About That Latest “Vanderpump Rules” Cheating Scandal…

March 6, 2023 / Posted by:

On Friday morning, all of hell broke loose in the Bravo universe when TMZ reported that Vanderpump Rules’ Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval have split after Tom allegedly had an ongoing affair with their co-star Raquel Leviss. Since then, new details of the cheating scandal, now known as “Scandoval,” are surfacing each day, prompting an overwhelming amount of VR fans to rally together in support of Ariana with the hashtag #TeamAriana. When fans are not hashtagging the name of Ariana support, they’re probably screaming, “I NEED ANDY AND A CAMERA!”  

Tom and Ariana first got together in 2013. Ironically, Tom cheated on his then-girlfriend and castmate Kristen Doute with Ariana (you get ’em how you lose ’em) during the second season of the show. In a cast of verbally abusive drunks, liars, thieves, cheaters, and homewreckers, they became known as the Pump Rules cast’s most drama-free and stable relationship…or so we thought. As for Raquel, she broke up with VR co-star James Kennedy in 2019. This season’s big storyline is that Raquel made out with yet another co-star Tom Schwartz, who divorced VR cast member Katie Maloney last year. Well, there’s bigger drama now.

Tom Sandoval and Raquel Leviss’ affair was discovered when Ariana found a sexually explicit video of Raquel on Tom’s phone. Some say there might’ve been clues all along about the entanglement, pointing out that Tom dressed up as Raquel for Halloween and that the two have been wearing matching lightning bolt necklaces to signify their love. What in the Harry Potter is going on here??

The VR cast found out about Tom Sandoval and Raquel’s affair on Wednesday. Raquel was in NYC that day to do Watch What Happens Live with VR co-star Scheana Shay. DeuxMoi claimed that when Scheana learned of the affair, she punched Raquel. Although it has not been confirmed by any of the cast members, an exchange on Twitter between Raquel’s sister and minor cast member Charli Burnett seemingly confirms the rumor. Charli mustered up her last few brain cells to defend heartbroken Ariana, “At the end of the day, No one deserves to feel this gut punch. To say Im disappointed would be an understatement.” To which Raquel’s sister replied, “Nor, punched in the face.

The rest of the cast has had similarly messy reactions. The most notably vocal about the scandal have been messy Lala Kent and equally messy James Kennedy. Lala and James have been encouraging fans to attend the shows for Tom Sandoval’s cover band and taunt him by chanting “ARIANA” and throwing tomatoes at him.

Even though Bravo and Andy Cohen are definitely loving this mess, VR fans are mad. Fans have called for a boycott of Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz’s new restaurant, Schwartz and Sandy’s and have bombarded its Yelp page with fake negative reviews hoping to shut down the business. The backlash against the restaurant became so out of hand that Tom Sandoval put out a statement hoping to put out the fire, asking fans to direct their anger at him, and at not Schwartz, his friends, and family, nor the restaurant.

Despite season 10 of VR having already been wrapped up, producers “made the decision to fire up the cameras with the entire cast to document the fallout in the coming days.” I bet they did. And Bravo should also provide an Excel spreadsheet to the incestuous cast of Vanderpump  Rules, letting them know who has already hooked up with who. Because it’d be very embarrassing if two cast members started making out before saying, “Wait, I think we’ve hooked up before. Let me move on to that other one over there.


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