Matt Lacker is a former host of The Real World, which he helped launch, and he’s been a frequent guest on the Bravo reality series since his exit from the show.
Lauer is currently dating his new wife, Ashley, and she has told The Daily Beast that the pair met while working together on the reality show.
In an interview with The Daily Dot, Ashley described their first date as a “dream” as they went to the airport together, but it soon became apparent that Lauer had a “strong” and “tough” side to him.
The couple said that Lacker’s “obsession” with her began when they were working together, and that it became more than just a “couple thing” after they were married.
“We were going to do a movie together and we just realized we could actually work together, we could do things together,” Ashley told TheDailyDot.
“He was so passionate about the idea of being with us and he was so interested in our lives, and I just thought that’s what I could bring to him and that’s how we ended up.”
Ashley, a mother of three, told TheDC that she and Lacker would often go to his hotel room to have drinks, but eventually, Lauer’s obsession with Ashley began to turn into a sexual desire.
“When he got to the hotel room, he was really into me,” Ashley said.
“It was a little weird because I had no idea he was having this crush on me.
I was like, ‘Oh my God!
You’re having a crush on my girlfriend?
It’s so weird.'”
Ashley explained that when Lacker went home that night, he began “talking about us and talking about me.”
She told The Huffington Post that Laker’s conversation was “so passionate, it was like he was talking about my body and talking back to me.”
They continued talking for hours, and eventually, they had sex.
“The night was magical,” Ashley continued.
“I just couldn’t stop thinking about it.
We both cried and we were like, I can’t believe he did that.
And then the next day, he went back to work and we went back and we had sex and we cried again.
It was just such a beautiful moment.”
Ashley added that Locker’s attraction to Ashley’s body wasn’t just a sexual one.
She explained that while Lacker had always been attracted to women, it had only been recently that he had started to “put his arm around” her.
“That was definitely something he had been really into,” Ashley explained.
“And then it became like, Oh my God, he’s attracted to me and he wants me.
He wants me to be his wife.”
Ashley explained, “It wasn’t a matter of ‘oh, I’m attracted to this woman.’
It was like ‘Oh, I just feel like we’re together, that I like this woman, and this woman likes this woman.'”
Ashley described how her new boyfriend had a tendency to use the words “she” and she had even once asked him if she could be his girlfriend.
“His first question to me was, ‘What do you want me to do?'” she said.
She continued, “And I was so, like, excited because I felt like we had found something.
He was like okay, ‘Alright, what do you think about this?’
I was saying, ‘I just think you could be the perfect wife.
I think you’re such a good fit.'”
Ashley continued, “[Locker] was just like, we need a good wife, so I just said, ‘Well, how about I be your wife?’
I just felt so confident and so happy.”
After Ashley had told Locker about her attraction to him, the two began dating, and they had a very close relationship.
“You have to have a really strong will to do something, because you can’t let something go,” Ashley recalled.
“If you don’t have that, you’re not going to be able to do it.
And if you don and you don’s, you don, like…
I don’t know if you’ve ever seen a good guy lose his cool.
Ashley also told The HuffPost that Lacking was “the best” and said that the two would often hang out together.
She said that while they were dating, Lacking “would tell me things about me, things that were funny and he would tell me funny things.”
Ashley told the HuffPost that they both believed in what they were doing, and added that they even began having “lovey-dovey” conversations about sex.
But things didn’t work out.
In September 2017, Ashley was found dead from an accidental overdose.
Lacking has been arrested on two counts of first-degree murder and has been sentenced to life in prison.
According to the arrest warrant, Lacker confessed to the crime while intoxicated.