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Ariana Madix Gushes About New Boyfriend as Tom Sandoval Opens Up About Affair

Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix at the 2022 iHeartRadio Music AwardsPhoto by JC Olivera/Getty Images for iHeartRadio

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Vanderpump Rules star Ariana Madix has moved on from her ex Tom Sandoval with her new boyfriend, personal trainer Daniel Wai. Madix recently shared how Wai is helping her compete on Dancing with the Stars. Meanwhile, Sandoval is opening up about his decision to cheat on Madix.

Ariana Madix Gushes About Boyfriend Daniel Wai

Madix is currently competing on Season 32 of Dancing with the Stars with professional partner Pasha Pashkov. Wai (whom Madix started dating earlier this year) has apparently been a great source of support for the reality star from week to week.

“He’s a personal trainer, so there’s been times when he’s been in town and I’m like sore, in pain, and he’s like, ‘OK, you just sit here,'” Madix told Entertainment Tonight. “[He’ll] make sure I’m just sitting there, eating, makes me ice my feet, makes me do all those things.”

This week, Madix and Pashkov will be dancing the Quickstep to “You Can’t Hurry Love” by The Supremes for Motown Night. Madix teased that this “might be my favorite dance so far,” adding, “Like I’m really into it.”

Fans can catch their latest performance Tuesday night at 8/7c on ABC and Disney+.


Tom Sandoval Opens Up About His Affair

Madix and Sandoval broke up after it was discovered that he cheated on her with their Vanderpump co-star Rachel Leviss. In a new episode of his podcast Everybody Loves Tom, Sandoval chatted with guest Jerry O’Connell about the affair.

“I got way over my head. I know that, and I apologize for that,” Sandoval said, according to ET. “I fully f**king regret it. I feel bad about it. I hate that I hurt people. I, for the most part, have been pretty f**king miserable. I don’t ever, ever want to go through what I went through again. I don’t ever want to be responsible or the cause for ever hurting people like that.”

When asked what he would do differently, Sandoval said he wouldn’t have had the affair with Leviss. He also shared his regret for not breaking up with Madix sooner. Since the breakup, Sandoval said he has quit drinking and smoking.

Sandoval was recently unmasked as Diver on Season 10 of The Masked Singer.

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