Sophia Bush and Ashlyn Harris were captured flirting on video in France in June – just days before soccer star Harris returned home and abruptly told her wife their marriage was over, DailyMail.com can reveal.
The footage, which was shot during a panel discussion on feminism at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, shows the duo sitting side by side, smiling and giggling with Bush even reaching out to touch her new girlfriend at one point.
Bush, 41, and Harris, 37, went public with their blossoming love affair this week and both are currently in the process of divorcing their spouses. They said they have only been together for two weeks.
The One Tree Hill actress filed for divorce from ex Grant Hughes in early August citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ while Harris initiated a formal split from wife Ali Krieger, 38, last month.
A source with knowledge of the situation has told DailyMail.com that Krieger was blindsided by the split, with Harris telling her their marriage was over with no discussion after her return from Cannes.
The source said: ‘Apparently Ashlyn came back right after Cannes, ended their marriage and said there was nothing to even speak about regarding it. Just over.’
Ashlyn Harris and Sophia Bush took part in a panel together at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in June. DailyMail.com can reveal that Harris told her wife Ali Krieger that their marriage was over just days after returning home from the trip
Ashlyn and Ali 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. ‘Ashlyn and Ali’s divorce began months ago and they have been living apart since the summer,’ a source said
Video posted to Instagram by bourbon brand Johnnie Walker showing the feminist panel event on June 19 includes a section where the new couple smile and giggle together, with Bush reaching over to touch Harris as they discussed ‘the impact that deep, creative partnerships can make to challenge societal systems and narratives.’
A beaming Bush is also seen telling Harris ‘love you’ during the public panel discussion.
The pair have claimed they have only been dating for two weeks, with a source telling People that there is ‘no salacious story’ behind their new relationship or impending divorces.
The insider added: ‘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.
‘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.
‘This is so recent, and they are both beginning new chapters.’
The new couple have been spotted together repeatedly in recent weeks and were pictured together at Seattle’s Lumen Field on October 6 where they watched OL Reign’s final home game of the season.
OL Reign’s star player is Harris’ USWNT teammate Meghan Rapinoe, 38, who has played for the soccer franchise since 2013.
In the clip, which surfaced on Tuesday, Bush is seen hanging out with Harris and a group of friends.
The video shows Bush and Harris walking side-by-side onto Lumen Field after the match before enjoying a celebratory chat with Rapinoe.
The 41-year-old One Tree Hill actress (right) has been linked to the retired United States soccer star and World Cup winner, 37, (left); seen in July 2023. An insider said: ‘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’
The pair met up in July at a La Copa Mundial Femenina watch party. The pair have said they have only been dating for two weeks
In a polaroid photo the lovebirds are seen posing with their heads pressed close together for a group shot
In polaroid photos shared by Kari Fleischauer, an executive at LA’s Angel City Football Club, the lovebirds are seen posing with their heads pressed close together for a group shot.
Weeks before their trip to Seattle, Bush and Harris enjoyed a ‘cozy’ double date in New York City with What Not To Wear star Stacy London and her girlfriend Cat Yezbak, according to Page Six.
An insider claimed that Bush and Harris have already been dubbed ‘Bushlyn’ by their friend group and that the soccer star ‘snuck’ into the Beacon Theater, where they watched comedian Chelsea Handler perform on Friday, September 29.
‘Ashlyn snuck into the theater wearing a mask to join Stacy, Cat and Sophia,’ the source told the outlet.
‘It wasn’t clear they were on a double date until Stacy moved over so Ashlyn could sit next to Sophia.’
It was not until ‘the lights dimmed for the opening act’ that Ashlyn decided to ‘[remove] her mask.’
Bush’s surprise rebound romance with Harris comes just two months after she filed for divorce from her husband of one year Hughes.
On Tuesday, a rep for the 41-year-old told Page Six that he wants Bush to be happy. The rep said: ‘Grant will always want the best for Sophia and is supportive of all that makes her happy and fulfilled.’
The divorce is the second for Bush who divorced her One Tree Hill co-star Chad Michael Murray in 2006 after a union that lasted just five months.
Ashlyn filed for divorce from Ali, 39, on September 19 saying their union was ‘irretrievably broken’
Grant’s rep said in a statement, ‘Grant will always want the best for Sophia, and is supportive of all that makes her happy and fulfilled’
Bush attempted to get the marriage annulled on her grounds of fraud, but her efforts were unsuccessful, and the divorce was ultimately finalized in 2006.
She then went on to date Jon Foster, her co-star on Stay Alive for a year. She also dated another One Tree Hill co-star Austin Nichols on and off for eight years.
Harris, meanwhile, had been with now-estranged wife Krieger for 13 years, with the pair meeting at a 2010 USWNT training camp.
The couple tied the knot in 2019 with Rapinoe serving as Harris’s maid of honor. The pair went on to adopt two children: daughter Sloane Phillips Krieger-Harris, two; and son Ocean Maeve Krieger-Harris, 15 months, in 2021 and 2022.
Harris filed for divorce from Krieger on September 19, saying their union was ‘irretrievably broken.’
Krieger has yet to make a public statement about her ex-wife’s new romance with Bush, but she did take to Instagram after the news broke to share a quote.
‘Sleep well tonight, sis. Major shifts are happening. Things are changing. Doors are opening,’ it read.