Renée Ash gives Monty Lopez another chance after he 'misled' her

Renée Ash is giving Monty Lopez another chance after he “misled” her into an affair this year. 

The 26-year-old influencer and Addison Rae’s father, 46, detail the ups and downs of their relationship — and their decision to get back together — in an exclusive joint interview with Page Six. 

“It’s very different,” Ash says of their current dynamic, also revealing that this is the couple’s fourth time reviving their romance.

“I’m not giving him any leeway or excuses, but the first time around I was not a saint either. Second time, he f—ked up, third time, he f—ked up,” the Los Angeles resident recalls with a laugh.

“But he’s making a lot of big steps and it’s just different.”

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Renée Ash and Monty Lopez sit down for an exclusive joint interview with Page Six.

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Renée Ash and Monty Lopez sit down for an exclusive joint interview with Page Six.

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In July, Lopez was exposed for allegedly coercing Ash into an extended relationship under the guise that his marriage to Sheri Nicole Easterling was over when it was not.

Speaking from his mother’s home in Lafayette, Louisiana, Lopez claims that his divorce from Easterling, 43, was finalized “a couple months ago.” (In a 2020 interview with Seventeen, Rae noted that her parents frequently separated throughout her childhood before remarrying in 2017.)

A court clerk confirmed to Page Six that a sealed case filed between the exes exists in the Lafayette Parrish court system. However, Easterling did not immediately respond to our request for comment. 

“Our divorce is finalized,” Lopez asserts. “What I can do from here on out, I can move forward.”

The father of three — who, in addition to TikTok icon Rae, 22, shares sons Enzo, 15, and Lucas, 9, with Easterling — says they initially kept their separation quiet to protect the public’s “concept” of their famous family. 

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Lopez claims that he finalized his divorce from Sheri Nicole Easterling, the mother of his three children: TikTok star daughter Addison Rae and sons Enzo and Lucas.

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Lopez claims that he finalized his divorce from Sheri Nicole Easterling, the mother of his three children: TikTok star daughter Addison Rae and sons Enzo and Lucas.

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As Rae’s star rapidly ascended in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, her parents gained impressive followings as well. Lopez and Easterling each boast millions of acolytes across several social media platforms. 

“We didn’t think it was anyone else’s business that we were working through things,” Lopez says. “Even if we were working towards a split or we were working to rekindle, it was really no one’s business.” 

Although Easterling briefly “dated” rapper Yung Gravy in August — with an insider telling Page Six it was nothing more than a “PR relationship” orchestrated for “viral bait” — she seems to be riding solo today.

“Yes I am single,” her instagram bio read just days ago. Now, it simply states, “The best of me is yet to come.”  

Lopez is equally optimistic about his own future, and with Ash by his side. They recently spent time in the Bayou State, where she met his mother and more loved ones. They also have plans to celebrate Thanksgiving with Ash’s family in LA.

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Ash, a 26-year-old influencer, is giving Lopez another shot after he “misled” her into an affair this year.
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“We’re actually doing this interview at my mom’s house, so it’s kind of unique because she’s never been to Lafayette and I’ve never introduced my mom to anyone [after Easterling],” he explains.

“So my mom’s kind of freaking out that she’s even in town. I’m trying to show [Ash] that I’m serious. That’s the only reason she’s meeting my mom.” 

Lopez elaborates, “She’s an important person to me, so I definitely want to introduce her to my mom so my mom knows who Renée is. Because all my mom has heard of Renée or read of Renée is all on social media.”

Ash — who previously met Lopez’s mother over FaceTime and finds her to be “an absolute angel” in person — is looking forward to dispelling the myth that she is a “home wrecker,” a vicious label appointed by online trolls. 

“A lot of people call me a home wrecker,” she acknowledges, her voice full of frustration. 

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Ash recently spent time in Lopez’s home state of Louisiana, where she met his loved ones and celebrated his 47th birthday early.

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Ash recently spent time in Lopez’s home state of Louisiana, where she celebrated his 47th birthday early.

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“You just have to remember anybody who’s taking the time to go out of their way and write a rude comment, like, I feel sorry for,” Ash continues. “And I hope that they find happiness within themselves.”

