Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix’s Breakup, Defined

Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix’s Breakup, Defined


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The Bravo world was rocked on March 3 when “Vanderpump Guidelines” stars Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix cut up after 9 years collectively. Within the aftermath, quite a few retailers reported that their cut up was prompted by the revelation that Sandoval cheated on Madix with their costar Raquel Leviss in a months-long affair. Dozens of Bravo stars appeared to verify the information on social media, together with producer Andy Cohen, who tweeted out a siren emoji after which requested, “What number of elements is simply too many elements for the #pumprules reunion???” POPSUGAR reached out to reps for Sandoval, Madix, and Leviss for touch upon the allegations however didn’t obtain responses.

The web has since been ablaze with Bravo followers making an attempt to determine what precisely occurred between the three stars. On March 8, Sandoval and Leviss each launched statements apologizing to Madix for his or her roles within the state of affairs. Then, over every week later, Madix launched an announcement about her breakup and the aftermath. In the event you’re not a Bravo head, or are muddy on the main points, here is a full timeline of the drama, together with the newest statements on the problem — together with what viewers discovered through the three-part season 10 reunion.

Who Are Tom Sandoval, Ariana Madix, and Raquel Leviss?

Sandoval, Madix, and Leviss are all forged members of “Vanderpump Guidelines.” Sandoval and Madix met and have become buddies after they labored as bartenders at eating places owned by former “Actual Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump earlier than the present started filming. Sandoval was a forged member when the primary season premiered in 2013, whereas Madix joined for season two the next 12 months. Sandoval’s finest buddy is fellow forged member Tom Schwartz, with whom he is began two eating places: TomTom With Vanderpump, and Schwartz and Sandy’s totally on their very own. Schwartz cut up from his spouse, castmate Katie Maloney, in early 2022.

Leviss, in the meantime, was first launched in season 5 because the girlfriend of forged member James Kennedy. The pair obtained engaged in Could 2021 after 5 years collectively. (Sandoval even helped Kennedy plan and pay for the over-the-top proposal.) Nevertheless, the couple ultimately cut up that December.

In the course of the summer season of 2022 (and as filmed for the present, which is at the moment airing on Bravo), there have been rumors that Leviss was hooking up with Schwartz and that their attraction got here to a head on the marriage ceremony of forged member Scheana Shay in late August. Because the present premiered, Leviss has mentioned that it was OK for her to be concerned with Schwartz regardless of Maloney’s needs as a result of she and Maloney weren’t buddies. Shay and Leviss appeared collectively on the March 3 episode of the “Chicks within the Workplace” podcast (which was launched earlier than information broke), and Leviss mentioned, “Ariana [and Scheana] had been those that actually embraced me into this group and have been there for me since day one, so I do know who my true buddies are.”

How Lengthy Have been Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix Collectively?

Sandoval and Madix started courting in 2014. They purchased a home collectively in Valley Village, in Los Angeles, in 2019.

Did Tom Sandoval Cheat on Ariana Madix With Raquel Leviss?

On March 3, TMZ broke the information that Sandoval and Madix had cut up amid allegations of dishonest involving Leviss and that “Vanderpump Guidelines” was filming the fallout. Different retailers rapidly confirmed the information, as did a few of their “Pump Guidelines” costars on Instagram, together with Kennedy and Lala Kent. Madix reportedly came upon in regards to the affair that Wednesday when she noticed Sandoval’s cellphone and his texts with Leviss.

Sources advised Individuals that the affair had been occurring for six months. On April 11, TMZ posted a photograph of Sandoval and Leviss collectively in Sandoval’s hometown of St. Louis, which was reportedly taken on December 29, 2022 — which is inside the timeframe that the affair reportedly occurred in.

Within the months earlier than Sandoval and Madix cut up, Leviss continued to play up rumors that she was concerned with Schwartz. She wore a TomTom sweatshirt to BravoCon in October, and when Maloney accused her of being a “fangirl,” she wrote on Instagram that she principally wore it to be cozy and added, “I additionally wore it to assist BOTH of the Toms.” She included #NumberOneTomStan.

Weeks later, Sandoval dressed as Leviss within the sweatshirt for Halloween, as Leviss memorialized in her Halloween Instagram spotlight.

What Has Tom Sandoval Mentioned Concerning the Affair?

