Ariana Madix Opens Up About Tom Sandoval Breakup and Raquel Affair


March 16, 2023 | 2h27

Ariana Madix has broken her silence after her longtime boyfriend Tom Sandoval had an affair with their ‘Vanderpump Rules’ co-star Raquel Leviss.

Madix took to Instagram for the first time, saying she was “devastated and broken” since hearing the news, but thanked her friends and fans for the “outpouring of love and support “.

“Hi. where to start?” she wrote to her 1.4 million followers on the platform with a photo of herself in Mexico.

“I want to express my deepest gratitude for the outpouring of love and support I have received from friends, family and people I have never even met over the past two weeks.”

“When I felt like I couldn’t even stand, you all gave me the strength to carry on and saw me through my darkest hours,” she added.

Madix said “what doesn’t kill me running better” in his first post since learning about the “Scandoval”.

“To say I was devastated and broken is an understatement. however, I know I’m not alone in this,” wrote Madix, who dated Sandoval for nearly a decade.

“Many of my closest friends are also mourning this loss at this time and reeling from this betrayal on so many levels.”

“I’m so lucky to have the best support system in the world and I hope I can thank everyone for the love you’ve shown me,” she continued.

“What doesn’t kill me is better to run,” she concluded her long caption.

His comments come after Page Six confirmed on March 3 that Madix, 37, and Sandoval, 39, had broken up once she discovered he and Leviss, 28, had “communicated inappropriately for months. “.

Ariana Madix has spoken out for the first time since Tom Sandoval cheated on her.

A source told us at the time that Madix was “blindsided” by the banter and had “no idea there were any issues” between her and Sandoval, who she had been dating since 2013.

Not only that, but Madix and Leviss had grown closer in recent months, leaving the Something About Her co-owner feeling “betrayed by her friend.”

We heard Madix ‘find out’ about the couple’s ‘complete affair’ on March 1 while attending Sandoval’s cover band show, where he gushed about the ‘respect’ for his now ex-girlfriend. friend.

When asked how their relationship has stood the test of time, Sandoval said he and Madix are “really good at respecting each other.”

Noting that although they had their “ups and downs,” the bartender said they both supported each other “in a reasonable way.”

Madix and Sandoval dated for almost a decade.

As news of the full-blown affair emerged, Sandoval and Leviss respectively released statements on social media.

“I want to apologize to Ariana. I made mistakes, was selfish, and made reckless decisions that hurt someone I love,” Sandoval wrote last week.

“No one deserves to feel this pain in such a traumatic and public way. I can only imagine how devastating it was for Ariana and everyone around us.”

“I feel really awful about it,” he continued. “My biggest regret is that I disgraced Ariana. I never wanted to disappoint so many people, including our loving families and friends…I owed Ariana better.

For her part, Leviss released a lengthy statement in which she blamed the affair on her “addiction” to love and vowed to do better from now on.

Leviss blamed the affair on his “addiction” to love and vowed to do better from now on.

“I’m reflecting on my choices, talking to a counselor, and learning things about myself, like my patterns of codependency and reliance on being and feeling loved,” she wrote.

“I have sought emotional validation through intimate relationships that are unhealthy without regard for my own well-being, sometimes negatively affecting others, and often prioritizing intimate connection over my friendships.”

Although this is Madix’s first time addressing the case, her brother, Jeremy Madix, was quick to defend her – and criticize Sandoval – on social media just hours after the news broke.

Sources told Page Six that Sandoval and Raquel Leviss started dating last summer.
Instagram/Raquel Leviss

On actor James Kennedy’s Instagram post about it, Jeremy called Sandoval “going to great lengths to have a midlife crisis with his grumpy band” before shooting Leviss, who he said “faked his way to the top”.

Amid the controversy, Sandoval publicly apologized to Madix on March 8, writing in part on Instagram that he had “made mistakes” and “reckless decisions that hurt someone” he loved.

“No one deserves to feel this pain in such a traumatic and public way,” he continued. “I can only imagine how devastating this was for Ariana and everyone around us. I feel really awful about it.

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Leviss also issued a mea culpa to Madix, blaming the entanglement on his “addiction” to love.

“There are no excuses. I am not a victim, and I must own my actions, and I deeply regret hurting Ariana,” the former pageant queen said in a statement.

“I started counseling to end my cycle of unhealthy behavior, learn to set stronger emotional boundaries, and learn how to protect my mental health.”

The producers filmed the fallout from the case for season 10, which is currently airing.

However, a source familiar with the situation told Page Six exclusively that “no one” from the “Pump Rules” cast speaks to Leviss while the cameras are rolling.

“Vanderpump Rules” airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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