Ariana Madix is clapping back at her “Vanderpump Rules” co-star Jax Taylor after he insinuated she is a lesbian despite her dating his best friend, Tom Sandoval, for several years. Jax threw out the accusations after the season 8 premiere aired when he appeared on Andy Cohen‘s “Watch What Happens Live” with his wife, Brittany Cartwright, on Tuesday. During the after-show, a fan called in and asked the star if his tension with Sandoval stemmed from Tom feeling like he’s behind left in the dust.
“[Do] you feel like Tom Sandoval is removed from your wedding and being as involved just because he’s jealous? … He’s about to fall behind the group. He’s not gonna get married because Ariana doesn’t want it, probably not gonna have kids ‘cause Ariana doesn’t want it,” the caller wondered. That’s when Jax Taylor put his foot in his mouth and mumbled under his breath, “She likes women.” Brittany Cartwright was clearly annoyed at his answer and said, “Don’t say that! Don’t say that.”
“Sorry,” the SUR bartender responded. “I didn’t mean that. I’m sorry!” Andy Cohen did not let it go and asked Jax, “You think Ariana likes women? What do you mean you didn’t mean it? You just said it.” Trying to backtrack, Jax Taylor tried to play his response off like it was “an accident.” Clearly, in the doghouse with his wife, Brittany Cartwright interrupted and attempted to control the narrative. “She likes everybody — just like most of us do!” she said, to which Jax responded, “Just own it. That’s fine. Just don’t lie about it.”
Ariana Madix must have been watching “WWHL” because she immediately responded to Jax’s claims on social media. Taking to Twitter, the former SUR bartender set the record straight by writing, “I DO like women ? AND men. it’s called being bisexual. ever heard of it?” She then hashtagged “this isn’t hard.” Fans watched the “Vanderpump Rules” season opener that showed the strained relationship between best friends Jax Taylor and Tom Sandoval. In the episode, Jax demoted Tom after they had a falling out following both “Pump Rules” stars buying new homes. Sandoval felt like Jax was competing with him so he pulled away weeks before his wedding to Brittany. Later in the episode, the two were forced to talk it out and Tom Sandoval was reinstated as Jax Taylor’s best man.