In March 2023, Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix called it quits. Madix started the breakup after learning that Sandoval had allegedly cheated on her with co-star Raquel Leviss.
“They had been having problems for a while, but this was the final straw for Ariana,” the insider said. “She put up with a lot over the years, but she won’t sit back and be disrespected this way.”
After Madix joined the cast of the famous Bravo program Vanderpump Rules in 2013, the two became acquainted. They later confirmed their relationship at the season 2 reunion in 2014.
Since then, Bravo cameras have followed the couple as they have overcome obstacles and celebrated significant achievements, such as getting married, getting a puppy, and co-authoring a book.
Here is all you need to know about Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix’s relationship, from their elaborate Halloween costumes to the conflict that led to their split.
Summer 2013: Ariana Madix Joins the Cast of Vanderpump Rules
Sandoval was a founding member of the Vanderpump Rules ensemble, while Madix made his television debut in season 2. Before moving to Lisa Vanderpump’s SUR restaurant in West Hollywood, Madix worked as a bartender at the restaurant’s Beverly Hills location. She met the Vanderpump Rules cast there and they started working together.
Although it’s unknown when they first connected, Sandoval referred to Madix as a buddy and revealed that they had previously collaborated in her debut episode. Early in the season, Sandoval’s ex-girlfriend Kristen Doute accused him of having an extramarital affair with Madix, a charge he and Madix rejected.
February 10, 2014: Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix Make Their Relationship Instagram Official
During the season 2 reunion on February 10, 2014, Sandoval revealed that he and Madix were dating after splitting from his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Doute. The couple also made their Instagram connection official that same evening. Madix tweeted a black-and-white photo of herself and Sandoval making goofy expressions, while Sandoval shared a photo from a vacation to San Francisco.
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April 2016: Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix Attend Coachella
After dating for a few years, Sandoval and Madix went with their pals to Indio, California’s annual Coachella Music Festival.
“Beer garden chill time w/ my lil dumplin,” Sandoval captioned a picture of the pair in festival attire.
May 6, 2017: Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix attend the Kentucky Derby
At the yearly horse race in Louisville, Kentucky, Sandoval and Madix were joined by their Vanderpump Rules co-stars Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright. Along with a photo of him and Madix dressed in formal costume for the Barnstable Brown Gala, Sandoval also shared a photo of the entire group posing in front of the racetrack.
November 3, 2018: Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix Attend Another Music Festival
The couple attended the Los Angeles Day of the Dead music event in November 2018. with full skeleton makeup on.
“So much fun at Day of the Dead festival!” Sandoval captioned a series of spooky shots on Instagram. “First time for Dumplin out in a min!”
December 31, 2018: Ariana Madix Says Cancer Removal Brought Her Closer to Tom Sandoval
Before to the start of 2018, Madix gave an Instagram recap of her year, revealing that she had a cancer scare, which eventually made her feel even more connected to Sandoval.
“I had to have a lil bit o’cancer removed from my body and lymph nodes biopsied. (In the clear now!),” she wrote. “I started a business and got to raise money for my favorite charity. I kicked ass in the horse show ring. I fell more in love with my boyfriend and my girlfriends, but most importantly: MYSELF.”
February 2019: Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix Buy Their First House Together
In Valley Village, California, where their fellow Vanderpump Rules co-stars Taylor and Cartwright also own property, Sandoval and Madix bought their first house together. The “Great Valley Migration” is how the friends’ decision to move to the San Fernando Valley region is sarcastically described.
December 3, 2019: Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix Publish Their First Book
On December 3, 2019, Sandoval and Madix published Fancy AF Cocktails: Drink Recipes from a Pair of Professional Drinkers, their debut book. They jointly produced a mixology book with four cocktail recipe sections: Classy, Trashy, Shots, and Recovery.
December 18, 2020: Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix Respond to Book Lawsuit
A year after the publication of Fancy AF Cocktails, author Alison Baker sued Sandoval and Madix for allegedly breaching a contract. Baker asserted that Madix stole her concept for a book in a “willful, malicious, and fraudulent” manner after she approached Madix in 2016 to explore creating one together.
Additionally, according to Baker, Madix consented to credit her co-author and pay her 45% of the advance and royalties.
June 10, 2021: Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix Give a Tour of Their Home
Sandoval and Madix completed decorating their farmhouse-style home two years after buying it. The pair revealed how they could incorporate both of their distinctive tastes while giving PEOPLE an exclusive tour of their just finished five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath home.
“Every room is different because Tom and I both have different individual styles and then we’ve really worked hard to put those two very different ideas together,” Madix said. “In some rooms, it’s definitely like the both of us and then in other rooms, it’s more me or more him.”
Sandoval added, “We both have our own tastes and style, but we also have strong personalities.”
October 26, 2021: Ariana Madix Talks Marriage to Tom Sandoval
Madix has been outspoken about her opposition to getting hitched and having children. When Andy Cohen questioned the reality star about whether she would ever contemplate getting married to Sandoval during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live in October 2021, Madix said that her opinion has evolved slightly over time.
“I think the big thing for me is that I’m not really into the whole fanfare of it,” she explained. “It’s really more about the two people. So if it was just about us, you know, I honestly think I would be more open to it. I just don’t want it to be like a big thing about having a giant wedding and a bachelorette party and all that b——-.”
June 5, 2022: Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix Attend MTV Movie and TV Awards
They were nominated for best reality relationship at the 2022 MTV Movie and TV Awards, which the couple attended. Madix chose a pink dress with glitter and feathers, while Sandoval sported an all-white suit. At the ceremony, Sandoval and Madix each had the opportunity to present prizes.
“I was so honored to be nominated with @arianamadix AND also to present w/ @itsjameskennedy !” Sandoval wrote alongside a series of photos from the event on Instagram. “Thank u so SO much to everyone who voted and to @mtv @evolutionusa @nbc @bravotv ! This was a total bucket list moment for me!”
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