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Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix open up to In Touch about shaking things up on their hit reality show
Putting your relationship on TV definitely has its ups and downs, but after countless hours of drama on Vanderpump Rules, Tom Sandoval, 34, and Ariana Madix, 32, have proven that they’re committed to each other. “We respect and have a lot of pride in each other — I think that solves 99 percent of problems,” Tom tells In Touch of the romance, which hit a “dry spell” this year when Ariana struggled with body insecurities. “I just try to focus on being a positive influence.” As for dealing with fans’ interest in their personal lives, they find alcohol makes it easier. “I’m not going to lie, before I go into SUR, I usually have a drink and a shot,” admits Tom, who’s still expected to work while fielding requests for selfies. Adds Ariana: “It helps!” Here, the couple spill to In Touch’s Katie Bruno about their castmates and co-workers’ love lives, their own karaoke obsession and whether they’ve really sworn off marriage.
Is it really that stressful at work with fans coming into the restaurant? TS: It’s great but it’s intense. AM: Things can get crazy really fast, especially if Tom and I are bartending by ourselves and people are asking for photos. It helps to have another bartender there.
Understandable — fans get really invested in the drama, like when Jax [Taylor] cheated on Brittany [Cartwright]. TS: The funny thing about that is that our audience seemed to think I was on Jax’s side, which is 100 percent not the case! I was completely and totally on Brittany’s side. It seems like you have his back no matter what. TS: He’s my friend, but I constantly don’t have his
back! I get really angry with him when he screws up. But he and Brittany are happy right now.
Ariana, you were previously in an abusive relationship, which led to intimacy issues with Tom. How are you working through that? AM: When you already have insecurities about yourself and you get in a relationship with someone who touches on those things, they become more validated. And it’s crazy how a lot of the things that [my ex] said were echoed on social media once I was on TV. Even though Tom was very understanding and supportive, it was still growing in my own mind and becoming an untamable beast. I really feel like talking about it has helped me get through it. TS: Everybody has insecurities and demons. It’s easy to get focused on something you find negative about yourself, but it’s not really that big of a deal. AM: Obviously things aren’t always perfect. When I get dressed in the morning it’s always a struggle if I have to look cute. So it’s great to have Tom and my close friends, who are just really supportive. It helps you move out of those negative spaces.
You’ve been open about not wanting to get married — any chance you’ve changed your mind? AM: Uh, no.
How do you feel about that, Tom? TS: Right now, it’s really not an issue. We don’t need a $60,000 wedding bill to know how much we love each other.
In five years, where do you hope to be? AM: I hope that Tom and I live in a big, beautiful house and I’m killing it in the world! I have lots of goals — a cocktail book, an activewear line, I want to be a series regular on a scripted TV show…. That’s why I’m so stressed out! TS: I definitely want to be with Ariana. And get a new paintball gun. And a puppy! ◼
with… TOM& ARIANA REASON TO CELEBRATE “I feel very lucky,” says Tom, who slings drinks and co-stars on Bravo’s hit show alongside Ariana.