REPORT: Ariana Madix is “Laying Into” Tom Sandoval Amid Filming on Vanderpump Rules Season 11, as an Insider Shares How She’s Feeling

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REPORT: Ariana Madix is “Laying Into” Sandoval Amid Filming on Vanderpump Rules Season 11, as an Insider Shares How She’s Feeling

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Ariana Madix isn’t going easy on her ex-boyfriend, Tom Sandoval, amid filming on Vanderpump Rules season 11. In fact, a new report claims she’s been laying into him ever since she and her castmates began filming at the end of last month.

As Ariana is seen in the aftermath of Sandoval’s months-long affair with Raquel Leviss, which was exposed in March and featured on season 10, an insider claims she’s feeling empowered as she continues to focus on herself ahead of the highly-anticipated opening of her and Katie Maloney‘s sandwich shop, Something About Her.

“She’s in a place where she’s focused on herself and happy to be doing her thing,” a source told Entertainment Tonight on July 24. “She is still relishing in all the support she has received and feeling good about where she’s at in her life, both personally and professionally.”

Following Sandoval’s heartbreaking betrayal, Ariana was understandably devastated. However, rather than curl up and fade away, she signed on to a series of partnerships with companies like T-Mobile, BIC, and SoFi, and was recently named as a competitor on the upcoming 32nd season of Dancing With the Stars.

Ariana is feeling “empowered and confident” and is “personally and professionally” in a great place, the insider explained.

But that said, her newfound confidence has not led her to completely let Sandoval off the hook for what he did to her just months ago. Instead, she’s making her voice known as production continues.

“Filming is underway for Vanderpump Rules and Tom and Ariana have filmed together. She has been laying into him while filming and doesn’t have time for any of his nonsense,” the source shared. “She’s becoming more and more detached and isn’t affected by him as much.”

In addition to having a lot of other projects going on, Ariana has been dating fitness trainer Daniel Wai for the past few months, although it has not been confirmed whether or not he’ll be seen in the upcoming Pump Rules episodes.

Also up in the air for season 11 is Raquel, who has reportedly not yet signed on to film.

Raquel’s “team and Bravo are still trying to hammer out a deal” for her to film, an insider previously told Entertainment Tonight.

While there have been claims of the Pump Rules cast reconciling with Sandoval amid filming on season 11, Scheana Shay, who was seen yelling at Sandoval at SUR earlier this month, spoke out against the idea after a photo of the two of them standing beside one another was shared on Instagram.

“I don’t know why I feel the need to defend taking a photo with my hand like this [in a fist] in the back of someone,” Scheana explained. “We’re all here. We hopped in a photo. I happen to be standing where I was standing. [I] take photos with strangers every f-cking day. I stand like that. You smile, and tilt my head to my good side.”

Vanderpump Rules season 11 is expected to premiere on Bravo sometime later this year or early next year.