During an interview at the season 10 “Vanderpump Rules” premiere party, Tom Sandoval reacted to his best friend Tom Schwartz kissing Raquel Leviss. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight Canada, Sandoval said that he was “stoked” that the two kissed on camera.
“I was stoked. I thought it was fun,” Sandoval told the outlet. “They went behind this little greenery wall and I went and cracked two beers and handed it to them,” he added.
The comment was made before news broke that Sandoval had been having a six or seven month-long affair with Leviss while he was in a relationship with his longtime girlfriend, Ariana Madix. Sandoval and Leviss kept their romance a secret from the majority of the cast, but Leviss kissed Schwartz in August 2022, while in Mexico for Scheana Shay and Brock Davies’ wedding.
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During the interview, which took place in February 2023, Sandoval was asked if he was “the ultimate wingman” after Schwartz and Leviss’ kiss. “I guess, you know?” he said, cracking a smile. Meanwhile, Sandoval had been having a secret relationship with Leviss since the summer of 2022.
While the public seemed laser focused on Schwartz and Leviss’ somewhat shocking hook-up — Leviss was previously friends with Schwartz’s ex-wife, Katie Maloney, and was engaged to “Vanderpump Rules” star James Kennedy — some cast members were noticing some other odd things.
“Let’s just put it this way, I found it very interesting — I’m not gonna go into the details, because there are certain things I can’t go into details about — but how do I put this, they were hanging out quite a bit without Ariana around,” SUR manager Peter Madrigal said on the March 9, 2023, episode of the “Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend” podcast. “In the back of my head, I’m like, ‘This is weird, but OK, maybe Tom’s just trying to show her the ropes or something like that,’” he added.
Madix found out about the affair on March 1, 2023, when she found a video of Leviss on Sandoval’s phone.
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