Ariana Madix Has a New Man in Her Life! Here’s What to Know About Her Rumored New Beau, Daniel Wai

Ariana Madix Has a New Man in Her Life! Here’s What to Know About Her Rumored New Beau, Daniel Wai

At this point, it’s almost impossible not to be caught up—or at least aware of—the Vanderpump Rules drama re: Scandoval. And how could you not?!?! It has all the makings of a jaw-dropping storyline, from betrayal and breakups to…newfound love? Yep, it sounds like Ariana Madix—who broke up with ex Tom Sandoval after he cheated on her with her friend Raquel Leviss—has reportedly found love in a hopeless place (a music festival).

Last month, the reality TV star made headlines throughout the first weekend of Coachella after she shared an Instagram Story holding hands with Daniel Wai, while he, in turn, uploaded a pic of them cozying up on his own Story.

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By the last day of the music festival, footage was obtained by TMZ of the duo making out and dancing during one of the evening sets. And the rest is history! Ahead, everything you need to know about Daniel, from how he and Ariana met to where sources say they stand now. 👀

Ariana’s new beau is a fitness trainer

One look at Daniel’s social media is all it takes to know that he’s super serious about fitness (unlike me, who just dipped my hand back into a bag of chips for my 8th “last bite.”) Yep, Ariana’s new guy even has his own website with testimonials and info about personal training sessions and “nutritional accountability” with him.

Prior to becoming a fitness coach, Daniel did “consulting work for many clients including some Fortune 500 companies” after graduating from college, per his website.

As he worked on obtaining fitness certificates and refining on his craft, Daniel began moonlighting as a personal trainer—all the while still consulting—before ultimately quitting and focusing on his training career full-time. He sees what he does now as “not just a profession but a labor of love and dedication,” saying this about his current job: “ I am passionate about the work I do and to me it is truly the most fulfilling and satisfying careers.”

He lives in NYC

Daniel is based in New York and runs his business, DW Fitness, on Bowery Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. No-ted!

Daniel and Ariana met at a wedding

Back in April, a source dished to Entertainment Tonight that the new couple was initially introduced to each other “at a mutual friend’s wedding in Mexico,” adding, “He’s a sweet guy.”

Another insider spoke with People just a few days ago and added a bit more context about the dating timeline, saying, “They met in Mexico at a mutual friend’s wedding, shortly after Scandoval broke. At first, it looked like just a light rebound fling but they have a special bond.”

“Even though he lives in New York City, they’ve been able to make it work,” the source added. S’cute!

They’ve been spending tons of time together as of late 👀

A few weeks ago, Ariana celebrated Daniel’s birthday bash in New York City, which made an appearance on the trainer’s Insta. Take a look for yourself and witness all the cute moments, including tons of good eats and even a trip to a Yankees game:

The lovebirds also enjoyed a cute Central Park date and dinner at French eatery Daniel on the Upper East Side. Clearly the man knows how to plan a date, people!

Ariana is already “falling in love” with him

According to a source who spoke with People, the Vanderpump Rules star has “been telling people in her circle that she’s falling in love with him.”

“It’s happening faster than she thought but he treats her well, they’re having fun, and she’s happy to be moving on to this next chapter with such an incredible guy,” the insider added. Mood:

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Aaaaaand that’s pretty much all we know for now! But be sure to check back here for any and all updates on my new fave couple. 😭❤️

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Gretty Garcia is the assistant news editor at Cosmopolitan, where she covers all things news, entertainment, and pop culture. Before joining Cosmo, Gretty was a social strategist for Mrs. Dow Jones and a features and special projects editor at Editorialist. She holds an MS from the Columbia Journalism School and studied art history at Harvard College. 

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