Laugh at the drama. Vanderpump Rules star Ariana Madix marked her first public appearance since splitting from her ex-boyfriend Tom Sandoval by attending a comedy show.
Madix, 37, was one of many celebrities to take the stage during the “Make That Sandwich” show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 18. During the show – described by the venue’s website as “the best, and ONLY sandwich-making game show on the planet” – the Bravo star was reportedly in high spirits as she was greeted with loud applause from the part of the crowd, which was mainly made up of Pump Rules fans, according to Page 6.
THE Fancy AF cocktails the co-writer’s other celebrity guests were just as thrilled to see her as the show’s host Lindsay Ames noted that the comedian Connor Wood (aka Fibula) was “nervous” to meet Madix.
“You weren’t supposed to say that. I played it really cool backstage,” Wood, 27, joked before attempting to change the subject. However, the host continued to discuss his nerves about meeting Madix, after which the Pump Rules the star joked, “You make me nervous.”
The bartender – who started dating the Tom-Tom co-owner in 2014 – teamed a matching brown tweed blazer and skirt, a shimmering brown turtleneck and brown knee-high boots with a smile throughout the night as the drama surrounding her ex’s infidelity scandal with Raquel Leviss was not mentioned. We Weekly confirmed on March 3 that she had broken up with her partner of nine years, 39, after discovering that he had had an affair with their Pump Rules costar Leviss, 28.
After the news broke, an insider exclusively said We that Sandoval’s infidelity was the tip of the iceberg for their long-term relationship. “They had problems for a while,” the source noted, adding that things only “came to a breaking point” the day before the Schwartz & Sandy co-founder cheated.
While the comedy show marked Madix’s return to the spotlight, the Florida native has dated multiple times following the breakup. The night the split broke, Scheana Shay posted a clip of her and Madix singing along Tove Lo“Cool Girl” at the artist’s concert on March 3 in Los Angeles. Earlier today, Shay, 37, Katie Maloney And Kristen Doubted – whom the latter dated Sandoval from 2007 to 2013 – showed his support for his friend by showing up at her house with gifts of wine and flowers.
Several days later, Madix was spotted partying in Oaxaca, Mexico while attending a wedding for her friends. Lauren Basco And Michael Jenkins. On March 16, she broke her silence on the Sandoval and Leviss scandal — which was later dubbed Scandoval — by sharing a photo of herself in the pink and green dress she wore to the wedding in Mexico via Instagram.
“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,” she captioned the photo. “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. To say I was devastated and broken is an understatement. However, I know I am not alone in this. So many of my closest friends are also mourning this loss at this time and reeling from this betrayal on so many levels.
She concluded her message by stating that she is “so lucky to have the best support system in the world and I hope I can thank everyone for the love you have shown me”, which she has followed up by writing, “What doesn’t kill me better run.
Sandoval posted an apology via Instagram on March 8, in which he expressed his disappointment at having hurt Madix. “I can only imagine how devastating this has been for Ariana and everyone around us,” the Missouri native wrote. “My biggest regret is that I disgraced Ariana. I never want to disappoint so many people, including our loving families and friends.
He concluded his message by writing, “I am beyond sad that it ended like this. The choices I made have hurt so many people. I acted in a way that clashes 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 always will.
Fans will see the end of the former couple’s relationship on Pump Rules season 10. In the show’s mid-season trailer, released Monday, March 20, Sandoval tells his now-ex, “I wish we both had tried harder,” to which Madix goes on to state, “You don’t deserve a f–king tear from me.
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After a clip of Madix shouting at frontman Tom Sandoval & The Most Extras, the teaser ends with the musician asking Madix if she needs anything from the kitchen. “For you to die,” she replies angrily.