‘Vanderpump Rules’ star Tom Sandoval is speaking out amid his cheating scandal that led to his breakup with longtime girlfriend and co-star Ariana Madixbut he doesn’t apologize…to her, anyway.
Instead, Sandoval showed only sympathy for his friends and family in a statement released Saturday on Instagram following his affair with ‘VR’ cast member Rachel Leviss leaked out and became headline news.
Sandoval said, “Hey, I fully understand that you deserve your anger and disappointment with me, but please leave Schwartz, my friends and family out of this situation.”
He continued: “Schwartz specifically only found out about this very recently, and absolutely did not condone my actions. This was a very personal thing.”
Sandoval and Schwartz also own LA-based Schwartz & Sandy’s Lounge, which has been inundated with terrible reviews ever since the scandal broke, prompting Yelp to pause several listings.
In his IG response, Sandoval said, “Also, Schwartz & Sandy’s may have my name on it as well, but there are also 3 other partners and 20 employees who primarily depend on the restaurant for income for them and their families.”
He added that he is a “small part of a much bigger thing and to “direct your anger at me and not them,” pointing out, “They did nothing wrong.”
Afterward, Sandoval apologized — not to Madix — but to his business partners and employees for all the controversy surrounding him. He also promised to step back and take a break out of respect for my employees and partners.
As we reported… Sandoval blew up his nearly 10-year relationship with Madix last week after a row sexually charged text messages emerged and revealed her affair with Leviss. We’re told Madix read the messages, leading to an ugly confrontation with Sandoval.
Madix has not yet commented on the situation.