Ariana Madix Opens Up About Mental Health On 'Vanderpump Rules'

Ariana Madix Opens Up About Mental Health And Her Sexuality On ‘Vanderpump Rules’

Ariana Madix
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Ariana Madix is the real MVP of ‘Vanderpump Rules’ this season

Amid all the bachelorette party drama and Brittany Cartwright and Jax Taylor’s pastor anti-gay comments seen this week on Vanderpump Rules, we need to take a moment to highlight the brief segment earlier in the episode where we watch Ariana Madix and SURver Dayna Kathan bond over being bisexual, because these are the kind of conversations we should be seeing more of on reality TV.

Last episode, we watched the Vanderpump Rules cast partake in all of the Sur Restaurant and L.A. Gay Pride festivities. For one particular cast member, Dayna, it was her very first L.A. Pride; and to commemorate the moment, she took to Instagram to announce she is bisexual.

“This will come as a surprise to no one who really knows me, but I am bisexual,” Dayna wrote. “Whether you’re a little gay, or super gay, or not gay at all, let’s all try to remember that we’re in this human experience together. Happy pride!”

“I just feel so much lighter now that that’s out there,” Dayna told Ariana during the episode, adding that she thinks she knew in middle school that she was “different.” “I remember noticing both genders, and I had this good friend and we kissed for the first time. Immediately after I kissed that girl, I remember feeling I shouldn’t tell anyone. But then I was like, you know what, fuck it; this is who I am.”

This also happened to be the first time Ariana attended Pride as an openly bisexual woman.

Ariana opened up about her sexuality last season on the show after her boyfriend Tom Sandoval revealed that she and co-star Lala Kent had a sexual encounter in the back of his car. Needless to say, Ariana was pissed.

“I’m not embarrassed or ashamed of what happened between Lala and I, but I do feel like Tom betrayed my trust by telling this story to his guy friends. My sexuality is not something that is meant to sound cool to a bunch of dudes,” she said in a confessional interview. “When you talk about anyone’s sexuality without their consent, it’s really not OK.”

More recently, Ariana took to Twitter in January to address Jax’s under-the-breath comment during Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live (WWHL). “I DO like women AND men. It’s called being bisexual,” she tweeted. “Ever heard of it? #thisisnthard”