Again on March 4, Sandoval posted an announcement on his Instagram asking that folks not direct their anger towards Schwartz, who he says knew nothing about his actions till just lately. He additionally requested that folks not take their frustration out on their restaurant Schwartz and Sandy’s. “Hey, I totally perceive and deserve ur anger and disappointment in direction of me, however please go away Schwartz my family and friends out of this example,” he wrote. “Schwartz particularly solely came upon about this very just lately, and most positively didn’t condone my actions.”

“This was a really private factor,” Sandoval continued. “Schwartz & Sandy’s might need my identify on it, but additionally there are 3 different companions and 20 workers, who particularly depend on the restaurant for revenue for them and their households. Identical to TomTom, I am a small a part of a a lot larger factor. Please direct ur anger in direction of me and never them. They did nothing mistaken.”

Sandoval went on to apologize to his companions who “should undergo for my actions.” He added that he could be stepping away from the eating places for now “out of respect for my workers & companions.” He concluded his submit, “I want a while to handle all the things else. Sorry for all the things.” Sandoval didn’t point out Madix in that assertion.

Hours earlier, Schwartz and Sandy’s additionally posted an announcement on Instagram asking individuals to be form to the employees there who had “nothing to do with this unlucky state of affairs.” The assertion additionally known as Madix “a very good buddy and an ideal supporter of the restaurant.” Schwartz has not commented, however that Saturday, followers posted images of him on the restaurant greeting visitors.

On March 8, Sandoval posted a brand new assertion to his Instagram web page, writing, “I need to before everything apologize to everybody I’ve damage via this course of. Most of all, I need to apologize to Ariana. I made errors, I used to be egocentric, and made reckless choices that damage any person I like. Nobody deserves to really feel that ache so traumatically and publicly.”

He continued, “I can solely think about how devastating this has been for Ariana and everybody round us. I really feel actually horrible about that. My greatest remorse is that I dishonored Ariana. I by no means meant to disappoint so many individuals, together with out loving household and buddies.”

Sandoval then appeared to handle “Vanderpump Guidelines” viewers, writing, “My love for Ariana was robust than any digital camera ever may have captured. A few of our greatest time collectively had been by no means filmed. The identical goes for a few of our greatest struggles. I want issues occurred in a special order and our relationship was not severely tarnished, and that it ended with the identical respect for her that it started with. I owed Ariana higher.”

He concluded, “I’m past unhappy that it ended the way in which it did. The alternatives I made damage so many individuals. I acted in a means that clashes with who and the way I need to be. I’ll mirror and work on myself. I’ve work to do. I at all times have, and I at all times will.”

On March 28, following the filming of the “Vanderpump Guidelines” reunion particular, Sandoval spoke to a TMZ cameraman in regards to the affair. He principally dodged questions on Madix and Leviss, however did say he “in fact” regrets the circumstances of his relationship with the latter. “I may have dealt with issues means higher,” he admitted, additionally saying, “Hindsight’s at all times 20/20, man.”

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On April 11, Sandoval sat down for an interview with Howie Mandel and elaborated on his facet of the story, telling the host that he broke up with Madix on Valentine’s Day — earlier than she found the affair. He additionally mentioned that he had been making an attempt to interrupt up with Madix for some time.

“I made it fairly clear in remedy that I needed to, like, take the steps to interrupt up. After which truly Ariana type of simply actually began preventing for it and I felt so, so dangerous about it as a result of she was being so unbelievably candy and wonderful,” he mentioned, including that Madix was “utterly in denial” in regards to the finish of their relationship. “She’s like, ‘I am not letting you allow me. You are gonna should drive me out of this relationship,” Sandoval claimed, alleging that Madix advised him, “. . . in case you break up with me, you’ll successfully be ending my life.'”

What Has Raquel Leviss Mentioned Concerning the Affair?

Leviss launched an announcement to “Leisure Tonight” on March 8, which started together with her writing, “I need to apologize for my actions and my selections foremost to Ariana, and to my buddies and the followers so invested in {our relationships}. There is no such thing as a excuse, I’m not a sufferer and I need to personal my actions and I deeply remorse hurting Ariana.”