Lopez — who encourages Ash “not to read all these comments” from people who want to “tear us apart” — is quick to point out the timeline of his split from Easterling, a critical detail that he believes should absolve his girlfriend of any harsh delineations. 

“A lot of people call her a home wrecker and, realistically … me and my ex-wife hadn’t been together for two years. I wasn’t with my ex-wife for over a year before I met Renée. So when Renée kind of fell into the picture on accident, everyone considered her a home wrecker,” he claims.

“We had been separated for over a year and a half, so it was really like I was starting a new relationship. But the whole world didn’t know that. And that’s what was confusing for the world.” 

Despite the challenges they’ve faced together — including secret breakups, makeups and a summer pregnancy scare — Ash says she and Lopez share a strong bond that offers her hope for a long-lasting partnership. 

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“I hope that they find happiness within themselves,” Ash says of online trolls who label her a “home wrecker.”

“We started off as friends. It’s like having a best friend with romance and sex on top of it,” she gushes. “So it couldn’t get better than that.”

But maybe it can. Lopez has promised Ash he is “cleaning up [his] act” to quell any concerns about his persisting “playboy” image. 

“I’m going in and doing a lot of things that I think she’d be happy with me doing. I’ve taken a lot of stuff down that she wasn’t happy with,” says the fitness enthusiast, who’s shirtless social media posts and TikToks with young Hollywood beauties have raised eyebrows. 

“So I’m just making sure she feels like a queen. I’m not doing shirtless TikToks, I’m cleaning it up. I’m not being bad. I haven’t been doing anything bad lately,” he continues. “I just let her know that I was ready to commit, so here we are right now. I think I was ready and she’s ready and we’re just taking it one day at a time … I love her.”

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Lopez tells Page Six he is “cleaning up [his] act” to assure Ash that he is ready for commitment.
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Lopez has also agreed to join Ash in therapy, what she considers another sign of assurance. 

“A big part of my life is therapy and taking care of my mental health and he’s agreed to do joint therapy with me. We haven’t started together but the deal is, let’s keep the past, anything that’s bothered us, in therapy. And then just focus on the present right now,” she says.

“This time, hopefully I don’t eat my words, but I do really trust him.”  

If it all falls apart — again — Ash is grateful that she is better equipped to handle potential heartbreak.

“For me, I’ve gotten myself to a really solid place with myself [through therapy] and I think that’s the most important part, is being solid on your own,” she says.

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“This time, hopefully I don’t eat my words, but I do really trust him,” Ash tells Page Six of rekindling her romance with Lopez.
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“Unfortunately, but just in reality, I know that if it doesn’t work that I’ll be OK. It just would be a little bit more exciting and better if we can make this work.”

Ash — who reignited her spark with Lopez this month after he begged her mother and friends to help him reestablish communication with the brunette bombshell — is currently all in.

The duo is so infatuated that they channeled Britney Spears and Kevin Federline by getting coordinating tattoos — a small heart on her finger; her birthdate on his wrist — before their trip down south. (Spears, 40, and Federline, 44, who divorced in 2007, got matching pink and blue dice at the height of their early aughts romance.)

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Ash honored her love for Lopez with a heart tattoo on her finger, while he inked her birthdate on his wrist.

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Ash honored her love for Lopez with a heart tattoo on her finger, while he inked her birthdate on his wrist.

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Ash also rang in Lopez’s upcoming 47th birthday a bit early with a chocolate chip cookie cake, one of his favorite desserts, in Louisiana. The occasion, which officially takes place on Wednesday, is a reminder that 21 years separate Ash and Lopez — a fact that doesn’t faze either party. 

“We don’t care. At least I don’t. Most of the women in my family are with older men, so … it hasn’t been a big deal to me. Other people don’t get it, and that’s fine, but no need to be rude about it,” Ash says of their intergenerational pairing. 

“A lot of people don’t understand it. In LA, it’s a common thing. [In Louisiana], it’s not as common,” Lopez chimes in, to which his love quips back, “Even in LA, people are bitches.”

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