Ariana Madix is opening up about her new relationship. On April 17, the reality star — who split from her long-term boyfriend Tom Sandoval in March amid a cheating scandal, he was seen kissing fitness trainer Daniel Wai at LAX as he left him to catch a flight, according to photos released by the daily mail. The airport PDA came after Madix and Wai were seen sticking hip in coachella that weekend, even posing for photos together.
Now Madix is reflecting on how their whole romance started. In a May 24 interview with the “Call His Daddy” podcast, Madix said of their relationship, “I’m really having a lot of fun. I’m seeing someone.” He didn’t mention Wai by name, but said, “They live across the country in New York, so he obviously has all that aspect, but I would say he’s very, very good.”
Madix shared that they met at a wedding “10 or 11 days” after the Scandoval news broke. “I met him at this wedding and all we did was talk. Like we stayed up all night just talking… It’s literally all I wanted,” he said. The reality star added that she had clear limits with Wai because of the situation she was getting out of, and he respected them at every step.
When the couple flew home to separate coasts after the wedding, they kept talking. Madix shared: “The conversations we had were amazing.” Since then, she has been in New York frequently for work, which allows her to see him in person as well.
As for critics who think she’s jumping into a new adventure too soon after her breakup, Madix said: “Accepting happiness and good things while you heal, there’s nothing wrong with that.”
Madix, 37, spent nine years with Sandoval, 40. In early March, Madix found out that Sandoval had been cheating on her with her friend (and “Vanderpump Rules” castmate) Raquel Leviss. Sandoval and Leviss, 28, finally publicly admitted to the affair and apologized. But in an interview with howie mandel posted on April 11, Sandoval claimed that he tried to break up with Madix on Valentine’s Day before she found out about the affair. Madix said on “Call Her Daddy” that after a romantic date, Sandoval opened up a conversation about breaking up with her, but nothing was resolved.
On May 17, the news broke that Sandoval and Leviss had reportedly parted waysbut Madix told Andy Cohen on “Watch What Happens Live” that same day that he didn’t think that was true.
Madix’s “Call Her Daddy” Interview Previews “Vanderpump Rules” season 10 reunion, which will show Sandoval and Leviss taking on Madix and her co-stars. The meeting was filmed on March 23, and host Andy Cohen joked on the April 3 episode of his radio show that it will be “a real reckoning”. Sandoval and Leviss, he said, are “confronted face to face about what they have done, I would say, in an aggressive way.” The first part of the meeting airs on May 24.
See photos of Madix and Wai below.