Ariana Madix announces new cocktail book following Raquel Leviss’ interview
Ariana Madix, a well-known personality from the reality show “Vanderpump Rules,” has made a significant announcement about her upcoming cocktail book titled “Single AF Cocktails.” This news comes shortly after her former friend and co-star Rachel “Raquel” Leviss gave a tell-all interview. Madix took to Instagram to share a photo of her cookbook/memoir and expressed her feelings about the public exposure of her personal struggles. She thanked those who have supported her during this difficult time, referencing the revelation of her ex-boyfriend Tom Sandoval’s affair with Leviss, which became public knowledge in March.
As a professional bartender, Madix believes it is now time for her to share her side of the story in her first solo published work. She describes the book as her “breakup album,” narrating her relationship with Sandoval and the betrayal that ultimately ended it through the medium of drinks. Each cocktail in the book represents a different phase of the relationship, from the initial blissful honeymoon phase to the eventual downfall and the subsequent journey towards personal growth. Madix emphasizes that the book tells the complete story.
“Single AF Cocktails” is set to release on December 5th, but it is currently available for pre-order. The scandal involving Sandoval and Leviss prompted the show’s cameras to resume filming for Season 10, which had already wrapped up. Leviss faced criticism for her three-part interview, with many arguing that she failed to take responsibility for her role in the affair.
Following the scandal, the cast reunited for a three-part reunion, during which Sandoval and Leviss faced harsh criticism from their fellow cast members. Leviss, who spent three months in a mental health facility in Arizona, decided not to return for Season 11 of the Bravo show, which is still in production. Instead, she appeared on Bethenny Frankel’s podcast, “Just B,” where she claimed that she hadn’t received any financial support from Sandoval while Bravo profited from the situation. Leviss also alleged that Sandoval recorded an intimate FaceTime call without her consent, which alerted Madix to their affair. She further accused Scheana Shay of physical violence, despite having dropped her restraining order against her.
Both Leviss and Frankel have faced significant backlash. Leviss has been criticized for not taking responsibility for her actions, while Frankel, a former star of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” has been accused of exploiting the situation. Frankel is currently involved in a legal battle with NBCUniversal and has accused the network of subjecting reality stars to mental instability by providing alcohol but withholding food, sleep, and mental health treatment. She has also alleged the distribution of non-consensual pornography and the covering up of sexual violence.
Lisa Vanderpump, another star of “Vanderpump Rules” and an executive producer, claims that Leviss received over $350,000 for Season 10. Vanderpump is relieved by Leviss’ departure, as she believes that the cast no longer trusts her.
Ariana Madix rules.
The “Vanderpump Rules” star expertly announced a new cocktail book, “Single AF Cocktails,” on the heels of her former friend and now-former co-star Rachel “Raquel” Leviss’ tell-all interview.
“These last few months have been a whirlwind and though I’m in a better place now, having my personal devastation unfold so publicly was painful,” Madix, 38, captioned an Instagram photo of her forthcoming cookbook/memoir Friday — mere hours after the third and final part of Leviss’ sit-down with Bethenny Frankel debuted.
“Through all the rumors and crazy headlines, everyone had their own hot take on what happened and I’ll forever be grateful for those who continue to support me through all of it,” Madix continued, referring to her now-ex-boyfriend Tom Sandoval’s months-long affair with Leviss, which was exposed in March.
Madix — a bartender by profession — said the time has come for her to tell her “side of the story” in her first solo published work, which she described as her “breakup album, the story of [her] relationship [with Sandoval] and the betrayal that ended it all, told through drinks.”
“Each cocktail tells part of the story of what happened, in my own words,” she explained. “From our happy honeymoon phase, the early issues in our relationship, to when everything broke, and finally, making it out the other side, stronger than before, I’ll cover it all. The book tells the whole story.”
“Single AF Cocktails,” a play on her 2019 “Fancy AF Cocktails” book with Sandoval, doesn’t go on sale until Dec. 5 but is currently available for pre-order.
After Sandoval and Leviss’ dalliance made headlines, cameras quickly picked back up to capture the fallout for “Pump Rules” Season 10, which had already wrapped.
The cast then gathered mere weeks later to shoot the three-part reunion, during which the secret lovers got brutalized by their co-stars.
After spending three months at a mental health facility in Arizona, Leviss, 28, decided against re-joining the Bravo show for Season 11, which is still in production.
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Instead, she chose to appear on Frankel’s “Just B” podcast, during which she claimed she hasn’t “seen a single penny” from Scandoval while Bravo has been “running to the bank.”
She also alleged that Sandoval, 41, recorded the “intimate” FaceTime call that tipped off Madix of their illicit romance “without [her] consent” and doubled down on her accusation that Scheana Shay “socked [her] in the eye” despite having already dropped her restraining order.
Both Leviss and Frankel have been on the receiving end of serious backlash — with critics blasting the former beauty pageant queen for continuing to take “no accountability” for her actions, and the disgruntled former “Real Housewives of New York City” star for “exploiting” her.
Frankel is notably in the midst of recruiting fellow reality stars and alums in her legal war against NBCUniversal.
The Skinnygirl mogul, 52, recently accused NBC and Bravo of making “deliberate attempts” to “manufacture mental instability” by plying their talent with “alcohol while depriving them of food and sleep, as well as denying mental health treatment for those displaying obvious and alarming signs of mental deterioration.”
She also accused the networks of “distributing and/or condoning the distribution of non-consensual pornography,” going on to mention the “distribution of revenge porn” and the “covering up” of “sexual violence.”
As for Leviss’ allegations, “Pump Rules” star and executive producer Lisa Vanderpump claims the brunette beauty actually walked away with over $350,000 for Season 10.
The restauranteur, 62, is also relieved over Leviss’ departure from the series because the cast doesn’t “believe anything she says.”