Vanderpump Rules Star Ariana Madix Feels ‘Better’ After Revealing Past Abusive Relationship

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We greatly applaud Ariana Madix‘s honesty.

In a recent episode of Vanderpump Rules, the SUR employee opens up to costar Lala Kent about her past abusive relationship, which caused her to have self-esteem and intimacy issues. As a result, Madix and boyfriend Tom Sandoval hit a dry spell, as documented on the hit Bravo show.

Related: Lala & Her Boyfriend Have BLOCKED Each Other On Instagram!

The female bartender said in the scene:

“I don’t want anyone touching my vagina, like, pretty much ever… I’m uncomfortable with my vagina ├óΓé¼┬ª I was in a really mentally and emotionally abusive relationship, where I was told that my vagina was disgusting.”

In an interview with ET Online published on Friday, Madix reveals she previously shared her story with Tom and close friends, but still found it difficult “to have those conversations.” She dishes:

“Sharing that story, for me, it’s something that I’ve definitely spoken with my close girlfriends about, and I’ve spoken to Tom about it, too, but you know, up until this season, I felt like I haven’t really had that safe, close girl friendship on this show… So, I feel that there’s a lot to me that people don’t know, because I haven’t been able to have those conversations.”

Fortunately, after coming clean with her old wounds, the reality TV personality found the process to be liberating and cathartic.

“It was something that, as soon I started talking about it more openly, I felt better… It’s one of those things where, the hardest things to talk about, as soon as you do, you feel better about whatever it was.”

After the episode aired, Madix received several messages on Twitter from people who have experienced similar or worse instances of abuse.

“It was amazing and also kind of scary to hear how many other people have similar stories… I mean, that really broke my heart at some points. There were a couple stories that people either tweeted at me, or sent me in direct message, that were just absolutely heartbreaking, way worse than anything I’ve ever gone through. I felt so awful for them. It felt good to know that they weren’t alone, and it feels good to know that I’m not alone when I hear that from them. It’s been largely positive and I’m just glad that people are feeling like they have that moment that they can speak about their past and things they’ve been through.”

In the end, Tom is “so proud” of his girlfriend for finding the strength and courage to reveal her past.

Though the two are in the process of moving into a different residence, they are NOT in a rush to get married anytime soon. Tom explains:

“It’s one of those things where, when you’re with somebody that you’ve never quite had these sort of feelings for, you really don’t — it’s the first time I’ve ever been with somebody that I would consider marrying… We don’t really need it. We don’t need something like that. It wouldn’t change our relationship. I don’t think a $60,000 party would change our relationship.”

Truer words were never spoken…

[Image via Sheri Determan/WENN.]

Jan 26, 2018 9:02pm PST

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