Chosen family! Ariana Madix quality time spent with Scheana Shay and her daughter, Summer, after they split Tom Sandoval.
“#TeamAriana Auntie ???? for the win,” the “Good As Gold” singer, 37, wrote in a sweet Instagram upload on Tuesday, March 7. Pictured, Madix, also 37, held Summer, 22 months, in her lap as they both smiled at the camera. The toddler wore a gray tracksuit with a black bow in her hair, while Madix kept it casual in a hoodie and a messy bun.
Shay gave another glimpse of the trio’s night out via her Instagram story, sharing a video of Madix sitting next to Summer. The little one watched a cartoon on a tablet while the bartender – aka “Auntie Unicorn” – sang along with her.
Madix’s playdate with her Vanderpump Rules costar arrives less than a week later Us weekly confirmed that Sandoval, 39, and the Florida native called it quits after nine years together due to his affair with Raquel Leviss. According to a source, the former couple had “issues for a while” before the affair pushed them to “a breaking point.”
After news of the cheating scandal broke, Madix was spotted having a “meeting” with Shay Tove Lo concert on Friday, March 3, when Sandoval performed with his cover band in Anaheim, California. An eyewitness told exclusively Us that fans cheered for Madix on her ex’s show.
“Have you ever been one of the most hated people in America?” Sandoval asked the audience, according to the insider.
Madix has taken down her social media in the wake of the controversy, but is leaning on her fellow Bravo stars — past and present — for support. Shay was seen visiting her boyfriend’s house on Friday along with Katie Maloney And Pump rules alum Kristen Doute. (The latter previously dated Sandoval from 2007 to 2013 before moving on to Madix.)
The TomTom co-owner initially addressed his affair with 28-year-old Leviss via Instagram on Saturday, March 4, encouraging fans to direct their “anger” at him rather than at his various business ventures with BFF Tom Schwartz. Sandoval did not name Madix in his statement at the time, but noted that he would “step back” from his restaurant Schwartz & Sandy’s “out of respect for my employees and partners.”
Days later, the Missouri native shared a second statement with his Instagram followers that included a direct apology to his now-ex. “I made mistakes, I was selfish and made reckless decisions that hurt someone I loved. No one deserves to feel that pain so traumatically and publicly,” he wrote on Tuesday, March 7. “I can only imagine how devastating this has been for Ariana and everyone around us. I feel really terrible about that. My biggest regret is that I dishonored Ariana. It was never my intention to disappoint so many people, including our loving families and friends.”
Sandoval noted that he “owed Ariana better” and expressed regret for the way their romance ended. “The choices I made hurt so many people,” he wrote. “I acted in a way that clashes with who and how I want to be. I keep thinking and working on myself. I have work to do. I have always done that and I always will.”
Shay, meanwhile, has made it clear where she stands as the scandal continues to unfold. “Every morning when I wake up I realize it wasn’t just a nightmare. It is real. ???????? #TeamAriana,” she tweeted earlier this month.