head off.
“It was very weird because I felt like I was a 10-year-old having to be more mature than someone 20, 30 years older than me.”
The influencer also explained how difficult the scandalous affair had made her school life.
“My teacher in high school was talking about this governor’s affair and said exactly what had happened… [and] looked me in the eyes while this was going on in class,” she explained.
“I remember my classmates looking at me and like, laughing because this was about my family.
“I left school bawling my eyes out. I was so embarrassed.”
However, over time, Ashley and Alix have made amends and are now a “well-blended family”.
Alix has previously shared how her stepmum helped her navigate the tough world of social media and how to face negative press.
The influencer revealed her and Ashley are “super close” and have “gotten to such a good point”.
Speaking to Elle, Alix said: “Whatever’s happened in the past, we’ve all gotten past it as a family.
“One time I was overwhelmed about something of mine and I called my dad,
“He was like, ‘You should really talk to Ashley about this. She has dealt with this before, stuff in the media.’ It’s brought us closer because she’s able to guide me through it.”
Ashley was more than happy to offer some words of wisdom to the young social media star.
According to Alix she said: “‘Life goes on. Not everything is as crazy as it feels in the moment. People get past things.'”