Katie Maloney revealed that Ariana Madix is “taking care of herself” amid the fallout from the scandalous affair between her ex Tom Sandoval and their Vanderpump Rules costar Raquel Leviss
In the wake of the affair between her ex-boyfriend Tom Sandoval and their co-star on Vanderpump Rules, Raquel Leviss, Katie Maloney provides an update on how Ariana Madix is faring.
The presenter of the You’re Gonna Love Me podcast, 36, opened out about the effect the affair, which ended the couple’s nine-year relationship, had on Madix on Wednesday’s edition of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.
She told host Andy Cohen, “All things considered, she’s in a really good mood. “She is looking after herself. I just saw her, and we’re thrilled. She is thrilled.”
Hours after the WWHL taping, Madix spoke out for the first time since news of the affair broke.
Madix, 37, shared her candid thoughts via Instagram on Wednesday night, writing, “hi. where to begin? 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.”
She continued, “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,” she added, “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. I am so f—ing 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.”
She concluded, “what doesn’t kill me better run. love, Ariana”
On March 1, as he was onstage with his band Tom Sandoval & the Most Extras in Los Angeles, Madix found “inappropriate” communications between Sandoval, 40, and Leviss, 28, on his phone. Sandoval had been having an affair with Madix.
Days after the revelation, a source said, “She was utterly blindsided by this; crushed doesn’t even scratch the surface of how she feels. “She believed she knew this person, with whom she intended to live out the rest of her days. The treachery is so difficult to describe in words.”
On March 7, Sandoval admitted the accusations and apologized to Madix in a post on his Instagram account. (It was the co-owner of Schwartz & Sandy’s second apology in four days; the first did not include Madix.)
“I want to first and foremost apologize to everyone I’ve hurt through this process,” he began. “Most of all, I want to apologize to Ariana. I made mistakes, I was selfish, and made reckless decisions that hurt somebody I love. No one deserves to feel that pain so traumatically and publicly.”
He continued, “I can only imagine how devastating this has been for Ariana and everyone around us. I feel really horrible about that. My biggest regret is that I dishonored Ariana. I never meant to disappoint so many people, including our loving families and friends.”
Sandoval went on to reflect on his long relationship with Madix. “My love for Ariana was stronger than any camera could ever have captured,” he said. “Some of our best times together were never filmed. The same goes for some of our biggest struggles. I wish things happened in a different order and our relationship was not severely tarnished, and that it ended with the same respect for her that it began with. I owed Ariana better.”
“I am beyond sad that it ended the way it did,” his statement concluded. “The choices I made hurt so many people. I acted in a way that clashed with who and how I want to be. I will continue to reflect and work on myself. I have work to do. I always have, and I always will.”
The following day, Leviss issued her own statement.
“I want to apologize for my actions and my choices foremost to Ariana, and to my friends and the fans so invested in our relationships,” she wrote.
“There is no excuse, I am not a victim and I must own my actions and I deeply regret hurting Ariana,” she added in the statement, which was first shared with Entertainment Tonight. “I am reflecting on my choices, speaking to a counselor and I am learning things about myself such as my patterns of codependency and addiction to being and feeling loved. I have sought emotional validation through intimate connections that are not healthy without regard for my own well-being, sometimes negatively affecting others and often prioritizing the intimate connection over my friendships.”
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