After dating for a decade, Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix have called it quits. The news of their breakup got public on March 1, 2023, as Ariana supported Tom at a concert for his cover band, Tom Sandoval & The Most Extras, at TomTom in West Hollywood. The reason behind this brutal breakup is none other than “Vanderpump Rules” castmate Raquel Leviss. So what’s the fuss among these co-stars from the Bravo series? Read on to learn more.
Ariana’s Fans Come To Her Rescue…
Ariana’s breakup with Tom Sandoval has been tough on the lady. Sources reveal that Ariana Madix has been “blindsided” and “heartbroken” after she discovered the musician’s infidelity following a sexually explicit video sent by his co-star, Raquel Leviss from “Vanderpump Rules”.
“We definitely have our ups and downs, for sure, but I think we’ve been really good about respecting each other,” Tom stated after the breakup. Sandoval also added that he and Madix have had “each other’s backs in a reasonable way … within reason,” noting, “I think it’s just worked, ya know?” Well, Tom is not new to cheating scandals and as the news of his recent breakup broke, fans can’t stop but rewind back in time.
2013: A Love Based On Cheating
Tom Sandoval started dating Kristen Doute in 2006, but their romance was publicised when “Vanderpump Rules” premiered in 2013. However, this was the time when Tom cheated on his girlfriend with fellow SUR employee Ariana Madix. Doute initially accused him of c
Soon after the cameras started rolling, Doute became suspicious of her then-boyfriend’s relationship with fellow SUR employee Madix and accused him of cheating, but he initially denied those allegations.
2014: Tom Moves On
In January 2014, Tom Sandoval and Kristen broke up after an eight-year relationship after weeks-long breakup rumors. A source claimed at the time that Doute moved out of their shared West Hollywood apartment following nights of loud fights.
In February 2014, Tom revealed on the “Vanderpump Rules” Season 2 reunion that he cheated on Doute as he kissed Ariana Madix. The new couple went Instagram-official four days before Valentine’s day.
But, the drama didn’t end there. On “VPR” Season 3, Kristen came forward and alleged that Tom cheated on Madix with a woman called “Miami Girls” during a trip to Southern Florida. In response, Madix told Tom’s ex: “If I’m not worried about it, it’s not something to worry about,” Madix told her boyfriend’s ex following the accusations.
Thereafter, Doute actually brought forward the mystery girl, who was identified as AnneMarie Kunkel, but Tom didn’t confront her. “There are no texts between me and this Miami girl that prove anything more than a social hangout in a group setting went down,” he said back then
“The obvious reason is that absolutely nothing happened! Kristen is lying or at the very least reaching for something that doesn’t exist,” he added about his ex-girlfriend. Ariana, however, continued to support her newfound love.
2016: Raquel Steps In
If you’ve seen “VPR”, you may be aware that in November 2016, James Kennedy’s ex-girlfriend, Raquel Leviss appeared for the first time as a guest in Season 5. She was dating the same guy who dated Sandoval’s ex-Doute. Raquel was promoted as a recurring cast member the following season, becoming a regular cast in Season 9.
2019: Tom and Ariana Take Things To Next Level
While Raquel and Kennedy’s love was blooming, Sandoval and Madix purchased a house together in February 2019 in the stunning Valley Village, Calif, which cost the pair $2 million.
2021: Kennedy Proposes Raquel
In May 2021, Kennedy proposed to Leviss to marry him in a Coachella-themed proposal. Shockingly, their engagement was planned by none other than Sandoval. It was later revealed that Sandoval helped Kennedy front the cost of the extravagant evening. “James and I split the $25K [bill] because nothing brings me more joy than to help a friend accomplish a dream that they have,” he said on “VPR”
December 2022: Kennedy and Leviss Call It Quits
While Tom and Ariana were busy building their lives together, Leviss and Kennedy called off their wedding, ending their seven months of engagement. The pair announced the split in a joint Instagram statement that read: “We love each other very much, but we aren’t in love anymore.” They continued, “We want nothing but the best for each other so please keep any thoughts positive. Sending Love.” Who knew reasons could be so different?
Summer 2022: Raquel and Tom Hook Up
As Kennedy called it quits with Raquel, Tom started hooking up with his friend’s ex. This was the time when cameras were rolling for “VPR” Season 10. It was reported that Leviss and Sandoval’s romance “began last summer” and claimed that she “has slept over at Tom and Ariana’s house when Ariana’s been out of town.” Things went for a toss since then.
The information was corroborated by Kennedy in an Instagram direct message, claiming the affair started “7 months” ago, which would have been July 2022. He also claimed that Sandoval and Raquel got intimate while “Ariana [was] sleeping” in the LA home.
Things took to the next level when Leviss also made out with co-star Tom Schwartz at Shay’s (Ariana’s BFF) wedding to Brock Davies in August 2022. Schwartz, whose divorce from Katie Maloney wasn’t finalized until October 2022, confirmed their hookup in an interview but also said that it was nothing serious. He joked, “My mom hit me up and she’s like, ‘You don’t have to tell me, but I know you’re dating Raquel.’ And I’m like, ‘Mom, I’m not dating Raquel!’”
March 1, 2023: Shay Gets A Whiff Of The Scandal
Shay, who is Madix’s BFF, learnt about Tom and Raquel’s cheating scandal after taping “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” with Leviss in NYC. “At one point in the night, Scheana lost Raquel and then found her outside of the bar on the phone with Ariana, who Scheana could hear was bawling,” the source said.
Not only this, but the source revealed that Shay asked Leviss for an explanation, which promoted her to confess while Ariana was on the phone. “A heated confrontation ensued following the revelation,” our source said. “They went back to the hotel separately and haven’t seen each other nor spoken since.”
A last act, although, was put up by Ariana who was seen cheering for Sandoval along with his ex-Doute during his performance in LA. Madix was also seen gushing over how “dedicated” Tom has been as a partner. Moments later, she revealed his infidelity when she allegedly discovered a sexually explicit video of Leviss on his phone.
March 3-4, 2023: Ariana Swiftly Dumps Tom
Madix finally became sure about Sandoval’s affair with Rauqel after realising that the two had been “communicating inappropriately for months”. Raquel’s sexually explicit video confirmed everything, and Madix swiftly dumped Tom.
On March 4, 2023, Sandoval came forward and addressed the cheating scandal in an Instagram statement: “Hey, I fully understand and deserve ur anger & disappointment towards me, but please leave [Tom] Schwartz my friends and family out of this situation…” he wrote in part. But again, he never apologised to Madix directly and the same was met with fierce criticism from his “VPR” castmates. Well, once a cheater, always a cheater, isn’t it?