Participating in Fox’s Stars on Mars has allowed Tom Schwartz to start to feel like himself again after his divorce from Katie Maloney.
“I needed a good dose of levity and adventure,” the Vanderpump Rules star, 40, exclusively told Us Weekly on Friday, June 23, while promoting the Fox series. “I guess from, like, the past few years, I floundered a little bit and I kind of feel like I fell apart, but coming up here, it gave me a fresh perspective on everything. It gave me the overview effect.”
Schwartz continued: “It’s like when astronauts go up [into space] and they look back down on Earth and all of a sudden they get this, like, cognitive shift. They look at the world differently. I needed to just reset my mind and I accomplished that up there. I really did. I was stuck in my own little sad story, kinda wallowing a little bit for the past year. And, [Stars on Mars] snapped me out of it, and I feel like I’m myself again.”
Schwartz — who found that he “thrives” with adventure and levity — had been with Maloney, 36, for more than a decade before they decided to go their separate ways. The now-exes, who wed in 2016, confirmed in March 2022 that they had split.
“I never thought I would have to make an announcement like this. But I feel it’s important that I’m open about my life with you,” the Something About Her restaurateur wrote via Instagram at the time. “After 12 years on an adventure through our life together, Tom and I are ending our marriage. This ending is not met with resentment or animosity, no sides to choose. We have deep admiration for one another that will always remain and cherish our friendship.”