The Vanderpump Rules cheating scandal rocked not only reality TV fans but the entertainment world at large (seriously, the New York Times even covered it.) And now after public statements from Raquel Leviss and Tom Sandoval, two of the parties embroiled in the #Scandoval Vanderpump Rules drama, we're finally hearing from the reality star in the middle of it all: Ariana Madix.
Madix and Sandoval had been dating for more than nine years when word hit that the latter stepped out on his longtime partner with their Vanderpump costar, Leviss, with the deceiving duo even going so far as to wear matching lightning-rod necklaces in Madix's presence. (If you're wondering if Tom Sandoval and Raquel Leviss are still seeing each other, here's what we know.)
After several weeks of silence, Ariana Madix has taken to social media to share her side of the story, receiving plenty of public support along the way from both her Pump Rules costars and celebrities like Kaley Cuoco, Chrishell Stause, Kristen Chenoweth and more. Here's what she had to say:
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Ariana Madix speaks out about the 'Vanderpump Rules' cheating scandal
On Thursday, March 16, Ariana Madix broke her silence on the public reveal of longtime boyfriend Tom Sandoval cheating on her with their Pump Rules co-star Raquel Leviss with a post on Instagram.
"Hi. where to begin?" the caption starts. "I want to express my most sincere gratitude for the outpouring of love and support I have received from friends, family, and people I’ve never even met in the last two weeks. When I have felt like I couldn’t even stand, you all have given me the strength to continue and seen me through my darkest hours."
"To say I have been devastated and broken is an understatement. 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," the statement continues. "I am so f**king lucky to have the best support system in the world and I hope I can repay every single person for the love you have shown me."
The social media post ends pointedly with: "What doesn’t kill me better run. Love, Ariana."
Various personalities from the Vanderpump universe commented in support of Madix. Scheana Shay wrote: "THERE SHE IS!!!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥" Kristen Doute added: "i Love you babycakes 🦄 ✨ you are slaying life & your support squad is here for your trustfall. Watch out world : she back 💥🦋" And other celebs, like Selling Sunset star Chrishell Stause, also weighed in: "Yessssss so happy you feel supported and loved!! You look so beautiful and the last sentence…chefs kiss😆"
Though season 10 of Vanderpump Rules was filmed before the infidelity was discovered, this season's Vanderpump Rules reunion will surely be a heated one, as it will be the first time that the Pump Rules cast will publicly be together under one roof to discuss the Scandoval. We'll surely be tuning in to see what Ariana has to say then!
Vanderpump Rules airs on Bravo on Wednesdays at 9pm EST, and can be streamed next-day on Peacock.
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