Sophia Bush has reportedly sparked up a budding romance with women’s soccer star Ashlyn Harris.
The 41-year-old actress and the 37-year-old athlete ‘are officially a thing’ – according to TMZ.
‘After being friends for years, and running in the same social circles, Sophia and Ashlyn went out on their first dinner date a couple of weeks ago,’ a source told People, noting the romance is ‘recent’.
The One Tree Hill alum and the athlete certainly have plenty in common, as they are both recently divorced.
So, who is Sophia’s new love interest Ashlyn? Find out by reading more below…
New romance: Sophia Bush has reportedly sparked up a budding romance with women’s soccer star Ashlyn Harris; Bush seen in an Instagram snap
A thing: The 41-year-old actress and the 37-year-old athlete (pictured) ‘are officially a thing’ – according to TMZ
From friends to lovers: ‘After being friends for years, and running in the same social circles, Sophia and Ashlyn went out on their first dinner date a couple of weeks ago,’ a source told People on Tuesday
WHERE IS ASHLYN HARRIS FROM? AND WHAT WAS HER CHILDHOOD LIKE?
Ashlyn was born to Tammye and Mike Harris in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
The 5′ 9″ sportswoman has an older brother named Chris.
The athlete played club soccer with the boys’ teams until the age of 14, and in 2003, she won the state championship with the U-17 Indialantic Force.
Harris attended Satellite High School in Satellite Beach, helping her team win championships in her sophomore and junior year, 2002 and 2003.
In 2004, Soccer America called her ‘the nation’s No. 1 recruit for 2004.’
Harris was also the first female to be named to four consecutive Parade All-American soccer teams.
Athlete from the start: Ashlyn was born in Cocoa Beach, Florida. During her senior year of high school, Soccer America called her ‘the nation’s No. 1 recruit for 2004’; pictured 2022
HARRIS’ IMPRESSIVE SOCCER CAREER
Harris joined Orlando Pride National Women’s Soccer League in 2016, and remained there until 2021.
The star, who also became the first NWSL player to reach 500 saves, was named NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year in 2016.
The former U.S. women’s national team goalkeeper retired at the end of 2022 after 12 professional seasons.
She made 25 appearances for the USWNT and is a two-time World Cup winner.
Soccer superstar: Harris joined Orlando Pride National Women’s Soccer League in 2016, and remained there until 2021; seen in 2019
Retired: The former U.S. women’s national team goalkeeper retired at the end of 2022 after 12 professional seasons; pictured in 2021
WHO IS ASHLYN’S EX-WIFE? AND DO THEY HAVE CHILDREN?
Harris was married to fellow soccer star Ali Krieger, 39, for nearly four years, with the two women dating for a total of 13 years.
Fellow soccer player Megan Rapinoe served as Harris’s maid of honor.
The former goalkeeper and the NJ/NY Gotham FC center back are co-parents of two small children – daughter Sloane Phillips Krieger-Harris, 2; and son Ocean Maeve Krieger-Harris, 15 months – whom they adopted in 2021 and 2022.
Unfortunately, their marriage wouldn’t last, and Harris filed for divorce from Krieger on September 19, saying their union was ‘irretrievably broken.’
Page Six shared that the split appears to be amicable given that they expect to enter a settlement to ‘resolve all financial issues’.
There is also reportedly an agreement that neither person can move more than 50 miles from their current residence.
They met in 2010 at USWNT training camp. In an interview with Allure in 2020, they admitted being teammates while also being in a relationship was difficult at times.
The ex: Harris was married to fellow soccer star Ali Krieger, 39, for nearly four years, with the two women dating for a total of 13 years; they are seen in 2023
Recently divorced: She filed for divorce from Krieger, 39, on September 19; seen in 2019
Co-parents: They are co-parents of two small children – daughter Sloane Phillips Krieger-Harris, 2; and son Ocean Maeve Krieger-Harris, 15 months – whom they adopted in 2021 and 2022
‘The team comes first,’ Harris said. ‘We actually don’t stay in the same room [on the road]. If we are in the same room, we’re in separate beds because sleep is a huge part of our recovery.
‘I think that’s the hardest part. We don’t get really good time together. We have to make time even though we see each other all the time. It’s tricky.’
Harris played 25 times for USA as a goalkeeper while Krieger, a defender made 108 appearances at international level for her country, both winning two World Cups in 2015 and 2019.
Krieger played in both of the finals where as Harris was part of the squad but did not make it onto the field for either game.
Harris played the majority of her club career in the United States, aside from two short spells with a team in Germany and another in Sweden.
Krieger, meanwhile, followed a similar path – playing in Germany for Frankfurt and a team in Sweden while otherwise staying in America.
Sweet: The duo seen holding one of their newborn babies in an Instagram snap
Like her new amour, Bush is also recently divorced.
The actress filed for divorce from her husband Grant Hughes on August 4 after 13 months of marriage, but they planned on ‘continuing to run’ their non-profit Bush Hughes Foundation for Progress together.
‘Sophia and Grant were friends for 10 years and bonded during COVID through their love of community service,’ a source close to the couple told People at the time.
It was technically the SoCal native’s second marriage after divorcing her fellow One Tree Hill co-star Chad Michael Murray in 2006 after just five months.
There is ‘no salacious story’ when it comes to the timing of their alleged romance according to People.
A source said: ‘Although it’s new information to the public, Ashlyn and Ali’s divorce began months ago and they have been living apart since the summer.’
HOW DID ASHLYN’S WIFE REACT TO THE NEWS OF HER ROMANCE WITH SOPHIA?
Though Krieger has not made a public statement about the reported new romance, she took to Instagram following the news to share a timely quote.
‘Sleep well tonight, sis. Major shifts are happening. Things are changing. Doors are opening,’ it read.
She also shared a clip of herself celebrating a soccer game win.
‘Thank you for an unforgettable night celebrating with my two beautiful kids, family, best friends, teammates, fans and incredible @gothamfc staff! I will never forget you. Thank you for making me feel so valued, appreciated and truly adored.’
Interesting: Though Krieger has not made a public statement about the reported new romance, she took to Instagram following the news to share a timely quote
In good spirits: She also shared a clip of herself celebrating a soccer game win
HER OTHER PASSION IS FASHION
Aside from her love of soccer, Ashlyn is passionate about fashion.
Her National Team US Soccer profile states that she has ‘a knack for mixing costume jewelry with designer clothing to craft a style that is both individually creative and impressively chic.’
Harris has had an interest in fashion since grade school, when she would ‘use markers and patches to spruce up her clothes.’
The World Cup winner ‘sees fashion as a great avenue for self-expression.’
Fashionista: Aside from her love of soccer, Ashlyn is passionate about fashion, which she sees ‘as a great avenue for self-expression’
Harris also has her own T-shirt line, and revealed that one of the reasons she enjoys fashion is because it’s a ‘great conversation starter.’
In 2017 she signed a multi-year endorsement deal with Umbro as their first female brand ambassador.
She was previously sponsored by Nike.