In a recent interview, Ariana Madix opened up about the impact of the affair between her ex-boyfriend Tom Sandoval and her close friend Raquel Leviss on her ability to trust in future relationships.
The scandal, dubbed “Scandoval” by fans, thrust Madix into the spotlight, with public figures like Jennifer Lopez and Kristin Chenoweth commenting on the situation. Despite the highly publicized betrayal, Madix thanked the public for the overwhelming support.
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Ariana Madix Opens Up About Her Struggles, Says She’s ‘Getting There’
Following the recent events involving Ariana Madix, it is no surprise that the “Vanderpump Rules” star may have trust issues.
In an interview with People magazine, Madix shed light on how the months-long affair between her former partner, Tom Sandoval, and their “Vanderpump Rules” co-star, Raquel Leviss, has deeply impacted her perception of future relationships. Nevertheless, she remains hopeful that she can again find the strength to place her faith in someone new.
During the interview, while promoting her new collaboration with BIC EasyRinse razors, Madix stated, “When this first happened, I really thought, ‘I don’t know how I can trust anyone again.”
She continued, “A friend of mine — about 10, 11 days after I found out — encouraged me not to lose that part of myself; to still see the good in people, and to trust people, and to be loyal to my friends and my relationships. And I was kind of like, ‘Yeah, I don’t know about that…”
“However,” Madix added, “Her saying that, and hearing that from others too, has really helped me move forward. I’m getting there at my own pace.”
Ariana Madix Thanks The Public For Their Support
In March, Madix, 37, discovered that her longtime partner of nine years, Sandoval, 40, had been involved in a secret affair with her best friend, Leviss. This scandalous revelation, nicknamed “Scandoval” by fans, sent shockwaves across the Bravo nation, thrusting Madix into a spotlight she had never experienced in her entire decade on the show.
The news even reached the ears of renowned stars like Jennifer Lopez, Kristin Chenoweth, Molly Shannon, and others, who openly commented on the situation.
Overwhelmed by the outpouring of support, Madix expressed her astonishment, saying, “I’ve been absolutely floored by the support. There is a pretty long and very incredible, mind-blowing list of people who have spoken out about it or even just have, like, any knowledge of any of it at all.” She continued, “And I swear, every single time, my jaw is on the floor, and it’s me and my friends in our group chat being like, ‘Are you freaking kidding me? This is insane!'”
She concluded, per People, “These individuals are my personal heroes, so it’s truly surreal to think that they are aware of my existence on this planet.” “Dealing with such a private matter in the public eye has undoubtedly added an extra layer of insanity to the whole experience. Nevertheless, the support from the public has been absolutely amazing and has meant the world to me.”
Her New Business Collaboration
Alongside her newfound fame, Madix has embraced fresh opportunities, including her recent collaboration with BIC EasyRinse razors; a partnership that couldn’t have come at a better moment, she explains. The product serves as a symbolic representation of Madix’s current life journey.
“It’s time for me to get free and unclogged,” Madix said. “With so many exciting things going on in my life, the last thing I want to do is stand in my shower, banging my razor against the wall, wasting water trying to unclog. So, in addition to unclogging my life, I’m also unclogging my razor with Bic. It’s very exciting.”
Ariana Madix Finds Love Again
It seems Madix has found love again as she embarks on a new romance with Daniel Wai, a fitness instructor whom she met through mutual friends at a wedding in Mexico a mere ten days after “Scandoval” happened.
“He is very cute and just the kindest person,” Madix shared in her interview with People. “I think that in so many ways, not just romantically, but professionally and on so many levels, it feels like a completely new and amazing energy right now.”
During a recent appearance on “Today” with Hoda and Jenna, Madix expressed her surprise at finding herself in a new relationship, stating, “In no way, shape, or form did I go into that thinking anything,” she said. “And I’ve just been taking things very, very, slow and really enjoying myself.”