Sophia Bush and Ashlyn Harris are the latest power couple on the block. The actress and the soccer superstar are reportedly dating, fresh off their respective divorces. Harris parted ways with fellow soccer player Ali Krieger on September 19, after a 4-year marital journey, while Bush ended her 13-month marriage with her second husband Grant Hughes on August 4. Bush was previously hitched to Chad Michael Murray from 2005–2006.
Whispers of their budding romance have been making the rounds. According to Page Six, sparks flew when they shared a panel at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival in the South of France in June. They were later spotted together at a Women’s World Cup watch party in July. “It’s very new” but they’re “definitely a couple,” an insider revealed.
The same sources told Page Six that they enjoyed a “cozy” double date with Stacy London and her girlfriend, Cat Yezbak, at Chelsea Handler’s show at the Beacon Theater in NYC on September 29. “Ashlyn snuck into the theater wearing a mask“ to join them. Whether this was their first date remains a mystery.
So, who is the soccer sensation who has captured Bush’s heart?
Born on October 19, 1985, in Satellite Beach, Florida, Harris has an older brother named Chris. She was an active child, engaging in skateboarding and surfing with her brother.
Harris is known for her impeccable fashion sense and her soccer skills. She played club soccer with the boys’ team until she was 14 and achieved remarkable success in high school. She led her high school team to state championship titles in 2002 and 2003 and was named the nation’s number one recruit by Soccer America after her senior year.
Harris has been candid about her struggles with depression and addiction. She is a strong advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community and has spoken out against the sexism faced by female athletes and inequality.
Harris was previously in a relationship with her fellow professional soccer player, Krieger. The couple started dating in 2010, got engaged in March 2019, and tied the knot on December 28, 2019, in Miami. Megan Rapinoe, who played a crucial role in their coming out, was Harris’s maid of honor.
On February 14, 2021, the couple announced the adoption of their daughter, Sloane Phillips Krieger-Harris, who was born just two days earlier. The following year on August 16, 2022, they shared the joyous news of adopting a son named Ocean Maeve Krieger-Harris. On September 19, 2023, Harris filed for divorce in Seminole County, Florida.
Harris, a goalkeeper, has been playing professionally since 2010, after graduating and playing for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels. She played for the Women’s Professional Soccer League until it was suspended in 2012 due to legal and financial issues.
After a brief stint with FCR 2001 Duisburg, in 2012, she joined the newly formed National Women’s Soccer League in 2013, playing for the Washington Spirit. She later played for the Orlando Pride from 2016-2021, and wrapped up her career with NJ/NY Gotham FC in 2022.
Harris hung up her boots at the end of 2022, after 12 professional seasons. She is the first NWSL player to reach 500 saves and is a two-time World Cup winner.