Ariana Madix turns personal tragedy into professional triumph.
The Vanderpump Rules mainstay announced Friday morning that she will be a cast member of Dancing with the Stars season 32.
“This season on Dancing with the Stars we’re going crazy – crazy about Madix!” said Derek Hough on Good Morning America as he introduced Madix.
“Say goodbye to the drama and hello to the dance floor!”
Cut to the popular Bravo personality.
“That’s right, I’m Ariana Madix from Vanderpump Rules, and I’ll be part of the cast of Dancing with the Stars this season,” Madix confirmed, before showing off some moves with Hough.
She is the first celebrity to sign up for the upcoming season.
The full cast will not be revealed until September 13.
But Disney now probably wanted to capitalize on all the publicity surrounding Madix, who learned four months ago that her longtime boyfriend, Tom Sandoval, had cheated on her with friend and colleague Raquel Leviss.
Madix initially commented on the breakup and scandal via an Instagram post about two weeks after the secret relationship came to light.
Instead of addressing Sandoval and/or Leviss directly, Madix thanked her fans and friends at the time by writing:
“When I felt like I couldn’t even stand, you all gave me the strength to carry on and helped me through my darkest hours. to say I am devastated and heartbroken is an understatement.”
She ended the statement, “what doesn’t kill me better run.”
In the weeks and months since, more information has come out about Sandoval’s illicit romance with Leviss.
For example, Madix said the two had sex while she slept in the next room.
In May, Ariana opened up to People magazine about her reaction to learning of the affair, sharing the outlet:
“My fear in the beginning was through the roof.
“Those first few weeks… just a stomach ache, not being able to fall asleep, not eating and feeling sick even at the thought of wanting to eat. It was really that bad.”
She discovered the arrangement after seeing a raunchy FaceTime video sent to Sandoval from Leviss.
Madix added this spring:
“It felt like a low point.
“I’ve been through other things on the show before, but nothing like this at all. But from the bottom there’s nowhere to go but up.
“So honestly, realizing that really helped me get out of that.”
Have you booked the Dancing with the Stars concert and is she trying to revive her acting career?
Things are looking good for Ariana Madix.
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