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All these years later, Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix are still finding sweet and adorable ways to keep their romance fresh. Their creativity certainly kicked into high gear during the peak of the pandemic, and it was during that time that the Vanderpump Rules couple learned a lot about their relationship.
"I mean, one thing that I definitely learned is that I can be around Tom for extended periods of time and still enjoy his company," Ariana told Bravo Insider in a phone interview earlier this spring.
"Likewise," Tom added to Bravo Insider. "I feel like we have a good rhythm and rapport. But we still have enough of our own things going on. 'Cause you do need a little bit of that separation. And we have the gym. I go into the gym, I work out and do a lot of work in there. Ariana does a lot of it in the bedroom. So we do have a chance to kind of get away from each other, and then there's time together."
It's a balance that Ariana agreed is important. "We keep our independence where [and] when we can," she said. "And then when we do have time to spend together, it is really special."
So, what kinds of special things have the couple been getting up to? "We had some really fun dance parties," Tom revealed. "Like, just the two of us dance parties."
The couple revealed that when they throw these dance parties, they put on a concert from a band they love from videos posted and throw on some costumes and fun lighting.
Ariana noted that creating those moments was a great way for the couple to lift the mood on "the days where things seemed really bleak or when we were unsure of if anything was gonna get better."
Plus, they have their adorable pets (dogs Charlotte York and Maya, who they rescued last year, as well as a cat named Kitty) to keep them busy as well. “I don’t know if you remember Homeward Bound,” Ariana said, “But they’re like my Shadow, Chance, and Sassy. They definitely have a little bit of that dynamic. And it’s really cute to just see how they’ve come together as a pack and a family in the last year.”
In addition to chatting with Bravo Insider, Tom and Ariana have both shared sweet tributes to each other on Instagram in recent months. Back in February, Tom wrote, "Happy Valentine’s Day to the love of my life...And the best damn Dumplin in the whole wide world!"
Earlier this year, Ariana posted an anniversary message for her partner of nearly a decade. "7 years with you. You’ve shown me love that I had only dreamed of. I don’t know what adventures life has in store for us but if it’s anything like the last 7 years, I can’t wait to spend every moment with you," she wrote. "I love you."
It was confirmed in April that Tom and Ariana will return for Season 9 of Vanderpump Rules along with Lisa Vanderpump, Tom Schwartz, Katie Maloney-Schwartz, Scheana Shay, Lala Kent, James Kennedy, and Raquel Leviss
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— Reporting by Hannah Chambers
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