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A Year Later: Ariana Madix of 'Vanderpump Rules' Reflects on Life Post-'Scandoval'

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Thriving After 'Scandoval': Ariana Madix's Triumph Beyond Heartbreak

A year has passed since the tumultuous breakup dubbed "Scandoval" rocked the reality TV world, yet for "Vanderpump Rules" star Ariana Madix, life has never been more vibrant. Despite enduring public infidelity and heartache, Madix has emerged stronger than ever, embracing newfound opportunities with grace and determination.

Her journey of resilience and renewal has been marked by remarkable achievements. From a standout season on "Dancing With the Stars" to securing lucrative brand endorsements and gracing Broadway as Roxie Hart in "Chicago," Madix's star continues to rise. Although her Broadway run is set to conclude on April 7, her impact resonates far beyond the stage.

The latest season of "Vanderpump Rules" has chronicled the aftermath of Madix's painful betrayal, shedding light on her ex-boyfriend Tom Sandoval's infidelity and the challenges of rebuilding trust within their social circle. Undeterred, Madix has focused on cultivating financial independence and seizing every opportunity that comes her way.

Embracing her newfound freedom, Madix has become the face of BIC EasyRinse razors, symbolically shedding the remnants of her past relationship. With two additional campaigns set to launch, she's also ventured into the realm of mixology, releasing her cocktail recipe book titled "Single AF Cocktails: Drinks for Bad B*tches.

Beyond professional triumphs, Madix has found love anew with a personal trainer based in New York, signaling a fresh chapter of happiness and fulfillment. In a candid conversation with CNN, Madix reflects on her journey with gratitude and resilience, embodying a spirit of empowerment and self-discovery.

As she prepares to bid farewell to Broadway, Madix embraces the next chapter of her journey with optimism and enthusiasm. Her resilience serves as a testament to the power of perseverance and the unwavering strength of the human spirit.

Madix: Oh, it’s bittersweet. You know, there are things I am excited about afterwards, going back to LA and seeing my friends and opening a sandwich shop with Katie. There’s a lot of things on the horizon that I am excited about, but I am very sad for this run to end. And I’m trying not to be sad now and stay in the moment, so I can really enjoy these last couple of weeks because it really is a dream come true. I love it.

CNN: Do you think that you surprised a lot of people this past year with your talents outside of reality tv?

Madix: I think so. I mean, I think that people who have known me for many, many years were probably less surprised than the people who’ve just been watching me on ‘Vanderpump,’ and that’s no fault to them. Of course, I get it. It’s not something that I’ve been really putting out there.

CNN: You said following the scandal that your goal was financial independence and this year has probably brought you closer to your goals in that regard?

Madix: Work begets work. And I want to work! As someone in the entertainment industry, I started out with a theater degree, but I started out with zero connections to anything. I have gone through many, many years where I could not find work. I’m really, really grateful to be able to clock in and work and hopefully do the best job I can.

CNN: The way you’ve handled the last year after everything has been fun to watch. How do you think you rose to do all these projects, instead of falling on a destructive or not-so-healthy path?

Madix: Maybe the way that I grew up, I think, has had huge influence on me. It’s hard to describe Melbourne, Florida to people who haven’t been there. But I definitely feel as though maybe it’s that Florida in me. I’m (still) just that barefoot kid, running around in a horse barn.

In conclusion, Ariana Madix's journey over the past year has been nothing short of remarkable. Despite facing personal challenges and navigating the aftermath of a very public scandal, she has emerged stronger, more determined, and remarkably successful. From her triumphant Broadway debut to her entrepreneurial ventures and unwavering commitment to her craft, Madix has proven herself to be a force to be reckoned with outside the realm of reality television.

Her ability to stay grounded, maintain focus on her goals, and embrace new opportunities with grace and resilience is truly inspiring. Through it all, Madix remains true to herself, drawing strength from her roots and upbringing in Melbourne, Florida.

As she looks toward the future with optimism and excitement, Madix's journey serves as a testament to the power of perseverance, hard work, and staying true to one's values. With her unwavering determination and boundless talent, there's no doubt that Ariana Madix will continue to shine brightly in whatever endeavors she pursues next.

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