She continued, “I’m reflecting on my selections, talking to a counselor and I’m studying issues about myself comparable to my patterns of codependency and habit to being and feeling liked. I’ve sought emotional validation via intimate connections that aren’t wholesome with out regard for my very own well-being, typically negatively affecting others and infrequently prioritizing the intimate connection over my friendships. I’m taking steps to grasp my habits and make more healthy selections.”

The assertion went on, “Though I selected to be on a actuality present accepting the nice and dangerous that comes with it, past my very own actions I’ve been bodily assaulted, misplaced friendships, obtained demise threats and hate emails along with having had my privateness violated.”

Leviss concluded, “I’ve begun counseling to finish my unhealthy behavioral cycle, be taught to set stronger emotional boundaries and be taught to guard my psychological well being. I do not count on sympathy, understanding or forgiveness. Proper now I need to focus by myself well being and well-being and as I attempt to be a greater individual transferring ahead, I’ll prioritize my psychological well being and be taught from my errors.”

Leviss’s assertion got here a day after it was reported by TMZ that her legal professionals had despatched letters to the “Vanderpump Guidelines” forged saying that the video on Sandoval’s cellphone that Madix discovered was recorded with out her permission and that everybody who had the video ought to delete it. That very same day, Leviss additionally served Shay with a restraining order, as confirmed by Individuals, although the rationale for the order is unknown (although Leviss claims in her assertion that she was bodily assaulted and doesn’t identify the individual).

In a March 9 assertion to POPSUGAR, Shay’s lawyer, Neama Rahmani, responded to the submitting saying, “This case is a fabrication by a recognized liar and a cheat who has betrayed everybody near her. Scheana by no means punched Rachel, interval. The supposed darkish markings round her left eye have been there for months. Neither Scheana nor different forged members need something to do with Rachel going ahead. The decide has solely heard a one-sided account of what occurred, and we look ahead to presenting the total and true story on the March 29 listening to.”

In the meantime on March 9, Leviss addressed hypothesis in regards to the standing of her relationship with Sandoval in an Instagram submit amid rumors that the pair deliberate to proceed their scandalous romance. Wrote Leviss, “In addition to the indefensible circumstances surrounding our relationship, my emotions for Tom have at all times been honest and born out of a loving friendship. Realizing how many individuals we damage, I want to grasp my selections and be taught to make higher ones. I have to deal with my well being, work on self development and take time to be comfortable with being alone.”

Concluded Leviss, “I take care of Tom and I do not need to label something or predict what lies forward. Proper now I have to heal.”

On April 14, Leisure Tonight reported that Leviss had checked right into a psychological well being remedy facility, a choice she apparently made previous to the affair going public. “Raquel and her household determined earlier than the connection was found that she would enter a voluntary facility for psychological well being counseling,” the supply mentioned. “She was scheduled to go in pre-reunion however determined she needed to complete her filming dedication. Bravo and manufacturing had been conscious and in assist of her journey in direction of higher psychological well being.” The supply additionally clarified that Leviss just isn’t going to rehab for substance-related points. Reps for Leviss didn’t reply to POPSUGAR’s request for remark.

What Has Ariana Madix Mentioned About Raquel Leviss and Tom Sandoval’s Affair?

Within the early hours of March 16, Madix took to Instagram and shared a photograph of herself in a protracted pink and inexperienced robe. She started the caption, “hello. the place to start?”

She continued, “i need to specific my most honest gratitude for the outpouring of affection and assist i’ve obtained from buddies, household, and folks i’ve by no means even met within the final two weeks. when i’ve felt like i could not even stand, you all have given me the energy to proceed and seen me via my darkest hours. to say i’ve been devastated and damaged is an understatement. nevertheless, i do know that i’m not on this alone. so a lot of my closest buddies are additionally grieving this loss proper now and reeling from this betrayal on so many ranges. i’m so f*cking fortunate to have one of the best assist system on the earth and that i hope i can repay each single individual for the love you’ve gotten proven me.”

She concluded, “what would not kill me higher run,” and signed off, “love, ariana.”

Earlier than Madix spoke out, her buddy (and Sandoval’s ex-girlfriend) Kristen Doute posted a video on Instagram on March 3 of the pair hugging. Doute assured followers that Madix was not alone, and her buddies had been there supporting her.

