This season of Vanderpump Rules, we've gotten to know a super cool (and super cute!) new member of the crew: Ariana Madix's little brother, Jeremy Madix. Naturally, with those amazing genes, Jeremy has quickly become something of a heartthrob among Vanderpump Rules fans.
Ariana told The Daily Dish that she fully expected viewers to fall in love with Jeremy, who she adorably refers to as "Jerbear." "Every time I go on Twitter, someone else is saying that they have a crush on my brother," she revealed. "I guess I'm not surprised because I think he's so cute, but I think he's so cute in a little brother way. I picture this little kid, so when people say he's hot, I'm like, 'Oh. Well good to know.'"
That didn't surprise Tom Sandoval one bit. "As soon as he came to L.A., the girls loved Jeremy," he told The Daily Dish. But sorry, ladies, Jeremy is taken.
Before Jeremy, 24, moved to L.A., he was living in the Madix siblings' home state of Florida. "He was selling insurance to make ends meet, save up money, and get the heck of out Florida," Ariana said.
Now Jeremy is chasing his dreams working in photography in L.A. while also bussing at a little place called SUR. "So he's got the regular tip money coming in, and he's got his photography jobs," Ariana said. "He's always been a really artistic person. Photography's something that he really wanted to do for a long time."
Jeremy is also responsible for the masterpiece that is this photo gifted to Jax Taylor for his birthday, as we saw earlier this season of Vanderpump Rules. We like Jeremy even more now.
Ariana said that when Jeremy decided to come out to L.A., she wanted to do everything she could to help him get settled, including inviting him to live with her and Tom and putting in a good word for him at SUR. "The thing is with acting jobs, photography jobs, all that stuff, when it rains, it pours, and when there's nothing, there's nothing," she explained. "And I didn't want him to be in the position where he wasn't getting those jobs for a minute, waiting for that next rainstorm of jobs."
In fact, Ariana has always looked out for her little bro. "Jerbear, to me he's always gonna be this 11-year-old boy that calls me 'Sissy' and wants me to watch him play baseball in the front yard," she said. "I've always been really protective of him. In elementary school, because he used to get made fun of when he was super little, I left my class, went to the recess of another class to bitch out this bully girl, whatever. You've got to do what you've got to do."
These days, Jeremy is fitting in well and has made a lot of friends at SUR, according to Ariana and Tom. Most importantly, Jeremy has made his big sis proud. "I'm just really proud of him. I'm proud of the fact that he made the move to L.A. He's always wanted to live in California," Ariana gushed. "And to see him really put forth so much effort and really just make it happen for himself, I'm really proud of him for doing that, for making his dreams be a reality."
These Madix siblings really know how to melt our hearts.
Watch Jeremy have some more Cali fun with the Vanderpump Rules crew, below.