May 22, 2023 | 5:49pm
“Vanderpump Rules” star Ariana Madix is defending Tom Sandoval’s “friend” Billie Lee walking her dog, even though the show alum has been accused of hooking up with him.
After Lee was photographed walking the gray-and-white Pit Bull mix the exes adopted together in 2020Madix’s supporters rushed to Instagram to declare their outrage.
“Don’t 👏🏼 touch 👏🏼 Ariana’s 👏🏼 dog 👏🏼 Mya 👏🏼!!!” Bravo fan account @cici.loves.you captioned a screenshot of DailyMail.com’s article about the photos, which was headlined: “Vanderpump Rules alum Billie Lee walks Tom Sandoval’s dog after spending time at his house…following rumors of a past fling.”
Cici scratched out “Tom Sandoval’s dog” from the headline and replaced it with “Ariana’s dog,” adding in her caption, “Ugh, the way this makes my blood boil. And who ever [sic] wrote that article, do your due diligence properly.”
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Commenting on the post, Madix, 37, explained that she’s not just OK with Lee walking Mya, she’s grateful for it.
“billie helping out when i am out of the state for work is a nice thing to do,” she wrote, “but mya is my dog and that article should correct itself ❤️.”
Though Lee, 39, left the Bravo reality show in 2019, her name has come up several times in the last few weeks.
After Sandoval’s months-long affair with co-star Raquel Leviss was exposed in March, Scheana Shay said she “absolutely think[s]” the bar owner also cheated on Madix with Lee.
Kristen Doute, for her part, “heard” that the pair “f–ked.”
Shay and Doute’s suspicions are shared by Lala Kent, who added, “I think that Tom has been hooking up with a lot of people. A few years ago, I heard the rumors that Tom and Billie Lee go off and do whatever they go and do.”
However, Sandoval’s rep insisted to Page Six last week, “I can confirm that is absolutely not true. They are friends.”
Denial of a romantic relationship came after the two were seen hanging out together numerous times on the heels of Scandoval.
Lee was even snapped exiting the home Sandoval, 40, shared with Madix — until she moved out on Monday — in the same clothes she was wearing the night before.
Despite the LGBTQIA+ activist’s public allegiance to “both parties,” Madix unfollowed — and maybe even blocked — Lee on Instagram.
The Something About Her co-owner dumped Sandoval, whom she had been dating for nearly a decade, after learning of his dalliance with Leviss, 28.