In his corner ? Tom Sandoval And Ariana Madix seemed to be on the same page when it came to their friendship with Rachel Leviss before Scandoval hit the headlines.
During a scene of Vanderpump Rules Secrets Revealed, airing on Wednesday, June 14, Sandoval, 40, and Ariana, 37, had a date at an ice rink. “You look so hot today,” the TomTom co-owner told his girlfriend at the time. “That’s a nice hot cute dance you do.”
Ariana, for her part, said she was excited to spend more time with the bartender, who she started dating in 2013. “I think Tom and I have the kind of bond where we started as friends and that bond of friendship is something that will help us come back and rebuild those fun romantic times now that we hope to have more time together,” she said in a confessional. “But I think that these sacrifices – even if they are difficult – they are worth it. I want him to succeed when it comes to opening the bar, but I also miss being able to really be together.
After the pair skated together, they changed the subject to 28-year-old Raquel. Sandoval and Ariana both praised the model amid her ups and downs with their castmate. Vanderpump Rules cast members.
“I said to Katie [Maloney]I was like, ‘You know, you’re gonna have to work really hard so I don’t absolutely love Raquel,'” the Something About Her co-founder recalled in the scene, which was filmed in August 2022.” I love him so much, and we’ve spent so much time together traveling and we really have this really nice little family of friends.”
Ariana continued, “And they say stuff like, ‘I wouldn’t trust Raquel around my man.’ I’m like, ‘We’ve all lived together in houses. It sucks that maybe you guys don’t have that family of friends that we’ve had for the past few years with each other.
In response, Sandoval pointed out that he and Ariana have a “transparent love” between them and their friends.
The never-before-seen conversation between the duo took place shortly after Sandoval connected with Raquel offscreen. In March, We Weekly confirmed that the Missouri native had split from Ariana after nearly a decade of dating due to his affair with the former beauty pageant queen.
After Sandoval and Raquel issued separate public apologies to Ariana, the entire cast addressed the scandal and its aftermath during the explosive reunion. The Florida native later recalled being shocked by Sandoval and Raquel’s deception.
“To be very clear, I haven’t lost it,” she said on the “Call Her Daddy” podcast in May. “He lost me. But I think I trusted him so much…that I trusted his perspective on things.
She added: “I feel like we would have so many amazing times together, so if there were a few weeks that weren’t great or if I was, like, unsure of something [in the relationship], there were so many other things that were great. … It was almost, I think, hard to say, ‘Oh, this person isn’t right for me,’ because I’ve never been in a relationship this long before.
At the time, Ariana admitted she might have “turned a blind eye” to the red flags between Sandoval and Raquel. “But I think I got a lot of help doing it because I was lifting things and getting down,” she explained. “I was very committed and I feel like I’m doing my best as a partner. But I don’t think I would do anything differently just because I feel like everything I can do is my best – and whether my best is good enough for someone or not, that’s what it was.
THE Fancy AF cocktails co-author has since clarified where she stands with her ex-boyfriend and former friend. “I have nothing to say to any of them,” Ariana said. The New York Times in May when asked if she was “open to filming with” Sandoval and Raquel for season 11, which has yet to begin production. “Our show is very real and follows a real group of friends, and none of them are in the friend group, so good luck.”