March 9, 2023 | 9:17 a.m
Ariana Madix is ”numb” after finding out about Tom Sandoval and Raquel Leviss’ affair, according to her friend Kristen Doute.
The “Vanderpump Rules” alum admitted that Madix is ”not doing well” on Wednesday’s episode of her “Sex, Love, and What Else Matters” podcast.
“She’s upset,” said Doute, 40. “She doesn’t want to hear about anything else.
“She’s like, ‘What does it matter?'” she continued, noting that online searching has made Madix, 37, feel “worse” while she’s already in “so much pain.”
Doute compared the betrayal to “a death,” and called Sandoval and Leviss’ romance a “grave loss” for Madix.
Doute was notably with Madix at the Tom Sandoval & The Most Extras performance on March 1 when the singer stepped out with Leviss, 28.
“During Tom’s performance, his phone fell out of his pocket or something, and somebody — a mutual friend — picks up the phone and hands it to Ariana,” Doute recalled.
She said Madix followed her “gut intuition” to look at her then-boyfriend’s phone despite their “trusting” dynamic.
“She went into his pictures,” claimed Doute, who dated Sandoval from 2006 to 2014. “He had a FaceTime recording of him and Raquel masturbating with each other. That’s the truth.”
The former reality star went on to claim that Sandoval, 39, “wasn’t apologetic” to Madix but instead “gaslighted” her.
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Doute added that Sandoval’s best friend, Tom Schwartz, found out about the infidelity “a month ago” and wanted the couple to come clean before they “humiliated the hell out” of Madix.
“Too little, too late,” she said.
While Doute has “barely spoken” to Sandoval since the scandal broke, they have crossed paths at the home Madix shares with the bartender.
“Legally, he’s allowed to be in that house,” she said, claiming that when Sandoval was asked to give Madix “a couple of hours of heads-up” before coming over, he said she “can go, if she is not well.”
Later in the episode, Doute talked about the alleged fight Scheana Shay had with Leviss over the cheating — prompting the former party queen to file a restraining order against her former friend.
Although Doute did not mention the bruised eye Leviss photographed for court documents, she claimed Shay threw Leviss’ “phone in the gutter.”
Since the news broke on March 3, the Bravo show has resumed filming for Season 10, with a source telling Page Six that Doute is in talks to return to the series.
“As someone who has dated Tom and built a strong friendship with Ariana over the years, she has a unique perspective on the situation that producers are interested in,” an insider said.
The “majority of the cast” is said to be “in support” of this decision.
The cast is all set for a bombshell reunion, which Andy Cohen revealed will film in “two and a half weeks.”
Currently, “no one” from the show is speaking to Leviss, an insider told Page Six.
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