Bold & Beautiful’s Ashley Jones Reflects on ‘Tough Dark Times’: ‘I Can Barely See Through My Tears Writing This’
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Bold and Beautiful, General Hospital actress has come a long way.
Actress Ashley Jones, who has played Bold and Beautiful’s Bridget Forrester on a recurring basis since 2004, and who also appeared on General Hospital as Parker Forsyth, accepted the recent black and white challenge on social media, a campaign inspired by the soaring rates of violence against women as well as the brutal murder of a 27-year-old student named Pinar Gültekin. She used the opportunity to not only express her solidarity with Turkish women, and women who support other women, but also to reflect candidly on her own personal journey. Her heartfelt post began, “I look back on the past year and get so emotional thinking about certain tough dark times, I can barely see through my tears writing this. But here I am because God gave me the greatest support system that continually reminds me of my strength.”
The strong and talented Jones filed for divorce and a restraining order last fall against husband Joel Henricks amid allegations of abuse, and, happily, appears to be doing so much better. She updated, “I’m still just putting one foot in front of another, but sometimes look back and marvel- I’ve come a long way.” The actress took time in the post to thank God, her family, and added, “And thank you (you know who you are) for showing up in all the ways and ALL THE PLACES and carrying me when I simply couldn’t take another step.”
Ashley spoke to us directly saying, “It was August 17th that I had to leave my home with my son- almost a year ago. It’s interesting to look back the last year. But, Hayden is thriving and we are doing well trying to move forward and rebuild.”. We are also happy to hear her report that the domestic violence restraining order became a permanent order on Feb 20, 2020. The judge ordered full custody of their son to Ashley.
Jones, who rejoined her Bold and Beautiful family for scenes that aired before the production shutdown in March, summed up her post by saying, “There is a treasure in the trauma… look for it. That is where you find your strength.” She also encouraged her followers to flood the Instagram feed with strong women and thanked “the good men out there supporting us women.”
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#challengeaccepted #stillStanding #istandwithturkishwomen Updated: TURKISH women. We see you and stand with you. We want change for you. 🙏🏼💪🏼 #womensupportingwomen. I look back on the past year and get so emotional thinking about certain tough dark times, I can barely see through my tears writing this. But here I am because God gave me the greatest support system that continually reminds me of my strength. To my dearest family (given and chosen), thank you for your prayers and never giving up on me. Thank you for believing in me when I did not. And thank you (you know who you are) for showing up in all the ways and ALL THE PLACES and carrying me when I simply couldn’t take another step. I’m still just putting one foot in front of another, but sometimes look back and marvel- I’ve come a long way. I write all that to say, If you are going through the lowest valley of your life- keep going. Lean on the people that support you. If you believe in prayer, PRAY. If you don’t believe in prayer, try. Ask your friends to pray. And show up for one another. There is a treasure in the trauma… look for it. That is where you find your strength. If you’re scrolling Instagram right now—- I challenge you!! This is YOUR INVITE! flood the feed with strong women! My insta community is filled with them. Post a B&W photo of yourself and let our community know is who the backbone of keeping us up and running;) #womensupportingwomen. If you wanna say I nominated you… I’d be honored:) and will repost! Those that challenge me everyday (not just to post this;) but to be better, thank you. And to the good men out there supporting us women- 💪🏼💪🏼🙏🏼 we see you.
We’re pleased to report that Jones has also been back on set filming. Though she explained, “This is a TV movie, not shooting B&B,” we look forward to seeing her back on our television screens in the not-too-distant future!
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Day 3 on set filming! Feels GREAT to be working again since everything was shut down during quarantine. To answer questions you asked from stories: some productions are up and running following strict safety protocols. Every single person gets tested often. 💪🏼 This is a TV movie, not shooting B&B. But good news! New episodes of @boldandbeautifulcbs are back on starting Monday. Look closely—- you can spot yours truly;) Xx #workduringcovid19
Learn more about Ashley on her blog!
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