Confrontation Between Ariana Madix And Tom Sandoval Over Cheating Accusations

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Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix
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The cheating scandal involving Tom Sandoval and Raquel Leviss has been a major topic of discussion among fans of Vanderpump Rules since it was first reported. The couple's relationship has been the show's central focus, and the infidelity's fallout has continued to play out in public.

Tense Conversation

Sources have revealed that during the filming of Vanderpump Rules Season 10, Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval had a tense discussion about his affair with Raquel Leviss. According to insiders close to the production, Madix felt "gaslit" by Sandoval. 

Sandoval's Excuses

Sandoval provided a series of excuses for not admitting his infidelity sooner. As previously reported, Sandoval's involvement with Leviss began last summer. The conversation took place on camera at the couple's shared home in the Valley. A source told Page Six that Sandoval gave Madix multiple excuses for his behavior, leaving her frustrated and upset.

More Excuses 


According to insiders, Tom Sandoval made excuses for not disclosing his affair with Raquel Leviss to Ariana Madix during their conversation on Vanderpump Rules Season 10. One excuse provided by Sandoval was that he was worried about how it would impact Madix's mental health, particularly after the death of her grandmother Phyllis "Bonnie" Cameron, in September 2022. 

Use of Shared Home Behind Madix’s Back

Madix had taken time off from the West Coast to visit family in Florida following her grandmother's passing. In previous reports, sources claimed that Leviss had stayed at Sandoval and Madix's house while Madix was out of town. 

Kennedy’s Claims

Additionally, co-star James Kennedy sent an Instagram direct message to Deuxmoi. He alleged that Sandoval and Leviss had been intimate while Madix was sleeping.

Reasons For Sandoval’s Postponed Confession

Now, insiders claim that Sandoval used his and Madix's house, a contemporary farmhouse bought in 2019 for $2.075 million, to back his postponed confession. Another source adds, "He feared that would complicate their breakup because they own a property together. That was also brought up."

Friends' Disappointment In Sandoval 

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According to the insider, Madix was "perturbed" by the chat and has since confided in her friends, including Katie Maloney, Scheana Shay, Lala Kent, and show alum Kristen Doute. According to the insider, these friends are "disappointed" in Sandoval's handling of the breakup.

Madix Confiding In Friends 

The source reports that Madix has shared her conversation with Tom Sandoval with friends and fellow cast members. According to the insider, many of them are disappointed with Sandoval's inability to take responsibility for his actions or show genuine remorse.

Sandoval's Statement

In response to the cheating scandal, Tom Sandoval shared a statement on his Instagram account on Saturday evening. He acknowledged and accepted the anger and disappointment directed towards him but requested that people refrain from involving his friends and family, including Tom Schwartz, in the situation. 

Criticism of Statement

His VPR castmates criticized Tom Sandoval's statement about the cheating scandal.  They pointed out that he failed to apologize directly to Madix or even mention her name.

Katie Maloney's Reaction

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Katie Maloney questioned the absence of an apology to Ariana on her Instagram Story. She wrote “Where’s the mention of hurting Ariana?! No apologies to her?” 

Lala Kent's Reaction

At the same time, Lala Kent told Sandoval to "shut up". She urged his employees to "abort the mission" via social media. 

Calls For Leviss’ Removal 

Calls for Leviss' removal from the show have also been made in response to the scandal. Some viewers claim that her involvement in the drama is superfluous and detracts from the overall quality of the show.

Madix’s Discovery Of the Affair 

Madix discovered the affair on Wednesday night. This was after Sandoval's band's show at TomTom in West Hollywood. 

How Madix Felt 

She was "heartbroken." She found a sexually explicit video sent by Leviss on Sandoval's phone. 

Plan To Tell Madix

The discovery led Madix to learn that Sandoval and Leviss had been "communicating inappropriately for months," according to an insider. Sources told Page Six that Sandoval and Leviss had planned to tell Madix about their affair for weeks before she found out, although it's unclear whether the plan involved being on camera.

Impact On Vanderpump Rules

The cheating scandal has had a significant impact on Vanderpump Rules, with many viewers questioning the future of the show. The drama surrounding Sandoval and Madix's relationship has been the central focus of the show for several seasons, and their breakup could signal the end of the series.

Future Of Sandoval And Leviss On The Show

It's unclear whether Sandoval and Leviss will continue to appear on the show following the cheating scandal. Some fans have called for Leviss' removal from the show, while others feel that Sandoval's actions are unforgivable and that he should be fired.

Possible Legal Action


There is also the possibility of legal action in the wake of the scandal. Madix has not yet indicated whether she plans to take legal action against Sandoval or Leviss, but the discovery of the sexually explicit video could potentially be used as evidence in a case of infidelity or breach of trust.