For those who aren’t fully caught up, Vanderpump Rules stars Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix broke up over the weekend after being in a relationship for nearly a decade because Tom reportedly had a six-month-long affair with their fellow castmate and Ariana’s friend, Raquel Leviss.
Ariana apparently learned about the affair when she saw a sexually explicit video of Raquel on Tom’s phone, according to People.
To say this is one of the most dramatic scandals in Vanderpump Rules and Bravo history is an understatement. Not only have Ariana and Tom been together for nine years — the last on-screen romance remaining out of the OG couples — but Ariana has also mostly stayed out of any significant VPR drama.
She’s arguably one of the most likable cast members on the show, acting as the voice of reason for other people when they’re experiencing difficulties and hardships.
Ariana’s also magically been able to maintain friendships with nearly every castmate, despite everyone’s constantly shifting statuses with one another.
Fans are bearing witness to something they haven’t seen from this show in years from — unapologetic girl power, camaraderie, and sisterhood from the cast members and Vanderpump alums who are rallying around Ariana in the midst of this unexpected crisis.
This is why everyone, and I mean everyone, is Team Ariana following the Tom and Raquel cheating scandal. How could you not be?!
Not to mention, the alleged details of Tom and Raquel’s affair are unequivocally messed up.
Wearing matching lightning bolt necklaces to signal they love each other? Apparently, hooking up at Tom and Ariana’s house while Ariana is asleep in the other room? Tom still showing up to Raquel’s apartment late on Saturday night in the midst of all this drama?!