After insiders suggested that the Vanderpump Rules star showed up to the Los Angeles residence of the former pageant queen after filming scenes with her earlier in the day, Sandoval shared a statement, via his rep, as an insider claimed he and Raquel are planning a “long-term future” following his split from Ariana Madix.
“Tom had a call time to shoot at her place,” Sandoval’s rep told E! News in a statement on March 7. “He left through another exit after the scene.”
“Vanderpump Rules” star Tom Sandoval was spotted headin’ to Raquel Leviss’ place … this coming soon after news broke that he’s been cheating on Ariana Madix with her. https://t.co/zwbOevysQk
— TMZ (@TMZ) March 6, 2023
Ever since it was alleged that Sandoval and Raquel had been having an affair behind the back of his longtime girlfriend and her close friend, Bravo cameras have been rolling to capture not only the fallout between Sandoval and Ariana but also the reactions of their castmates.
And in addition to filming with Raquel, Sandoval is also believed to have filmed with Ariana, who his rep confirmed he’s still living with — despite photos showing him leaving the property with suitcases.
As Bravo captures the scandal, which they’ve deemed “Scandoval,” for season 10, which premiered last month, Sandoval and Raquel are said to be considering a future together.
“Tom and Raquel are the real deal,” a source told Us Weekly in the latest issue of their magazine.
According to the insider, Sandoval and Raquel’s rumored romance isn’t “a regrettable fling or one-night stand.” Instead, they continued, the couple has “confided to pals that it’s love and they have fallen hard for each other” and is planning to make their relationship official.
“It’s no excuse for what they did and the people they hurt, but they see a long-term future together,” the source explained. “Only time will tell if their bond can survive the backlash.”
The source went on to say that fans will be seeing how the dynamic between the parties plays out as season 10 continues.
“The cameras haven’t stopped rolling since Wednesday night. It’s not an understatement to say this will be the most explosive season of Vanderpump Rules ever,” the insider teased.
As Pump Rules fans may have seen, Sandoval issued a public apology on his Instagram page on Saturday but failed to mention Ariana in his post.
“Hey, I fully understand and deserve ur anger & disappointment towards me, but please leave [Tom Schwartz], my friends, and family out of this situation … Schwartz specifically only found out about this very recently and most definitely did not condone my actions. This was a very personal thing,” he wrote. “Also, Schwartz & Sandy’s might have my name on it, but also there are 3 other partners and 20 employees, who especially rely on the restaurant for income for them and their families. Just like TomTom, I’m a small part of a much bigger thing. Please direct ur anger towards me and not them. They did nothing wrong.”
“Im so sorry that my partners, Greg, Brett, and Schwartz, and our employees have to suffer for my actions,” Sandoval added. “I will be taking a step back & taking a hiatus out of respect for my employees & partners. I need some time to address everything else. Sorry for everything.”
Vanderpump Rules season 10 airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on Bravo.