Vanderpump Rules’ Ariana Madix looks unrecognizable with a major appearance change after dumping cheating ex Tom Sandoval
ARIANA Madix has stunned fans by changing up her look following her split from Vanderpump Rules co-star Tom Sandoval.
The Bravo star celebrated some serious victories on social media after it was revealed that her longtime boyfriend cheated on her with castmate Raquel Leviss.
Ariana, 37, resurfaced on Instagram on Friday to share some exciting news about her story.
She posted a teaser for an upcoming project with Bloomingdales, which showed her leaving to shop for some “revenge dresses” – a nod to the sexy ensemble she wore to the recently filmed VPR reunion after the scandal broke.
While fans were thrilled to see her booked and busy, many couldn’t ignore a major change in her appearance following the breakup.
Ariana has always been a blonde beauty, but in the clip, she appeared to have dyed her hair an even lighter shade of almost white blonde.
Her hair was still cut and styled as she normally wears it — a medium length, shaggy bob — but her honey blonde hair looked drastically different and fans loved it.
Her clip was reposted by Bravo fan account Queens of Bravo on her Instagram feed, where fans rated the look along with Ariana’s overall post-breakup glow-up.
One commenter wrote: “In hindsight, losing Tom was the best thing that could have happened to her. SLAYYY.”
Someone else joked, “How does she look younger?! Girl, Tom has exhausted your source of life!”
Another Instagram user wrote: “Tom really blocked her blessings. I’m glad she’s rid of him and I hope she sees the best in this situation.”
A fourth fan commented: “QUEEN!!!!!”
Another chimed in: “She’s so beautiful. It always was!”
Ariana’s new project announcement comes not long after her ex did his first public interview about his cheating on Howie Mandel’s podcast Howie Mandel Does Stuff.
During the episode, Howie, 67, brought his daughter, Jackelyn Shultz, to the show to help get the bar owner’s side of the story.
In a clip posted by a VPR fan’s Twitter account, Tom revealed to listeners that his now ex-girlfriend Ariana had asked him about fertilizing her eggs and claimed they hadn’t discussed it before.
Tom said on the show that he told her they’d talk about it later, even though they’d already broken up.
He said she was “completely in denial, and it scared me”.
He further claimed that Ariana was either having suicidal thoughts or contemplating self-harm, which isn’t clear because it was censored in the video.
Tom hinted on the show that he feared there could have been serious repercussions if he broke up with her earlier.
He continued, “And you know how much this hurts me because she’s been on the show for nine years building all this together and you’re just going to throw that away?”
She reportedly wanted to leave the show entirely after the affair broke.
Tom said, “It’s not fair” that his and Ariana’s issues were kept off the show for so long when other people shared their relationship drama.
His interview infuriated many Bravo fans and they didn’t stay silent, especially on Twitter after Tom put all the blame on Ariana for their failed relationship.
A hater said, “Dig a deeper grave, bro. Keep digging. It’s so entertaining to watch him blindly embarrass himself…”
“It’s so sad that Sandoval thinks he could hurt Ariana even more.
So selfish,” wrote another.
“Wow, Tom Sandoval really bared himself on this podcast. It’s amazing how someone can talk so much and say so little,” added a third.
Someone else said, “The reason he went to a podcast where the host doesn’t know anything about the show is because anyone who watches the show knows how crappy it all is.”
Not long after Tom’s cheating was exposed, Bravo fans learned that the network has been pinning down the episodes for new episodes at the end of the current season.
A preview of the second half of Season 10 was released in March, showing the aftermath of the chaotic scandal.
In the clip, the cast hinted at their thoughts on the bombshell news, but it was the first time fans had witnessed Ariana and Tom mixing things up.
At one point in the preview, the former couple came together at the Los Angeles home they shared to say their peace, and Ariana didn’t hold back.
The scene showed Tom with a defeated expression telling his ex Ariana, “I wish we’d both tried harder.”
But Ariana wasn’t ready to talk as she sat across the room with her arms crossed.
“You don’t deserve a damn tear from me,” she replied sternly.
Eventually, however, her feelings came out when she cried out in a fit of rage while sitting later in the clip.
Although fans weren’t given any further details about their conversation, the end of the trailer was much more telling.
In the scene, Tom was rummaging through the kitchen cupboards when he asked Ariana if she wanted anything.
Apparently still angry from the ordeal, she looked straight at her ex and replied, “For you to die.”