Priscilla Kelly, one of the top women’s star in the Indie scene, recently appeared as a guest on the Excuse Me podcast, where she was interviewed by pro wrestling legend Vickie Guerrero. Priscilla Kelly talked about the original plans AEW had for her, no longer being married to Darby Allin, but both of them still remaining best friends, and why she and Darby Allin got divorced.
Below are the highlights:
On the original plans AEW had for her:
“The thought was flown around for me to be put with him (Darby Allin) in AEW. They said, “You come in and you are his wife. You get kicked in the face and then he gets mad.” There were a lot of ideas thrown around from this person and that person about this and that. I explained to everybody that I could come in and do a wife spot that could eventually lead to me having matches or whatever it may be. But, here’s the problem with that.
If I came in and I’m introduced as Darby’s wife, I’m forever by the fans going to be known as just his wife. Then from there on out, everything I do in the ring or on a promo is going to be heavily compared to him and I immediately become Robin to Batman. I think so many people don’t realize, and I’m sure a lot of women would be ok with that kind of role, but me personally when I’ve worked just as hard and just as long for my career, I don’t want my entire work and passion to be credited or overshadowed by your partner.
I always wanted him and I to be seen as an equal powerhouse couple where we both bring our own thing to the table. People want to put you together with whoever you are dating.”
On no longer being married to Darby Allin, but the both of them still remaining best friends:
“We are separated. But even now, I’m still getting comments like, ‘oh, the worst thing you could have ever done was leave Darby.’ People assume it’s a good thing Darby left me.
People just want to assume that because we are divorced that it was Darby who dumped me or I dumped him and assume I hate it because he’s a big superstar. To me, none of that matters. To me, a lot of times people assume when they hear the word divorce that something horrific has happened and they hate each other.”
On why she and Darby Allin got divorced:
“With us, we realize we got married really young and really fast. He proposed after dating me for four months. That works for some people but for us, we realized we were not mature enough to handle that label of marriage.
Sometimes just the label of marriage can add so much pressure and stress to a relationship. It’s hard to get people who haven’t been married to understand that. Let’s remove this label and then let’s see how things go. Since we removed that label of being married, we’ve been getting along great. We are best friends.
We hang out all the time. We never have any conflict. We both still have little issues. We are both really young. We are still learning where we want to go with our careers and where we want our lives to go. It’s a lot all at once. I think people need to stop damning the word divorce because it sounds horrible, but sometimes you can get a divorce, spend a few years learning about yourselves and mature as a human being, and years later, try again and it probably would be a lot better.”