Ariana Madix Denies Unfollowing Lisa Vanderpump on Instagram for Comforting Tom Sandoval
Ariana Madix denies feud rumors with Lisa Vanderpump following the explosive Vanderpump Rules finale.
In early March, Tom Sandoval was caught cheating on Madix after nine years together with one of her best friends, Raquel Leviss, but we didn't see the direct aftermath of the affair until Wednesday's “#Scandoval” episode on May 17. At one point in the finale, the Sur matriarch comforted Sandoval as he broke down in her home. “It’s gonna get better from here on in. It’s been all too much, I know,” she told him, adding, “You’re not a bad person, Tom; you just did a bad thing.”
During the episode, Ariana Madix made it clear that she has no interest in having “mutual friends” with Sandoval but later said Lisa Vanderpump “might be the one exception to the rule” during her post-episode appearance on Watch What Happens Live. “I love Lisa so dearly,” she said. “I mean, she was a little nice to [Sandoval] in the episode, but I understand where she’s coming from.”
Still, fans believed there might be tension between the pair after a drama Instagram account shared a screenshot showing Madix doesn't follow Vanderpump on Instagram and claimed she “unfollowed” the businesswoman. Madix shut down the report by commenting, “Neither of us followed each other.”
I mean, would you really want your boss and mentor to watch your Instagram Stories? Still, Vanderpump does follow Sandoval, as well as Katie Maloney and Scheana Shay.
In an interview with UsWeekly on May 18, Vanderpump defended her reaction to Sandoval's breakdown, saying it was “actually worse than we saw” on the show. “Everybody else was chastising him. I didn’t feel like joining the pack. I mean, it seemed so kind of slanted. Everything was against him, you know?” Vanderpump told the publication. “I’ve known him for a long time. Of course, I’m condemning what he did. That’s why I said, ‘You’re not a bad person. You just did a bad thing.’ And my heart was always with Ariana. Maybe I didn’t kind of, you know, scream at him and lambast him, but everybody else had done that.”
She continued, “The man that was sitting in my living room; it felt like a broken man. So I just didn’t want to pile on, to be honest. Have I had conversations and held ’em accountable? Yes, I mean, I felt the same way, absolutely, that everybody else did. But at some point, they’re like my children in some way. They’ve grown up with me…. You might scream at him for a second, and I did that before, but when I saw him, then you’ve gotta try to at least move forward or look for the path forward—even though it was too early to move forward [or] look for the path forward. But of course, we were all very upset. We felt duped. We were disgusted, we were hurt—all of those things.”
This is already so messy.
Originally Appeared on Glamour