Ashley recovered thanks to Stephen's devotion, and they were married.
Although Matt volunteered to marry her, Ashley decided the only solution was abortion.
Meanwhile, Victor found out Nikki was in remission yet still faking her disease so he filed for divorce, intending to return to Ashley.
Only Dina, Jack, Jill, Katherine, and Victor know the secret of Ashley's real parentage to this day, and John never found out before his death.
Ashley moved from the ranch when she found her and Victor being drawn to each other.
Dina and Kay tried to talk him out of it, but Ashley was traumatized by the news when he told her, and ended up with no memory at a roadside diner where she took the name "Annie" and worked as a waitress.
When Brent and Kay returned from a vacation together, Dina confronted Brent about what he had done.
Victor Newman ended up finding her at the diner, and took her home to recuperate with him and Nikki at the ranch.
Ashley forgave her real father just before his death, and vowed that John Abbott would never find out.
It wasn't long before Ashley was actively pursued by her sister, Traci's, ex-husband, Brad Carlton.
Before Ashley could give an answer to his proposal, Traci returned to Genoa City, determined to win back Brad.
Torn between her feelings for her sister and Brad, Ashley returned to her cottage in the woods for solace.