There’s Something About Her! The booked-and-busy reality star will cha-cha-cha into the ballroom this fall, ‘DWTS’ judge Derek Hough announced Friday
Ariana Madix is officially a contender for the mirrorball trophy!
“This season on Dancing with the Stars, we are going absolutely mad — mad for Madix!” Hough said, introducing Madix. “Say goodbye to the drama and hello to the dance floor!”
‘That’s right, I’m Vanderpump Rules‘ Ariana Madix, and I will be joining the cast of Dancing with the Stars this season,” she said, before showing off some moves with Hough.
Madix is the first star to be revealed for season 23 of Dancing with the Stars. The full cast will be revealed on Good Morning America Sept. 13.
“I mean, she’s gotten endorsement deals. She’s on Dancing with the Stars. The way people responded to her last night was so positively,” he said of her appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.
“Good morning, America!” he said in the clip, which appeared to be filmed inside Madix and VPR costar Katie Maloney‘s new sandwich shop, Something About Her. “Guess who is joining Dancing with the Stars this season?”
Madix first commented on the breakup in an Instagram post about two weeks after the secret relationship was exposed.
Rather than addressing Sandoval, 40, and Leviss, 28, she thanked her fans and friends: “when i have felt like i couldn’t even stand, you all have given me the strength to continue and seen me through my darkest hours. to say i have been devastated and broken is an understatement.”
She ended the statement, “what doesn’t kill me better run.”
In May, she opened up to PEOPLE about her reaction to learning of the affair, sharing, “My anxiety at first was through the roof. Those first few weeks … just the stomach ache, not being able to fall asleep, not eating and feeling sick even at the idea of wanting to eat. It was really so bad.”
She said that learning of the cheating scandal between now-ex and their Bravo costar back in March was her lowest point.
“It felt like rock bottom,” she explained. “I’ve gone through other stuff before on the show but nothing like this at all. But there’s nowhere else to go from rock bottom except up. So honestly, realizing that really helped me come out of that.”
Since the split, Madix has booked a part in the upcoming Lifetime movie Buying Back My Daughter. PEOPLE exclusively revealed a first look at her role as Officer Karen in the film, which is set to premiere this fall.
In Glamour’s June cover story, Madix revealed that she said yes to nearly every sponsorship deal to provide for her family.
“We have no generational wealth in our family. I want to make enough money to be able to take care of my mom and my brother and any other family members who may or may not need it,” she explained. “I never want to worry about it ever, ever, ever. So I will work as much as possible to not have to.”
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Season 32 of Dancing with the Stars premieres this fall on ABC, and will stream on Disney+ and Hulu.
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