Her brother, Jeremy Madix, additionally commented on Kennedy’s since-deleted Instagram submit in regards to the information on the time, writing, “It is humorous to look at individuals social climb and be soooooooo faux that they are keen to sh*t on individuals which can be presupposed to be their ‘finest buddy’ (a time period that will get thrown round fairly often round right here) all simply to come back up or have some type of story line,” in response to Us Weekly.

On Could 3, Doute appeared on “Watch What Occurs Stay With Andy Cohen” and shared her ideas on the entire scandal. “Because the Raquel information broke, I’ve heard a number of issues that are actually popping out of the woodwork,” she advised Cohen. Whereas Doute mentioned it is not anybody she is aware of personally, she claimed a “buddy of a buddy” allegedly connected with Sandoval whereas he was doing appearances with Schwartz.

Madix later appeared on Alex Cooper’s “Name Her Daddy” podcast on Could 23, the place she revealed much more stunning particulars about Sandoval and Leviss’s affair. “I’ve discovered some issues even after filming the reunion,” Madix mentioned, referencing the “Vanderpump Guidelines” reunion that aired its first half on Could 24. “A kind of issues is a textual content message from Rachel to Tom saying I simply talked to a mutual buddy, I will not identify, they usually mentioned that, ‘You have to be sincere with Ariana. Possibly not a lot about all the main points like sleeping in the home collectively however that she deserves to learn about this.’ After which it is like, ‘I like you, you bought this.'”

Madix additionally regarded again on the crimson flags she ignored throughout their relationship. “There have been instances the place we might have like a bunch of individuals over at our home and we have now a visitor bed room and that visitor bed room will get used so much by loads of our completely different buddies and her [Raquel] being one in every of them,” she defined. “And there have been instances the place I would really like go as much as mattress or no matter as a result of it is late and I’ve a life and a profession and obligations and 28-year-old failed pageant queens do not. And so, they’d be capable of keep up tremendous late and grasp and don’t have any purpose to stand up the subsequent morning and that is high quality in case you weren’t f*cking my boyfriend.”

Madix continued: “I feel they’d intercourse in my visitor room whereas I used to be sleeping in my very own mattress that he and I went to mattress in collectively after which he left the mattress and went to the visitor room and f*cked her.”

Madix then mentioned she found that Sandoval would allegedly fly Leviss round to completely different locations with him. “I do know that she was at that ‘Watch What Occurs Stay’ look the place Schwartz was protecting his mouth and appearing all bizarre, it is as a result of she was within the resort room. She was there in New York, I do know for a truth,” Madix mentioned. “He was utilizing different individuals’s bank cards and issues to love principally make them pay for issues after which Venmoing them later.”

What Has Sandoval’s Finest Buddy, Tom Schwartz, Mentioned Concerning the Affair?

On March 11, Schwartz — Sandoval’s finest buddy and enterprise associate — broke his silence in regards to the affair. TMZ caught up with the restaurateur on the LAX airport the place he gave an replace on how his associate is doing. “[Sandoval’s] OK, I feel. Comparatively talking, I imply, he has a way of profound disappointment, rightfully so, that he is a chunk of sh*t. And to some extent, possibly he’s,” Schwartz mentioned. “However he is aware of he f*cked up, and the entire thing is simply actually unhappy.”

He went on to precise his hope that Madix is surrounded by buddies and is transferring ahead. “Fortunately, Ariana has a extremely good assist system, and he or she’s together with her buddies,” he continued. “I hope she’s residing a very good life, simply indulging. Hope she goes on a residing spree. I am simply hoping this complete factor blows over.”

Schwartz went on to say he hasn’t been involved with Leviss since information of the scandal broke, and he denied publicly kissing her to cowl up the affair for his buddy. “It is f*cking sophisticated. That is the understatement of the 12 months. I feel Tom’s OK,” he mentioned. “Actually, I am simply unhappy in regards to the detrimental affect it is having on our enterprise, however I feel cooler heads will prevail, and I am simply gonna carry on preserving on.”

“Vanderpump Guidelines” Season 10 Midseason Trailer

The “Vanderpump Guidelines” cameras turned again on to movie the fallout of the dishonest allegations, and that footage was included on the finish of the season, which just lately wrapped. On March 20, Bravo launched the season 10 midseason trailer, which begins with Shay’s marriage ceremony and Maloney and Madix searching for an area for his or her new sandwich spot earlier than issues actually get ugly. “I used to be the OG homewrecking whore of this group,” Shay tells Leviss within the clip. “After which got here Lala. And now right here you might be.” We additionally see Madix seemingly confront Sandoval in regards to the affair when she tells him, “You do not deserve one f*cking tear of mine.” In the meantime, Leviss is heard in a voiceover, saying, “I do not f*cking remorse our relationship.”

