How Ashlyn Harris Overcame Parents Divorce and Became a Millionaire

By RahulPublished on: May 1, 2024 Updated on: May 2, 2024
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When Ashlyn Harris and Sophia Bush arrived at the 2024 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, they turned a lot of heads, especially, as this was their first appearance together as a couple.

Clad in elegant matching black ensembles from Harbison Studio, they stepped onto the red carpet, confirming the buzz about their budding romance.

This elegant debut has naturally turned the spotlight onto Ashlyn, sparking curiosity about more than just her fashion sense. Questions about her net worth, background, and personal journey, including her sexuality, are on many minds.

This article aims to explore these aspects, so let’s get right into it.

Ashlyn’s Profile Summary

  • Birthday: October 19th
  • Age: 38
  • Ethnicity: Serbian/Croatian/Irish
  • Education: Satellite High School/University of North Carolina

Her Childhood Was Deeply Affected By Poverty and Parent’s Divorce

Growing up in Cocoa Beach, Florida, Ashlyn and her older brother Chris Harris saw firsthand the hardships of their family’s financial struggles. Their parents, Tammye Habovick (mom) and Mike Harris (father), were constantly working—whether it was day shifts or night shifts—to make ends meet.

Ashlyn Harris Brother Chris Harris, Mother and Father
Her mom and dad went through a nasty divorce. Source: Facebook

They even relied on food stamps at times. Ashlyn told Ambitious.com,

When I was a kid, I could see how much my family struggled; it was just part of our life.

Despite their hard work, the stress, depression, and addiction issues within the family took a heavy toll. Ultimately, these challenges resulted in a particularly nasty divorce between her folks, which, according to Ashlyn, really shook her brother to his core.

For her, it signaled a critical moment to make a change. She realized, ‘I needed to get out.’

After the divorce, her mother faced an uphill battle with alcoholism, which added another layer of difficulty to the already strained family situation.

Through all this turmoil, Ashlyn found an escape in Soccer. She said, ‘I knew if I could play, then maybe it’d be my way to college and I could get out of that situation.’

Meanwhile, her father has remarried. He is currently married to KC Carlsen. On the other hand, her mom lives a single life.

Fact: Her maternal grandfather James Habovick was a US Air Force Veteran and a Fire Marshal.

Her hard work Helped Her Become a Millionaire

Ashlyn has come a long way from her days of financial hardship, now boasting a net worth of $1.5 million, as of 2024. Growing up with economic challenges, soccer became her outlet and opportunity. And she definitely made the most of it.

Not only did she go on to create an incredibly successful career and along with made a lot of money.

In 2019, she shared with The New York Times that she anticipated earning between $300,000 and $400,000 that year, largely due to her successful career as a goalkeeper and lucrative deals with brands like Umbro and Nike.

Beyond her achievements on the field, Ashlyn is a vocal advocate for equal pay in soccer. In a talk with The Guardian in 2023, she talked about the pay gaps in the sport.

She pointed out the salary cap for NWSL teams, which is between $1.8 million and $2 million, a stark contrast to some male players’ weekly earnings of $200,000 to $500,000.

‘About 70% of our female players could earn more by using their degrees to get regular jobs,’ she mentioned, emphasizing that love for the game keeps many women playing even when it doesn’t pay well.

She Has Won Two FIFA World cups

Her soccer journey is one for the books. From humble beginnings to becoming a global soccer icon, her path was nothing short of exhilarating.

Ashlyn kicked off her professional career with a bang, playing for Pali Blues, Saint Louis Athletica, Washington Freedom, Western New York Flash, and even went international with FCR 2001 Duisburg in Germany.

From 2016 to 2021, she was a member of Orlando Pride, where her agility between the posts was unmatched.

Ashlyn Harris celebrating a win in a soccer match
Ashlyn won two world cups for her country.

Alongside her club career, Ashlyn wore the U.S. jersey with pride, helping her team snatch not one, but two FIFA World Cup titles in 2015 and 2019. Her time on the field wasn’t just about blocking shots; it was about making history.

And like all good things, her thrilling ride on the pitch came to a close. In December 2022, while playing for NJ/NY Gotham, Ashlyn hung up her gloves and stepped away from professional play.

Ashlyn Came Out Publically in 2019

Harris took a big step in 2019, when she indirectly came out as gay, following the news of her engagement to fellow US soccer star Ali Krieger. Whispers about her sexual orientation had circulated as early as 2010, but she kept it private for a long time.

In 2015, she addressed the public curiosity with a tweet.

Just because I choose not to share my private life on social media doesn’t mean I’m ‘closeted’ but thanks for your concern.

Despite not addressing questions about her orientation, Ashlyn and Ali often appeared together in photos, hinting at a possible relationship. And the news of their engagement put a final nail in the coffin of the longstanding rumor.

The Truth About Ashlyn Cheating On Her Ex-Wife With Sophia

When Sophia Bush and Ashlyn stepped into the spotlight as a couple in mid-October 2023, the timing of their relationship ignited a wildfire of speculation. Both celebrities had only recently finalized their divorces, Sophia from Grant Hugh and Harris from Ali.

Harris’s split from fellow soccer star Ali Krieger came particularly close to the announcement, setting tongues wagging about a potential overlap.

 

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The whispers of infidelity grew louder after images surfaced of Bush and Harris laughing together at a June 2023 panel in Cannes, suggesting a closeness that predated their respective separations.

The DailyMail even reported that Harris ended her relationship with Krieger right after returning from that trip, blindsiding her. Amidst the swirling rumors, a cryptic tweet from Krieger hinting at her “Beyoncé lemonade era” seemed to confirm suspicions of betrayal, adding fuel to the firestorm of gossip.

 

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Despite the drama, Harris clarified her new relationship’s timeline, explaining that she and Krieger had been living apart since the summer and decided to divorce months ago.

She stressed the emotional toll the public scrutiny was taking on her, pleading for a break from the harsh judgment and invasive comments that included encouragement of self-harm and attacks on her role as a mother.

“I have tried to let the fire burn out and what I’ve experienced has devastated my mental health,” Harris explained.

Krieger and Ashlyn were married from 2019 to 2023. They share two children, a daughter, Sloane Phillips, born February 12th, 2021, and a son, Ocean Maeve Krieger-Harris, born August 2022.

About Author: Rahul

Rahul has been diving into the world of entertainment in niches like celebrity, anime, and health articles since 2016. As a passionate writer, he combines personal experiences with thorough research to create content that's not only informative but also relatable and engaging.