Ariana Madix revealed she almost quit Vanderpump Rules. She learned how to practice boundaries thanks to her long-term relationship with Tom Sandoval. The couple navigated work and personal life. And that hasn’t changed with the quarantine.
The Bravo star explained the rules they established in their new home. Ariana also revealed that she almost quit the show last season. She doesn’t like the false narrative that is sometimes created on the show. As fans recall, Vanderpump Rules Season 8 was a difficult one for the blonde beauty.
During the season, she opened up about her anxiety and depression. She even feuded with Jax Taylor and his wife Brittany Cartwright.
The moment that led Ariana Madix to almost quit Vanderpump Rules
On Tuesday, December 1, she discussed her and Tom Sandoval’s relationship on the “Dating Straight” podcast. Ariana Madix went through a lot of difficult moments on the show. And most of that comes with the scrutiny and pressure that comes with being a reality star. She admitted that she considered leaving the series on several occasions, one of which took place during Vanderpump Rules Season 8.
“Season eight, my birthday party, I bought this outfit that I thought was going to be so cute,” Ariana explained on the podcast. “And I tried it on and it didn’t fit me and it sent me on this spiral. I ended up being like two hours late to filming. I was like, ‘I’m not going to go.'”
The model felt she was on a downward spiral. Ariana and Sandoval didn’t even film most of their scenes with the rest of the cast. But after a conversation with one of the female producers, Ariana decided to pull herself back together. She was motivated to go on with the event.
“These are the kind of moments where you think, ‘I can’t do this anymore,'” she exclaimed. “[But] having those producers we are so close with, they’re the kind of people who can bring you back to a place where you’re like, ‘Yeah, I can do this.'”
The boundaries she set in her home
Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval are trying to make their relationship and careers work together amid the coronavirus pandemic. They’re expanding their Fancy AF Cocktail line. During the podcast, Ariana explained how they make their relationship work.
“It will be seven years in January,” she revealed. “We work together. We live together and we’re on the show together.”
Ariana used to encourage Sandoval to go out without her when they lived in their old apartment. But that’s no longer the case in their $2 million Valley Village home. The television personality said they have rooms “where we go off and do our own thing.” Ariana established a new home rule.
“Because of COVID-19 and us being in the house all of the time, and also we’re working on projects together, I’m trying this thing where at a certain time of day, we have ‘boyfriend time,'” Ariana explained. “Like, business hours are done. We can talk about life stuff but anything that’s business-related, we have to cut it off. We have to set boundaries for ourselves.”
Ariana also had to establish boundaries on VPR. While she’s open about her bisexuality, she faced questions about her sexuality on the show. The former bartender hinted that being on the show created a false narrative about her. Ariana says she feels more like herself when she’s not on the show.
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