Just like the rest of us, Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix have been self-quarantining at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Vanderpump Rules couple has been hunkered down at their Valley Village home playing puzzles and laying low — but they're not alone. The two revealed to ET that they have a new family member: a currently unnamed rescue dog they just adopted!
While it seems like a dog can (usually) make any situation better, Ariana, who has been open about her journey with depression, shared she still struggles while practicing social distancing.
"There's ups and downs, there's good days and bad days," she said. "I'm trying to get a little more back on track. In the beginning of all this, I was determined to be more productive, and then, I feel like everybody was pressuring, everyone is pressuring online and social media to be more productive. And then it made me feel bad. So, you know, I was like, if I'm not feeling it, I'm just gonna let myself not feel it, and just try to ride the wave, instead of forcing it to be this, you know, workout from home and, you know, do a live and all this stuff."
And she's not afraid to be real about the challenges of quarantine life: "Somebody asked me on my Instagram, 'What are you doing to stay positive during all of this? And at first I started to type out this answer that was, like, 'Well, I'm trying to stay physically active…' and then, I deleted it. I was like, no. I don't even want to say that, because I might -- I'm not necessarily staying positive. And I feel like that kind of needs to be OK and for everybody," she said.
Tom told ET he's been keeping busy by working on new business ideas and cocktail recipes, as well as collaborating with designer Nick Alain, who designed Lisa Vanderpump’s eateries, on an "at-home bar that will feel like a legit establishment, with its own entrance and everything." In addition to a home bar, he and Ariana are finishing up decorating their house and remodeling her closet.
As for how Tom Tom, which is currently closed during the pandemic amid California's "Stay at Home" order, is doing, Tom shared he and Tom Schwartz were able to write 69 checks so far to their employees who are out of work by doing Cameo videos and donating the proceeds.
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