March 4, 2023 | 21:11
Tom Sandoval is speaking out following his split from Ariana Madix over a month-long affair with Raquel Leviss.
“Hey, I fully understand and deserve your anger and disappointment towards me, but please (Tom) Schwartz leave my friends and family out of this situation…” he wrote on Instagram Saturday.
Sandoval, 39, clarified that Schwartz, 40, only found out about the affair “very recently” and “didn’t condone it.”
He then apparently directed anger at his and Schwartz’s new LA bar, Schwartz & Sandy’s, which fans called a “boycott” after news of the cheating scandal broke Friday.
“There are 3 other partners and 20 employees who depend on the restaurant for income for them and their families,” Sandoval wrote. “Like (first beat) TomTom, I’m a small part of a much bigger thing.
“Please direct your anger at me and not them. They did nothing wrong.”
The reality star told fans he will “step back” from the business “out of respect” from his colleagues and co-workers.
He ended the note ominously without directly addressing his infidelity or breakup, writing: “I need some time to deal with everything else. Sorry for everything”
TMZ was the first to report that Sandoval and Madix, 37, had split after nearly a decade together.
An insider also confirmed the news to us, saying, “It’s true that they’re splitting up and cameras are rolling.”
“Most of the cast is expected to gather and film tomorrow to share their reactions to Raquel and Sandoval’s affair. For the most part, everyone is shaken and completely devastated for Ariana,” the source continued.
The “Dead Want Women” actress reportedly called it quits with Sandoval after finding out about his affair with Leviss, 28, on Wednesday when she attended his show with his cover band, Tom Sandoval & the Most Extras, in Los Angeles.
A source told Page Six that Leviss and Sandoval have been “communicating inappropriately for months” and that they now “want to be together.”
The insider added that Madix was “blindsided by the cheating.”
“Ariana is heartbroken,” the source told us. “Ariana was there for Raquel during the James (Kennedy) breakup.”
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The insider also said Madix feels “betrayed” by Leviss, who she considered a “friend.”
Several of the “Vandrpump Rules” star’s co-stars have spoken out about the infidelity, including Leviss’ ex-fiancé, James Kennedy.
“Hope you all are as sick as I am. This explains everything,” he said while sharing the news on his Instagram.
Lala Kent also chimed in, leaving a scathing comment under Kennedy’s post. “I told you all!” she wrote. “Everyone said I was a ‘bully’. It’s called YOU TRIGGER ME AND I SEE YOU FOR WHO YOU ARE! I knew these two were disgusting from the jump.”
Kent, 32, also sent a message to Sandoval on her Instagram Stories, writing: “I’ve seen you for who you (are) for a long time and you just don’t like that. But I think now it’s time , that you shut up I’ll eat well next time I see you.
“I suggest you get me some energy. You’re going to need it,” she then told Leviss.
Following Sandoval’s cheating allegations, “Vanderpump Rules” fans flooded the Instagram comments of his new bar, Schwartz & Sandy’s, calling for a boycott of the Los Angeles-based establishment.
“Time to cancel this bar 🤢🤢🤢🤢 nobody likes two timing men,” one person wrote, while another added: “Boycott this bar.”
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