"It was a pretty juicy f--king scandal," Sandoval told his fellow celebrity competitors of the controversy in a sneak peek at the Oct. 16 episode of Special Forces: World's Toughest Test, adding, "If you would have opened up Instagram, you would have seen me and Ariana every day."
The 41-year-old noted that after Scandoval "blew up," he received a lot of messages from critics that were "paragraphs of just like vicious, so visceral, like, hatred."
When speed skater Erin Jackson asked him "what made it such a big deal," Sandoval revealed he is still stumped by the whole ordeal. "I honestly don't know," the TomTom co-owner noted. "I'm a f--king stupid reality star. Like, come on man."
In a confessional, the Tom Sandoval & The Most Extras frontman reflected on how the backlash tarnished his reputation.
"Before this whole scandal, I would meet people who had probably seen me on Vanderpump Rules, and they'd be like, ‘Oh my gosh, he's so cool," he explained. "And then now, people think I'm a complete narcissist, creeper vibes. I'm definitely not here to run away. I want to punish myself. I think I deserve it."
Sandoval's latest comments come three weeks after Madix made her debut on Dancing With the Stars. And while he is testing his mental and physical limits on Special Forces, she's waltzing away from the drama in the ballroom.
"My life has been a rollercoaster in the past year," Madix said during the ABC show's Sept. 26 premiere. "Everybody got to watch it all play out and my life blow up on television."
The Bravo star went on to note that Scandoval "does not define" her.
"I just want to do something that is for me and positive," the 38-year-old, who has since moved on with fitness coach Daniel Wai following the March breakup, continued. "It's time for me to stand on my own two feet. Feeling like you were a joke to your partner of nine years is devastating, but I want to show other women that you don't have to let that hold you back."
Special Forces: World's Toughest Test airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on Fox.
Keep reading for everything we know (so far) about Vanderpump Rules' new season post-Scandoval.
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