What We Know About Vanderpump Rules' Ariana Madix Rumored Relationship With Daniel Wai

Ariana Madix appears ready to enjoy her first official Hot Girl Summer after her messy split from longtime boyfriend Tom Sandoval. The "Scandoval" cheating scandal closed out "Vanderpump Rules" Season 10 with viewers feeling sympathy for how heartbroken Madix was upon finding out her boyfriend of almost 10 years had been secretly sleeping with her best friend, Raquel Leviss, for months, as reported by Page Six

While speaking with The New York Times in May 2023, Madix acknowledged the increased support she received after the affair, even if it came at "a very unexpected cost." Scandoval, as it's known, also gave Madix newfound confidence in conquering the most challenging situations with style and grace. After being forced to relive her boyfriend's affair on national television, Madix wondered, "What can I not handle at this point?"

Since the devastating breakup, Madix has been in high demand with appearances at the White House Correspondents Dinner and a fun-filled weekend at Coachella where the newly single Bravo star first started fueling dating rumors with Daniel Wai.

The alleged couple are reportedly 'just having fun'

Ariana Madix set the rumor mill ablaze when TMZ shared footage of her kissing and holding hands with Daniel Wai at Coachella 2023. Throughout the weekend, the pair appeared flirty and teased how much fun they were having together on their respective Instagram Stories. It didn't seem like they had anything to hide as the energy and body language suggested Madix was happily moving on from Tom Sandoval. 

While insiders clarified to People that Madix was simply "single and having fun," especially considering her very public breakup, she seemingly continued to date Wai throughout the following month after their Coachella debut with Madix posing for photos with the NYC-based personal trainer at a Yankees game and Wai teasing their cozy date nights in New York City on his Instagram Story, as captured by Us Weekly

The distance didn't seem to be too much of a factor either, as Madix gushed about Wai during a television appearance following the "Vanderpump Rules" Season 10 finale. 

Madix is 'very happy' and 'very satisfied' with Wai

The "Vanderpump Rules" Season 10 finale was loaded with bombshells with Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix's breakup, aka "Scandoval," taking center stage as they opened up about everything that went on behind the scenes. The episode helped close out the season with a series-high, having raked in a combined 4.1 million viewers, per Variety

Madix later made a highly-anticipated guest appearance on "Watch What Happens Live," with Andy Cohen, where she gushed about her budding romance with fitness trainer Daniel Wai. "I'll just say that I am very happy and very satisfied," Madix coyly told Cohen (via Bravo). She also credited her Coachella experience with Wai as "the time of my life."

Wai even received the stamp of approval from Madix's "VPR" co-stars Scheana Shay and Lala Kent, with Shay telling E! News: "It's been really, really amazing to just see her so happy." Kent added, "To see her with this new guy, where she just seems light and excited about life, it's inspiring." After a seriously harsh few months, Madix more than deserves it.