Vanderpump Rules’ Ariana Madix broke her silence on Tom Sandoval and Raquel Leviss’ cheating scandal weeks after her split. Ariana ended her nine-year relationship with Tom in March 2023, following reports of his affair with co-star Raquel. The cheating scandal, now termed “Scandoval,” blew up after explicit texts between Tom and Raquel were discovered on the former’s phone. The two other players in the scandal have since addressed the allegations, issuing public apologies to Ariana. However, the Melbourne-born model has remained mum on the subject, save for a since-deleted tweet claiming she and Tom never had an open relationship, seemingly reacting to a Vanderpump Rules season 10 trailer suggesting otherwise.
Following weeks of anticipation, Vanderpump Rules’ Ariana Madix finally aired her thoughts on “Scandoval” in a lengthy Instagram post. She began with a note of gratitude to “friends, family” and strangers for “the outpouring of love and support,” also acknowledging how the massive support gave her the strength to walk through those dark moments.
Ariana went on to express her grievances, describing Tom’s affair as a betrayal. “To say I have been devastated and broken is an understatement,” Ariana wrote. “However, I know that I am not in this alone. So many of my closest friends are also grieving this loss right now and reeling from this betrayal on so many levels.”
VPR’s Ariana Madix Isn’t Letting Tom & Raquel’s Affair Break Her
Arianna concluded her writeup with the quote, “What doesn’t kill me better run.” The TV personality’s post attracted comforting comments from fans and celebrities, with most urging her to keep up the brave front. While this marks the first time Ariana has directly reacted to the cheating scandal publicly, several Vanderpump Rules co-stars weighed in on it. Hours before the post, Katie Maloney appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, where she shared an update on Ariana’s wellbeing, saying, “All things considered, she’s in a really good head space. She’s taking care of herself. I saw her yesterday and we’re excited. She’s excited.”
Katie’s update is undoubtedly a welcome development for Ariana after her long silence. However, “excited” is not a term one uses to describe their emotions immediately after a scandalous breakup, unless the split was something they looked forward to and possibly orchestrated. In Ariana’s case, the possibility of wanting an end to their nine-year relationship is unlikely. After all, previous reports confirmed that Ariana felt blindsided after discovering Tom’s affair. There have also been indications that Ariana looked forward to spending the rest of her life with Tom.
The same cannot be said about Tom, who reportedly sought ways to end their relationship long before the bombshell dropped. This was evidenced in his uncaring attitude as Ariana grieved her dog’s declining health in a Vanderpump Rules season 10 episode. However, his previous attempts failed, sending their relationship on a downward spiral. This explains his lack of an apology to Ariana in his first statement addressing the cheating scandal and only issuing one after Vanderpump Rules co-stars called him out. With “Scandoval” taking center stage during Vanderpump Rules season 10, hopefully fans are treated to a more probable explanation.
Vanderpump Rules airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EDT on Bravo.