Ashley Leisinger is the former wife of actor, voice artist, and singer Bryton James. Leisinger’s ex-husband, James is known for the role of Richie Crawford on the ABC/CBS sitcom, Family Matters. Bryton currently portrays Devon Hamilton on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless. For the role, he won two Daytime Emmy Awards.
Leisinger and James were married to each other from 2011 to 2014. While James likes to remain in touch with his followers, Ashley seems to have decided to live a relatively reclusive life.
Bryton is seemingly happy with his new partner and things between the two look promising enough. But what about Leisinger? Has she moved on as well? And who was she before becoming Ms. James? Know all about her history as well as her current endeavors down in the content below.
Ashley Leisinger Was Married To Bryton For Three Years
Leisinger and James tied the knot on March 16, 2011. Bryton was then 31. Christian LeBlanc, James’ co-star from The Young and the Restless officiated the wedding.
In June 2014, James confirmed he and Ashley have since divorced but would continue to be friends. Sources claim they were friends since childhood.
Who Is Ashley Leisinger’s Ex-Husband, Bryton James
Leisinger’s former spouse has been acting since he was just two years old. Some people also know him as the 90s star kid. James, however, didn’t find instant fame; he took small commercials and magazine ads when he was first starting out.
The Californian major break came when he landed a role on Family Matters. In the series, he played Richie Crawford from 1990-1997. He then took a break from acting and decided to finish his education. After graduating, Leisinger’s ex landed a career-defining role on The Young and Restless, where he has been since 2004.
For his performance on The Young And Restless, Bryton won the 2007 and 2020 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series and earned nominations for the same award in 2006 and 2008. Also, from 2005 to 2008, he received four nominations for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series. He, though, finally won the award in 2009.
In addition, James is a voice actor. The 35-year-old has provided voice-overs for movies like LEGO HERO Factory: Rise of the Rookies and Young Justice.
After The Divorce, Leisinger’s Ex-Husband Moved On With His Co-star
As per CBS, after divorcing Leisinger, James started dating singer, Sterling Victorian. Contrary to rumors, he didn’t meet her on the set of the Young and the Restless. Instead, it was his co-star, Christel Khalil who had introduced him to Sterling. James and Victorian were together from 2015-2019 before calling it quits.
After that, James started dating his Young And Restless co-star, Brytni Sarpy. With Sarpy, things look like going well for James. The couple allegedly began dating in May 2019 and are even living together.
The General Hospital star, Sarpy told CBS Watch that she and Leisinger’s ex, James hit it off, from day one. She said she showed up for her screen test and didn’t know where to park. Bryan happened to be the person that she asked for help. She then didn’t know he was the one she was going to screen test with until they actually did it. Since then the duo has been inseparable.
What About Ashley Leisinger; Where Is She Now?
After Bryton and Leisinger’s separation, the former has, sort of, become a story of yore for the media. While, James moved on pretty well post his divorce from Ashley, the same, however, is hard to say for the other ex. Amidst the separation, they did assure their fans that they would remain friendly to each other, but they have hardly appeared by each other’s side in recent years; at least in front of the public’s eyes.
What’s more, considering her absence from social media, one could Leisinger like to keep a low profile. Accordingly, the answers to what or how she’s doing up to anyone’s guess.
Leisinger’s Net Worth
In light of the aforesaid reasons, Ashley’s net worth, too, is just another chicken & egg of a thing. It is rightfully a perplexing topic to deal with given Leisinger’s lost/forgotten legacy in showbiz.
Some, nonetheless, claim, her fortune to be in the region of million-dollar. But again, that is just because she is often mistaken for her ex-husband and it is his net worth that actually amounts to in the vicinage of $2million or so.
Leisinger’s Ex, Bryton James Was Friend With Michael Jackson
Ashley’s previous husband, James has often spoken about the friendship that he and his family developed with pop star Michael Jackson. A woman who worked for Jackson’s production company at the time appeared on ‘Family Matters.’ She provided a letter James had written to Jackson. The late pop king replied.
A few years later, Bryton and Raven Symone (from The Cosby Show) along with other shows and shorts presented Jackson with an NAACP award. James and his father then had the opportunity to meet the artist backstage. After that, Jackson invited them to his Ranch.
Over the years, the then young actor, Bryton, and his family became friends with Jackson, who remained in contact through the remainder of his life. The most awarded music artist in history even asked James to be a youth spokesperson for Heal The World. It was a charitable organization Jackson had founded with a goal to end poverty.
In Feb 2019, James defended his late friend when former choreographer Wade Robson accused The King of Pop of sexually mistreating him as a minor.
Leisinger’s ex-husband went to his Twitter and argued over his and Jackson’s 15-year friendship, neither he nor his family ever witnessed the Moonwalker conduct himself inappropriately with a minor, “or anyone for that matter.” He also added that during the time he worked with Mr. Robson as a child, he never once mentioned any wrongdoing.