To understand the Vanderpump Rules’ most recent cheating scandal between longtime boyfriend and girlfriend Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval, let’s go back to where it all started. In 2013, Beverly Hills housewife, Lisa Vanderpump, first began her reality series following a group of hottie waiters, bartenders, and hostesses as they clocked in at SUR Restaurant & Lounge in West Hollywood. Dating in your twenties is tumultuous enough, but mix in sad girl birthday parties, Vegas trips, and relationship drama you have the perfect concoction for a binge-worthy reality series—well worth its 10 seasons and counting.
The latest saga? On Friday, the Vanderpump Rules world was rocked by news of an affair between Raquel Leviss, a fellow cast member, and Sandoval, which he carried on while he was with Madix. According to People, Sandoval and Madix have been together for nearly 9 years, with the entirety of their relationship unfolding onscreen.
Despite the usual ebbs and flows that come with a long-term relationship, Sandoval and Madix were viewed as a constant. Sure there were hiccups along the way. The bulldozer incident of 2015 was pretty major: According to an interview with Madix, she told Sandoval her 30th birthday would be quite emotional; Sandoval responded by insisting he leave for a boy’s trip to play with bulldozers the day after.
Enter Raquel Leviss. An aspiring model and pageant queen turned SUR wait staff, she had cemented her role as the Bambi-eyed newcomer looking to simply fit in with the SUR crowd. Leviss was at one time engaged to British bad boy DJ James Kennedy, but according to US Weekly, tensions arose following a Thanksgiving trip. During the Season 9 Reunion, Leviss made a resounding final statement by publicly returning her engagement ring to Kennedy.
Fast forward to 2023. This past Friday, People reported that Madix found Sandoval’s phone with an explicit video and some unsavory texts from Leviss. According to the outlet, a six-month affair had ensued between the pair. TikTok spiraled.
Under the eagle eye of various fans, matching lightning bolt—a symbol of his band—necklaces were spotted on Leviss and Sandoval. At the time of the bombshell news, Leviss was on a Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen taping with fellow VR cast member, Scheana Shay. Are ya with me so far?
The chaotic love triangle especially shocked the Vanderpump Rules fans, considering that Leviss had a longstanding friendship with Madix. The two are seen season after season supporting one another. As you might have guessed, Leviss’ Instagram posts have become riddled with #TeamAriana comments, though there has been no comment just yet from Leviss herself. As for Sandoval, he shared the below post yesterday addressing the staff of his bar.