Young & Restless Just Dropped a Hint Like an Anvil: Was [Spoiler] Ashland Locke’s Sugar Mama?
We think we know which wealthy older woman from Genoa City was a part of the Locke Ness Monster’s past.
Young & Restless’ Billy has been none too happy about his ex-wife Victoria’s plans to wed the ruthless mogul from New York, Ashland Locke. He’s not the only one digging into the smooth corporate exec’s past, but he was the first one to find something while looking into how Locke built his empire — Ashland was once involved with a wealthy older woman. Several Genoa City characters came to mind, — and you know it’s going to turn out to be one of them…
The Grand Dame of Genoa City, Katherine Chancellor certainly had the money to back a handsome young hopeful just starting out, and she also had the clout, what with her running the successful Chancellor Industries. It would be an interesting reveal given Katherine’s close ties to Victoria’s family as well, but we have to wonder when she would have had time to fit in an off-screen relationship with Ashland amid her many on-screen romances and legendary battles with Jill. Which brings us to the next possibility…
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Jill Abbott or Nikki Newman
While it would be highly entertaining to see Billy’s reaction to the ‘wealthy older woman’ in question being his very own mother, it’s extremely doubtful. Though Jill fits the description now, she wouldn’t have back when Ashland was first starting out… in fact, she’s probably very close to him in age.
Likewise, Nikki Newman isn’t much older than the man her daughter’s about to marry, and she was far too busy with Jack and Victor back in the day. Moreover, if Nikki and Ashland knew each other back in the day they’ve done a darn good job of pretending they’d never met. If it turned out Nikki was funneling Victor’s bucks to Ashland when he was just starting out it would be quite a twist, indeed. But there’s another Genoa City gem who ticks all the boxes…
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Dina Abbott Mergeron
Jack’s mother, the recently deceased Dina Abbott Mergeron is the most likely candidate to have been involved with Ashland Locke. It would be a strange coincidence indeed considering that Ashland ended up married to a woman who had an affair with Jack’s son and bore a child by him, resulting in the end of Locke’s marriage — and yet we’re betting on this reveal.
Despite being the mother of Traci, Jack and Ashley — fixtures in Genoa City — Dina spent much of her time off the canvas and away from her children. Meaning she had plenty of time and opportunity to have dallied with Locke. We can easily picture Ms. Mergeron being charmed by the young Ashland and helping him financially to launch a start-up. Also, in the ‘as-subtle-as-an-anvil’ foreshadowing department — Dina’s name came up in the very same episode that Billy revealed his discovery, when Traci announced she’d written a book about Dina’s past exploits in France. Of course, Billy told her he was too busy to read it, but perhaps he should have made time — it’s a good bet there might be a chapter on Dina’s time spent playing sugar mama to a young up-and-comer!
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Do you think Ashland was involved with Dina… or perhaps Katherine? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section, but first, take a peek back at photos of Katherine Chancellor’s life and loves in the gallery below.
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<p>When <em>The Young and the Restless</em> debuted to so-so ratings in 1973, co-creator William J. Bell decided to give his baby a shot in the arm by casting primetime and movie powerhouse Jeanne Cooper as Katherine Chancellor, a society broad whose battle with the bottle was rivaled only by the one she fought with husband-stealing rival Jill Foster.</p>
<p>After Katherine’s “better half” Phillip Chancellor divorced her to make an honest woman of Jill — ha! Good luck with <em>that</em>, buddy! — the woman scorned shrugged and said, “Que sera sera.” Just kidding: Kay drove herself and her spouse straight off a cliff, a crime of passion that left him with a pulse <em>just</em> long enough to — d’oh! — marry Jill on his deathbed.</p>
<p>From there, Katherine and Jill waged war over everything, from Phillip’s namesake son to whose jewelry collection was larger. Jill thought that she’d finally gotten the better of the Duchess when she paid Danny Romalotti’s deadbeat dad to romance Kay right into the poorhouse. But the older woman, as usual, had the last laugh: She found real love with the bum who’d been made over into Rex Sterling.</p>
<p>When Rex’s former cellmate Clint Radison laid eyes on diner waitress Marge Cotrooke, all he saw were dollar signs. He figured he could use Katherine’s lookalike to infiltrate her life of luxury and empty her bank accounts. And he would’ve done just that, too, had Katherine’s son Brock Reynolds not returned to Genoa City with a leveler head on his shoulders than Rex (who dumped his “wife” for Jill!).</p>
<p>In the late 1990s, a lost-and-found letter from Phillip combined with a legal loophole the size of a crater to make mansion-mates of Katherine and Jill. It went… well, probably about as horrifically as you would imagine. Desperate, Kay ran off, got herself mugged and wound up meeting Mackenzie Browning, a homeless girl who turned out to be her granddaughter.</p>
<p>If Katherine and Jill were upset to discover in 2003 that they were mother and daughter — and make no mistake, they <em>were</em> (see photo) — their mortification was nothing compared to that of Mac and Billy Abbott, whose marriage had to be nixed owing to the fact that her grandma and his mom’s blood tie made them kissing cousins. Which, by the way, they weren’t really; Katherine and Jill turned out to be no more related than Nikki Newman and Paul Williams.</p>
<p>Nights of tossing and turning led Katherine to believe that, decades earlier, she’d tried to spite Jill by pulling a Sheila Carter and swapping baby Phillip III for another tot. Which was altogether believable, considering how much the women loathed one another. So Cane Ashby was warmly welcomed into the family as the real Phillip III… only to be revealed as an imposter sent to Genoa City by the not-dead-after-all Phillip III to lessen his loved one’s mourning.</p>
<p>While driving Marge to rehab in 2008, Katherine was involved in an accident that left everyone believing that she was dead (when in reality, it was her waitress lookalike who had served her last plate of hash browns). When at last Kay managed to reclaim her life, she also took her fifth husband, Marge’s pal Patrick Murphy.</p>
<p>No sooner had Katherine taken Chancellor Industries public in 2009 than it was targeted for a hostile takeover by sleazy Tucker McCall, who — what are the odds? — turned out to be her long-lost son. Actually, in Genoa City, the odds were pretty good, especially when you consider that the long-lost son for whom <em>he</em> was searching turned out to be Neil Winters’ adopted child, Devon Hamilton.</p>
<p>In 2013, Katherine took off on a globetrotting adventure with Murphy… from which only he returned. But she didn’t want to be mourned, she made it clear — not even by Jill (as satisfying as that might have been). She wanted all those she left behind to take their cues from her theme song and live, really <em>live</em>, until they died.</p>
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