Heavy/NBCUniversal Ariana Madix.
Ariana Madix made a stunning statement about Tom Sandoval in the Vanderpump Rules Season 11 trailer. In a teaser for the upcoming season of the Bravo reality show, set to premiere on January 15, 2024, Madix claimed that her ex tried to “kill” her dog.
Madix and Sandoval were together for ten years before he cheated on her with former castmate Raquel Leviss in a shocking cheating scandal in March 2023.
Here’s what you need to know:
Ariana Madix explained her comment about Tom Sandoval
In May 2023, Madix told the “Call Her Daddy” podcast that one of the only things that would have stopped her from returning to “Vanderpump Rules” was if she felt “unsafe” or if her dog was unsafe were.
Ultimately, she felt confident enough to return to the Bravo reality show. But in the Vanderpump Rules Season 11 trailer, Madix is seen screaming at Sandoval in an emotional scene filmed several months after their breakup. “Ruin my life, my home and then try to kill my damn dog!” she screams at her ex. “My lawyer will take care of you.”
In November 2023, Madix was asked about the dog allegations during an interview with Us Weekly at BravoCon in Las Vegas. When asked about the context of “what was going on” when she made the claims about Sandoval, Madix was initially hesitant to answer. “Just reckless, careless behavior,” she said, before clarifying that the dog she was referring to was not her late dog Charlotte York, who died in August 2022 at the age of 18.
“Not Charlotte, Mya,” Madix said of the pit bull she adopted with Sandoval in 2020. “Yeah, just reckless, careless stuff.” “Nothing new that’s anything like out of the ordinary,” she added of her ex’s alleged behavior.
“I mean, obviously the emotions are heightened,” Madix explained of the “Vanderpump Rules” scene. “And yes, that’s all.”
While some fans speculated that Sandoval may have neglected the dog while Madix was out of town, others reacted with surprise in comments on a YouTube video of the interview.
“She made it seem like he tried to kill the dog and now there’s nothing left, which is strange. I wonder what happened?” asked a fan.
“I do NOT like Ariana,” wrote another. “She made a big deal about the dog, but here she said it was no big deal, nothing out of the ordinary. “
Heavy has reached out to a representative for Sandoval for comment.
Ariana Madix said Mya was “scared of Tom” when they first adopted her
According to BravoTV.com, Madix and Sandoval adopted Mya Moon, a gray and white pit bull mix, from a rescue center in April 2020.
Madix later documented Mya’s progress in an Instagram post, noting that the dog initially didn’t like Sandoval. “Recently she was very afraid of Tom because of her past,” Madix captioned a photo of the dog. “She wouldn’t approach him even if he had something in his hands. She jumped towards me like a scared little baby. In a few weeks she will arrive where she will now sleep on his head. I’m so proud of my little family.”
After her breakup with Sandoval, Madix made it clear that Mya was her dog. She told “Call Her Daddy” host Alex Cooper that she has no intention of sharing custody of the dog like exes Tom Schwartz and Katie Maloney do with their two pups, Butter and Gordo VonFriendenheimer.
“I paid for the adoption,” Madix said of Mya. “My name is on her adoption papers. I paid her vet bills. I took her for a walk, I bathed her. These are all things I would do that he didn’t do.”
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