Sophia Bush Addresses Rumor She Left Ex Grant Hughes for Ashlyn Harris

Sophia Bush opened up about the end of her marriage to Grant Hughes—and the beginning of her new romance with girlfriend Ashlyn Harris—in a new and deeply personal essay.

By Hayley Santaflorentina Apr 25, 2024 1:52 PMTags
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Sophia Bush doesn't wanna be anything other than herself. 

The One Tree Hill alum recently opened up about the changes she's undergone in her personal life in recent years, including her split from ex-husband Grant Hughes and the beginning of a romantic relationship with longtime friend Ashlyn Harris. A relationship—she wants to make clear—that began completely above board, despite rumors to the contrary. 

"There was a lot that quickly turned ugly," Sophia wrote in an essay for Glamour published April 25. "People looking in from the outside weren't privy to just how much time it took, how many painful conversations were had. What felt like seconds after I started to see what was in front of me, the online rumor mill began to spit in the ugliest ways."

She continued, "There were blatant lies. Violent threats. There were accusations of being a home-wrecker. The ones who said I'd left my ex because I suddenly realized I wanted to be with women—my partners have known what I'm into for as long as I have (so that's not it, y'all, sorry!)."

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In fact, the 41-year-old says any ideas that her relationship with Ashlyn developed from anything other than time and a preexisting friendship have no basis. 

"The idea that I left my marriage based on some hysterical rendezvous—that, to be crystal-clear, never happened—rather than having taken over a year to do the most soul crushing work of my life? It feels brutal," she wrote. "Just because I didn't want to process my realizations in real time on social media and spell them out for the world doesn't mean the journey wasn't long and thoughtful and exhaustive."

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Instead, the Chicago PD alum shared she'd had doubts leading up to her June 2022 nuptials, and it took another year after that to truly realize she'd made a mistake. But as her history and present became closely scrutinized, Sophia said it was hard not to defend her loved ones. 

"It's painful to be doing deep work and have it picked apart by clueless strangers," she explained. "Everyone that matters to me knows what's true and what isn't. But even still there's a part of me that's a ferocious defender, who wants to correct the record piece by piece."

She continued, "But my better self, with her earned patience, has to sit back and ask, What's the f--king point? For who? For internet trolls? No, thank you."

These days, Sophia is instead reveling in her newfound happiness—a level of which she said she's never felt before. 

"I finally feel like I can breathe," she wrote. "I am so lucky to be here, now. I have real joy. It took me 41 years to get here."

She added, "When I take stock of the last few years, I can tell you that I have never operated out of more integrity in my life. I hope that's clear enough for everyone speculating out there, while being as gentle as I possibly can be."

Read on for Sophia and Ashlyn's cutest pics.

Cannes Selfie

While attending the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, the soccer star posted this selfie with the One Tree Hill alum and basketball player Sue Bird.

Summer Celebration

In July 2023, the pair attended a watch party in Los Angeles for the FIFA Women's World Cup. 


The duo was photographed cheering alongside Michelle Akers and Linda Gancitano.

Art Basel Beauties

While attending Art Basel in December 2023, Michelle Tillou shared this Instagram photo with Ashlyn and Sophia.

Award Season Style

The duo struck a pose with Eric McCormack at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 32nd Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party in March 2024.

Group Shot

The pair also spent time with Stephanie Nguyen and Bobby Berk at the star-studded gathering.

Red Carpet Debut

Ashlyn and Sophia made their red carpet debut at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in April 2024.

Late Night

Following the dinner, the couple cozied up at an after-party at the Swiss ambassador's residence.

City of Love

Sophia and Ashlyn enjoyed a romantic trip to Paris in May 2024.

Say Oui

The Chicago P.D. actress captioned this cozy-looking snapshot from a May 2024 Paris trip, "Happiness looks goo on you, baby."

J'Adore Paris

Sophia also shared this group pic from their trip to Paris in May 2024.

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