The True Story Behind The Separation of Russell Wilson and Ashton Meem

Raised in Richmond, Virginia, USA, Ashton Meem is an advertising operations assistant and event planner. She is best known for her relationship, marriage with famous American footballer Russell Wilson and their divorce. She was born on 6 September 1987, celebrates her birth anniversary every year, and will turn 35 years this 2022.

Early Life and Education

Ashton Meem is the first and only daughter of her parents, Lang and Molly Gayle Meem. She was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Her parents were alumni of the high school she attended and had started supporting the school as an alumnus way back before they had. They always encouraged her to partake in school sports and other extracurricular activities growing up.

She enrolled in St. Catherine’s High School in 2006. After which, she proceeded to the University of Georgia to further her studies, where she took up advertising as a side business. In 2010, Ashton moved to North Carolina State University, where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Communications.

Top 10 Facts About Ashton Meem

  1. Before her marriage to Wilson, Meem worked with a well-recognized company as a marketing strategist.
  2. On 1 August 2010, Wilson made a surprise Ashton proposal. They got married in the presence of about 300 guests.
  3. Emmanuel Acho, an ESPN analyst, mocked Seattle Seahawks star Russell Wilson’s ex-wife Ashton Meem. In his words, “Remember, girlfriends, to keep it cool.” “It’s not where you start but where you finish,”
  4. Her husband plays for the Seattle Seahawks as a quarterback and is one of the highest-paid football players in the USA.
  5. She cheated on Wilson with another NFL player, Golden Tate, and Ashton got embroiled in a rumor.
  6. Russell and Ashton became a couple in their college days and met only on rare occasions. She had a long-distance relationship with him until their university days.
  7. The social media tolled Ashton because of her overexcited expressions when Seattle Seahawks drafted her husband as the 75th pick.
  8. Although she came to the media spotlight through her relationship with Russell, Wilson stays off the media and doesn’t talk to or reply to any media source.
  9. Fans and followers referred to Ashton Meem as a gold digger one time.
  10. Russell, who is now her ex-husband, is married to someone else named Ciara, while Ashton is still unmarried.

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Upon graduating from the University, she started her career as an intern. Ashton had a brief period with Lewis Media Partners as Secretary and Media Marketing Intern. The internship lasted for about three months spanning from June to August of 2008. After a year, she had another training with McKinney in Durham, North Carolina. Her boss assigned her to the Art Buying and Print Production Department, which spanned four months from June to September of 2009. 

Ashton later became an Account Executive for Morton Consulting LLC, a provider of Information Technology staffing services in Richmond, Virginia, in 2010. Her Job at Morton Consulting LLC was her first job after gaining beneficial and valuable experiences. Subsequently, after working for Morton Consulting for some time, she went on to work for American Family Insurance in 2011. However, Ashton now works in advertising operations and happens to be remarkably happy with her life.

Ashton Meem Personal Life

Before Meem’s marriage to Russell, the bigger world in social media did not recognize Ashton. Except for her family and friends, who played a more active role in supporting her right from her high school days. However, Ashton Meem attracted the spotlight when she married her high school sweetheart Russell Wilson in 2012. He had a beautifully romantic surprise proposal using their dog to pop the question. He made the dog wear a brand new rhinestone collar. 

In an interview, she said that on the dog tag, it says, ‘Hey Mom, Dad has a question he wants to ask you.’ When she turned, Wilson had already bent on a knee with beautiful red roses scattered all over the floor. And her favorite chocolates and champagne were on the dining table. Ashton’s parents were outside too, with their dog. The proposal happened inside a Presidential Suite Instead Hotel and Spa, which turned out to be one successful proposal.

Ashton Meem: Pictures of Russell Wilson's ex Wife
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Russell proposes to Ashton Meem.

He proposed to her in 2010, and they both worked down the aisle in 2012. The wedding took place at the Country Club of Virginia, with a backdrop of twenty full-sized trees and incredible lighting. Three hundred people attended the wedding. Furthermore, the wedding ceremony was such a well-planned event that awed the guest how the whole celebration went. Some persons later discovered that Ashton organized every detail of her wedding and considered having a career as an event planner.

However, two years into the marriage, in April of 2014, Russell filed for divorce. It astonished people, mainly because of how spectacular their relationship story was. The duo sustained a problematic long-distance relationship during their college days, which became easier to handle after neem moved to the University of Wisconsin to spend more time with Russel after spending three years at the University of Georgia. Rusell didn’t release any official statement to the public except for the information he released through his PR team. 

 The statement read-‘I’ve made the difficult decision to file for divorce. Ashton and I respectfully ask for prayers, understanding, and privacy during this difficult time.’ Both parties were pretty quiet after the announcement. Ashton is currently single, and there is no information about her dating anyone.

Who is Russell Wilson?

Russell Carrington Wilson was born to his parents Harrison Benjamin Wilson III, a lawyer, and Tammy Turner, a legal nurse consultant. His parents raised him alongside his siblings in Richmond, Virginia. In 2006, he enrolled at Collegiate School, where he served as senior class president, and by May of 2010, he graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication. He further took graduate-level business courses during the football season the same year. In 2011, he transferred to the University of Wisconsin, where he played for the Wisconsin Badgers football team.

Russell Wilson Football Career

He finished his college football career and high school with impressive stats and commendations, leading his teams to numerous victories and winning individual awards. The Seattle Seahawks drafted him in 2012 as the 75th overall pick. Even though the organization did not pick Wilson as the 1st overall due to his height, he became one of the most prolific football players in the world. He led his team to win the Super Bowl XLVIII, the shortest quarterback and just the second black starting quarterback to win it.

With numerous victories, his hard work paid off. In 2019, he became the highest-paid player in the NFL after signing a $140 million four-year contract with the Seahawks. Russell, after his divorce, got married to R&B singer Ciara and has a daughter, Sienna Princess Wilson. She was born on 28 April 2017.

Ashton Neem on Social Media

The 35 years old divorcee has maintained a low profile since her divorce. However, She is accessible via social media. Though her Twitter account is private; however, on her Instagram account, she has over 17.7k followers.


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Net Worth

Even though Ashton Meem has her business, a career in advertising, and, as previously noted, works for the American Family Insurance, she received a large portion of her fortune as part of the settlement from her divorce from Russel. She has acquired a net worth of approximately $4 million. 

Latest news on Ashton Neem

Meem currently works advertising for an insurance company in Raleigh, North Carolina, and resides there too. Unlike other pro-athlete wives or ex-wives who would strive to match their spouses’ celebrity status. Meem prefers to remain out of the media’s spotlight. She lives a very private life, so there is limited information about her asides from her relationship and divorce episode with Russell Wilson.


While Russell Wilson is currently married to R&B singer and dancer Ciara, Ashton Meem is not in a relationship and is happily single. Furthermore, she changed her name on IG to Ashton Garrett, which suggests that she could as well be married the second time. However, there is no confirmation of that news. Ashton leads a relatively private life, whereas fans and followers publicize Wilson and Ciara’s relationship.

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