Vanderpump Rules stars Tom Sandoval and Raquel Leviss’ scandalous affair has shattered the status quo for the longtime friend group, leaving a lot still unknown when it comes to the cast. Tom has been a member of the Vanderpump Rules cast since its premiere in 2013. After dating ex-girlfriend Kristen Doute in the first few seasons of the show, Tom began dating his longtime girlfriend Ariana Madix, and the pair have been together since Vanderpump Rules season 3. Following news of the affair, Ariana has remained quiet on the drama.
Vanderpump Rules’ Raquel Leviss joined the show as guest star when she was James Kennedy’s girlfriend in season 5, but the pair broke up after five years together. After the once-engaged pair parted ways, Raquel went on to date around before getting into a scandalous fling with newly single Tom Schwartz, best friend of Tom Sandoval and ex-husband of Vanderpump Rules OG Katie Maloney. Katie and Tom Schwartz had broken up after five years of marriage when Raquel and Tom began seeing each other, breaking Katie’s rule of banning her ex from hooking up within their tight-knit friend group.
Tom Sandoval & Raquel Leviss Started Their Affair In Summer 2022
While Tom Schwartz and Katie were dealing with the drama surrounding his fling with Raquel, Tom Sandoval was cheating on Ariana with the same woman. The pair allegedly first hooked up at Coachella in 2022, and have spent the subsequent months getting into a full-fledged sexual relationship, at times reportedly even in Tom and Ariana’s home while the latter is asleep. According to Kristen’s podcast, Sex, Love, and What Else Matters, Ariana found out about the affair while Tom’s band was performing the night before the news broke to the public. Kristen claims Ariana saw a screen recorded video of Tom and Raquel cheating over FaceTime on his phone, and confronted him shortly thereafter.
Tom Sandoval & Ariana Madix Split While Raquel Played The Victim
Ariana broke off their relationship quickly and deleted her Instagram account. Vanderpump Rules cameras rolled the following day, as Raquel and Tom filmed together to talk. It was reported that Raquel would likely try to play the victim in the scenario, but the reports were refuted quickly, along with her claims that cast member Scheana Shay physically assaulted her after finding out about the affair. Tom has issued two statements after the scandal broke. The first statement discussed his restaurant, asking fans to please not blame his business partners for his personal failures. After receiving backlash, Tom released another statement, where he apologized to Ariana and all the other people he’s hurt.
The Vanderpump Rules cast hasn’t taken the scandal lightly, with many taking to social media to show their support for Ariana and their disdain for Tom and Raquel. With information coming to light nearly every day, the scandal has been moving quickly, and some information has been kept under wraps. Now that cameras are rolling again, the scandal, nicknamed “Scandoval,” will be covered in the currently airing Vanderpump Rules season 10.
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Vanderpump Rules airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EDT on Bravo.
Source: Sex, Love, and What Else Matters, Tom Sandoval/Instagram, Tom Sandoval/Instagram