Take That, Sandy! Ariana Madix’s New BF Is a Fitness Trainer And They're Adorable

Elizabeth Randolph - Author

Jan. 31 2024, Updated 1:43 p.m. ET

We at Distractify love to see someone dust themselves off and try again, and that’s exactly what Ariana Madix has been doing these days. In 2023, Ariana’s nearly 10-year relationship with Tom Sandoval ended abruptly. Vanderpump Rules fans were later gagged to learn that Sandy had an affair with Raquel Leviss before he and Ariana officially split.

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While #Scandoval isn’t ending anytime soon, all parties seemingly want to move on. Ariana, specifically, had already inked a spot on Dancing With the Stars, a Lifetime movie gig, and was reportedly also seeing strides in her love life well before Season 11 premiered. Her new man has nothing to do with any of Bravo’s programming and has created a name for himself in the fitness industry.

Here’s everything we know about who Ariana Madix is dating now!

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Who is Ariana Madix dating? Meet Daniel Wai.

Ariana and her mystery man first went public during Coachella 2023 in April. However, the Bravolebrity didn’t quickly show off her new beau. Fans first spotted Ariana holding hands on her Instagram story on day two of the music festival.

On day three of Coachella, TMZ spotted Ariana and her plus-one locking lips multiple times during the musical acts. Ariana also wrapped her arms around him at one point as they continued dancing like no one was watching.

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So, who is Ariana dating? His name is Daniel Wai, and he is a fitness coach based in New York. According to his Instagram account, he is all about staying fit and being mindful of his diet. Additionally, Daniel is all about hyping Ariana up and sharing the random photo of two of them together.

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In December 2023, he shared an Instagram post from when he went to see her perform on Dancing With the Stars.

"This is an appreciation post for @arianamadix. I am so proud of you and you are so amazing and to me you are the champ, the people's champ," he wrote.

Ariana commented on the post with: "Your support throughout this incredible journey that was DWTS was everything. Helping me keep my sh-t together, helping my mom get to the shows, and reminding me always of everything good. What an insane time this was. I’m so grateful you were a part of it."

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Despite Ariana moving on, the 'Vanderpump Rules' Season 10 finale put the cheating scandal into overdrive.

Since going public with the new man in her life, Ariana is more than ready to put #Scandoval behind her.

Unfortunately, VPR fans can’t stop dissecting the biggest scandal of the series. And of course, the Season 10 finale and the Season 11 premiere only stoked the flames.

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Tom explained in the Season 10 finale that he stepped out of the relationship due to something missing from his relationship with Ariana.

"I was seeking something I wasn’t getting here. She treats me with respect, something I haven’t gotten from you in a long time,” Tom said to Ariana, who called his friendship with Raquel "bulls--t."

(l-r): Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval
Source: Getty Images
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Season 11 of 'Vanderpump Rules' features more of the Scandoval aftermath.

While fans had eagerly anticipated the Season 10 reunion, the Season 11 premiere was an even bigger deal to many. The eleventh installment of the Bravo series features the aftermath of the scandal and the beginning of Ariana's relationship with Daniel.

While Tom and Ariana are broken up, she seems to be in good spirits and living her best life since they broke up. An insider who was reportedly around Ariana at Coachella said she looked “happy and confident” while attending the festival with Scheana Shay and Brock Davies, per Us Weekly.

And while Tom and Raquel are no longer seeing each other, Tom is still a big part of Vanderpump Rules, whether Ariana likes it or not.

Watch Vanderpump Rules on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EST on Bravo.

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