A number of forged members have additionally posted images of themselves filming speaking heads for brand spanking new episodes, and there are quite a few rumors about scenes filmed between Madix and Sandoval and Leviss and Sandoval. On March 10, Bravo confirmed Madix’s buddy Doute could be returning to the collection after she was fired in 2020 for a racist prank she pulled on her then-costar Religion Stowers. Her return comes after the fact TV star posted her supportive Instagram for Madix, which suggests she’ll be wading into the controversy that Bravo followers have dubbed “Scandoval.”

Moreover, Schwartz confirmed to TMZ that the messy state of affairs would unfold in entrance of the cameras. When requested when he came upon in regards to the affair, he mentioned, “You will see it play out on the present.”

The “Vanderpump Guidelines” Season 10 Reunion

Half one of many “Vanderpump Guidelines” reunion aired on Could 24, and the forged didn’t maintain again when it got here to confronting Sandoval. At one level, issues obtained so heated that Sandoval and Kennedy needed to be bodily separated from one another by Cohen. “Get in my face once more and I’ll f*ck you up, motherf*cker,” Sandoval yelled at Kennedy, who seemed to be probably the most visibly indignant at Sandoval for his months-long affair together with his ex-fiancée Leviss. “Take a look at me bro, I am far more ripped than you!” Kennedy clapped again, including, “You are a worm with a mustache!”

Kent additionally went in on Sandoval, evaluating him to her ex Randall Emmett, who has been accused of providing appearing work to ladies in trade for sexual favors, owing tens of millions of {dollars} to traders, and forcing his assistants to interact in criminal activity on his behalf, per the Los Angeles Occasions (Emmett has denied all allegations). “Give it 10 years, he’s Randall Emmett. It is completely terrifying,” Kent mentioned. “I could not get Randall to remain house, after which when sh*t hit the fan, I could not get him the f*ck out of the home. That could be a f*cking narcissist. Everybody must be warned about this individual, like it is a harmful human being.”

After Vanderpump jumped in to attempt to defend Sandoval, Kent maintained her stance, including, “He was sleeping subsequent to her — that was his life associate. If he can do this to her, there’s one thing mistaken with this individual.”

When the third a part of the “Vanderpump Guidelines” reunion aired on June 7, it featured an interview with Leviss six days after the principle reunion had filmed. An emotional Leviss mentioned she did not “need to lie anymore.” “The worst is out, but I am nonetheless discovering myself having to lie about particular timeline issues,” she mentioned.

Nudged by the producer, Leviss admitted that the timeline she and Sandoval introduced through the reunion — that they’d connected as soon as in early August after which not rekindled the connection till later — was a lie. As an alternative, she mentioned, she and Sandoval had been intimate for a second time throughout Shay’s marriage ceremony in Mexico in late August. They continued to sleep collectively via the tip of filming, although Leviss mentioned, “It positively picked up pace extra after we wrapped filming.” As for why she lied about this, she mentioned it was Sandoval’s concept, explaining, “He seems like it could be much less hurtful to say that this wasn’t occurring for therefore lengthy.”

Leviss additionally addressed the rumor that she and Sandoval had connected at Sandoval and Madix’s house whereas she wasn’t there. “He is requested me to not disclose all this data,” Leviss mentioned, earlier than revealing that they’d. “The explanation why Tom needed to lie about it’s it is a actually dangerous look to hook up with their buddy’s boyfriend of their home after they’ve gone out of city, particularly after they’re at a funeral,” she defined.

Leviss additionally mentioned that in their affair, she requested Sandoval if Madix is likely to be open to the three of them forming a throuple. “I like Ariana as an individual and likewise I am in love with Tom Sandoval, so [a throuple] did not sound like a farfetched concept,” she defined of her thought course of. Sandoval rejected it. Leviss additionally claimed that she had lied about these particulars as a result of Sandoval is the “one individual” who’s stood by her through the saga.

Further reporting by Victoria Edel


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