Ariana Madix: Tom Sandoval had a shot at redemption — until he did this

Ariana Madix was ready to put Scandoval behind her — but then her ex’s antics got to her. 

Madix, 37, was with her longtime boyfriend and “Vanderpump Rules” co-star Tom Sandoval, 39, for nearly a decade, until news broke in March that he cheated on her with her ex-friend, Raquel Leviss, 28. 

Dubbed “Scandoval,” the “Vanderpump Rules” scandal has rocked the reality TV world.

It’s also instigated such a renewed surge of interest in the show, that some fans speculate that it was “staged.”

On Thursday, Madix told the New York Times that the cheating duo had a shot at redemption, but then they shot themselves in the foot with their behavior.

“I think any chance that either of them separately had for [redemption] ended when they started giving trash interviews victimizing themselves,” she said, referring to Leviss’s TMZ interview and Sandoval’s Howie Mandel interview. 

Raquel Leviss in a hooded sweatshirt.
Raquel Leviss during her TMZ interview.

Tom Sandoval with headphones on, talking into a mic.
Tom Sandoval during his Howie Mandel interview.
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At the end of March, Leviss told TMZ, “I apologized to [Madix] over text, but she didn’t receive it very well.”

She also sounded distressed about the fact that the public was not sympathetic towards her, and said “it’s been a lot,” referring to the fallout from her affair with Sandoval. 

During an April appearance on Howie Mandel’s podcast for his first interview post-Scandoval, Sandoval described his first kiss with Leviss as “magnetic.” 

“I felt something that I hadn’t felt in so long, like, emotionally,” he said. He described Leviss as “so awesome,” “so kind,” “smart,” “witty,” “fun,” “beautiful” and “f – – king amazing.”

Raquel Leviss, Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix sitting at a table together.
Raquel Leviss, Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix.
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Tom Sandoval with Ariana Madix kissing.
Tom Sandoval with Ariana Madix before his infidelity broke them up.
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Raquel Leviss.
Ariana Madix said there’s no patching up her friendship with Raquel Leviss, above, who stole her boyfriend.
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As it turns out, Madix was not impressed by either her cheating ex-boyfriend or Leviss blabbing to the press and gushing about their infidelity.

“I think had they not done or said all of those horrible things, maybe one day [they could be redeemed],” she said. 

“But I think the answer ultimately is no. In our friend group, the answer is no.”

“Vanderpump Rules” stars Ariana Madix, Tom Sandoval, Raquel Leviss and Tom Schwartz.
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Brock Davies, Scheana Shay, Ariana Madix, Tom Sandoval, Andy Cohen, Lisa Vanderpump, James Kennedy, Raquel Leviss, Charli Burnett standing in a row together, smiling, dressed up.
“Vanderpump Rules” stars Brock Davies, (left), Scheana Shay, Ariana Madix, Tom Sandoval, Andy Cohen, Lisa Vanderpump, James Kennedy, Raquel Leviss and Charli Burnett (right).
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Tom Sandoval, Ariana Madix, and Raquel Leviss standing together smiling.
Tom Sandoval, Ariana Madix, and Raquel Leviss before Scandoval.

She also shared her exasperation with Sandoval’s “sad sack act” during one of the reunion specials for the Bravo show.

“I knew he was going to try to sell a bit,” she said.

“I knew he was trying to be that person so that I would be the angry person; I could see what was happening in front of my face, and it was really frustrating. Honestly, when he started yelling at me, I felt a little bit satisfied that he was finally going to be the real him.”

Tom Sandoval and Raquel Leviss dancing close together in a crowded event.
Tom Sandoval and Raquel Leviss.
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Ariana Madix looking serious with no makeup.
Ariana Madix is not in the mood for forgiveness.

She said in no uncertain terms that she is not open to filming with either Sandoval or Leviss again.

“I have nothing to say to either of them. Our show is very real and follows a real group of friends, and neither of them are in the group of friends, so, good luck.”

The three-part “Vanderpump Rules” reunion airs on May 24, with an additional “secrets revealed” special airing June 14 at 9 p.m.

This article was originally posted by New York Post.

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