March 8, 2023 | 22:00
Ariana Madix encouraged Raquel Leviss to live her best single life while, unbeknownst to her, Leviss was having an affair with her now-ex-boyfriend Tom Sandoval on Wednesday’s episode of “Vanderpump Rules.”
“I saw there’s this country bar (and) I know they’re going to be straight guys there, never mind! Madix, 37, told Leviss, 28, while discussing their upcoming girls’ trip to Las Vegas and Lake Havasu, Ariz.
Leviss agreed with Madix’s performance by eagerly responding with a “Whoah!”
“Lake Havasu is notorious for like girls gone wild like woo, spring break!” Leviss said in a confessional as he gestured to take off his shirt. “Or so I’ve heard.”
Madix also questioned why Leviss told their co-star Katie Maloney that she had asked Maloney’s ex-husband, Tom Schwartz, to make out with her.
“I can’t believe what you said to Katie last night that you liked Schwartz asked if he wanted to make it out. I was like I’m about to be mad at Raquel for the first time?” Madix said – foreshadowing how it certainly won’t be the last time.
The Bravolebrity clarified in a confessional that when she and her co-stars encouraged Leviss to put herself out there, “make mistakes and go crazy,” she didn’t mean it “like that.”
“For a moment I felt like it was unfair that Katie likes to decide who Schwartz can hang out with or fight with, but after seeing the way she reacted last night, I felt really, really bad, ” Leviss admitted, referring to Maloney. 36, weeping at the revelation.
Despite claiming to feel “really, really bad,” Leviss ended up making out with Schwartz at least three times just a few weeks later at Scheana Shay and Brock Davies’ Aug. 23 wedding.
Leviss and Schwartz’s multiple make out sessions appeared to be the biggest scandal until it was revealed that Leviss was actually having a “full blown affair” with Sandoval, 39.
Sources told Page Six that Sandoval and Leviss had been “communicating inappropriately for months,” and Leviss’ ex-fiancé, James Kennedy, claimed the affair began before her kiss with Schwartz.
Madix discovered the affair after she saw a sexually explicit video of Leviss on Sandoval’s phone, and Page Six confirmed that she dumped him soon after.
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“Ariana was blindsided by the cheating,” an insider previously told us, adding that Madix had “no idea there were any issues” in her relationship and feels “betrayed” by her ex-boyfriend.
Sandoval and Leviss — who wore matching lightning bolt necklaces throughout their affair — have not clarified whether they are still romantically involved, but they each issued individual statements apologizing for the affair.
“I want to apologize for my actions and my choices, first and foremost to Ariana (Madix) and to my friends and the fans who are so invested in our relationship,” Leviss wrote in a statement shared Wednesday. “There is no excuse. I am not a victim and I must own my actions and I deeply regret hurting Ariana.”
Leviss also claimed that it was her “addiction to being and feeling loved” that caused her to betray Madix.
Hours before Leviss’ apology, Sandoval issued his second apology — after he faced major backlash for not mentioning Madix in the first — owning up to making “mistakes,” being “selfish” and “hurting (doing) somebody” , he loves.
“No one deserves to feel that pain so traumatically and publicly,” he wrote. “I can only imagine how devastating this has been for Ariana and everyone around us. I feel really terrible about that.”
Since news of the affair broke on Friday, Bravo cameras have been filming the “Scandoval” aftermath, and we’re told Leviss and Sandoval even “kissed on camera” last Saturday night.
“Vanderpump Rules” airs Wednesdays at 9pm ET on Bravo.
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