Vanderpump Rules star Ariana Madix has revealed she’s not quite ready to move out of her shared home with Tom Sandoval.
“I’m moving up, not out — well, not yet at least. It’s time to get my financial house in order,” Ariana said via Instagram Stories on Monday night when announcing her partnership with personal finance company SoFi.
“I will have more to share with you very, very soon,” she concluded.
Earlier on Monday, May 22, it appeared Ariana was moving out of the Los Angeles home she shares with Tom, her ex-boyfriend of nearly a decade, following his six-month affair with their co-star and her former best friend Raquel Leviss.
“Ready to dip out,” Ariana wrote over a photo of herself with numerous storage boxes in the background.
Moving trucks were also spotted at Ariana and Tom’s place on Monday, according toUs Weekly.
Ariana and Tom purchased the five-bedroom home in Valley Village in 2019 for $2.075 million.
After the pair’s split made headlines in early March due to Tom’s infidelity, they continued to live together on the property.
Ariana even said on a recent episode of NBC’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen that Raquel — who checked into a treatment facility in April for her mental health — had sent Tom a handwritten letter to their home address, which Ariana did not open or read.
But Ariana also revealed on Watch What Happens Live’s May 17 episode that she and Tom “do not interact on any level.”
Ariana claimed she and Tom only communicate through a third party now — in which they have “go betweens” using mutual friends — and that her family “hates” him and he’s “dead” to her brother.
Ariana also said of Raquel, “I don’t know her, and none of my friends know her anymore.”
As for what’s next for Ariana, the blonde reality TV star — who has been packing on PDA with fitness coach Daniel Wai for weeks — shared how she is “very happy” and “satisfied” in her love life and plans to “sell the house” she shares with Tom.
“I want my money out of that house… and to move on,” she noted, adding, “[I want] to get out as quickly as possible.”
The day after Ariana’s first TV interview, she appeared on The View and reportedly joked about how she had “thought about” burning her house down.
“I mean, I can’t afford to do that. I really want to sell the house. I want to be a homeowner on my own after this, and so that is my goal, is to be able to save up,” Ariana told Sunny Hostin.
For his part, Tom apparently doesn’t have a place to go amid the aftermath of his breakup with Ariana.
“I don’t have a lot of friends I can stay with right now… I kind of run the house,” Tom said on the April 11 episode of the “Howie Mandel Does Stuff” podcast, Us reported.
“I handle the gardening [and] the housekeeping. My assistant comes and cleans and stocks everything. I basically run everything in the house.”
Tom is apparently able to avoid Ariana in their home by using a mediator.
“[Ariana’s] in the house. This is a big house,” he explained at the time. “We have a go-between. We text when we’re coming and going.”
Tom also told comedian and America’s Got Talent judge Howie Mandel that he and Ariana weren’t in a rush to put the house on the market.
“The house is not listed yet, no,” Tom said. “[Ariana’s] really busy right now, she’s obviously blowing up. I’m really happy to see that. I’ve been busy as well trying to get things together.”
Vanderpump Rules fans watched a heated confrontation between Ariana and Tom about his affair on the show’s Season 10 finale on May 17 in which Ariana said she regretted ever loving him.
And viewers also witnessed Tom and Raquel — who essentially gushed about their sex being life-altering — say, “I love you,” to each other.
A source recently told Us that Ariana is “definitely open to seeing where things go” with Daniel but she “isn’t totally ready to jump into a serious relationship.”
Vanderpump Rules star Lala Kent recently said of the potential new couple, “[Ariana’s] like ‘Heartbreak what? Like, I’m solid. I’m banging a fine-looking man.'”
Meanwhile, Tom told TMZ in late April that he was “really happy” to see Ariana doing well.
An insider source told Us on March 3 that Tom and Ariana had been “having problems for a while.” The insider claimed the pair’s relationship “only came to a breaking point” the day prior to their split on March 1.
But Tom claimed he officially broke up with Ariana on Valentine’s Day in February.
Tom also shared on Howie’s podcast how his romance with Raquel started with a kiss in August 2022 that felt “magnetic.”
“I felt something that I hadn’t felt in so long emotionally,” Tom explained. “The feelings were something very, very strong.”
Tom claimed that he had attempted to break up with Ariana once he realized he had strong feelings for Raquel.
“Like many relationships, it felt like it became more of like a best friends, family [thing] — sometimes roommates,” Tom continued.
“There were a lot of ways where the relationship was just lacking the intimacy, the connection. We would travel more by ourselves than we would together. I would go to weddings by myself.”
Tom said he was seeing and FaceTiming with Raquel “as often” as he could,” even though that “sounds horrible.”
“And Ariana didn’t even notice because that’s just how separate our lives were,” Tom claimed. “I had to actually tell her, ‘How have you not noticed how distant I’ve been lately?'”
Vanderpump Rules’ multi-part Season 10 reunion will kick off Wednesday, May 24 on Bravo.
Ariana joined the cast of Vanderpump Rules in November 2013, and then she and Tom announced they were officially dating during the Season 2 reunion that aired in February 2014.
Raquel began dating James Kennedy in 2016, and the pair got engaged in May 2021. However, the couple broke up in December of that year.
Raquel proceeded to go on dates with Peter Madrigal in Summer 2022 before hooking up with Schwartz, who had split from Katie during August of that year.
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