Aggression between Toms Schwartz and Sandoval over kissing Raquel Leviss

Benjamin Imiewanlan
Tom Sandoval, Raquel Leviss and Tom Schwartz at the Tom Sandoval & The Most Extras performance at Hotel Cafe
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As the start of the new season draws closer, the tension between fellow Vanderpump Rules co-stars continues to intensify. Tom Schwartz has revealed Tom Sandoval had a hand in the hookup between him and Raquel Leviss.

Forceful Kiss

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Coming before Sandoval's unfaithfulness to Madix, Schwartz recently revealed he was forced into a kiss with Raquel Leviss. Schwartz tells Entertainment Tonight, "I'm guilty by association. Oh my God. [Sandoval] made me do it. I didn't want to do it. He's like, 'If you don't do it, you're a wussy…' He steamrolled me."

Schwartz's On-screen Kiss

Excited about his dare coming to pass, Sandoval said he was "stoked," speaking about the on-screen kiss between Schwartz and Leviss.

Sandoval's Comment On The Kiss

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The 39-year-old Sandoval says, "I thought it was fun," referring to his involvement in the kiss. Explaining how the kiss went down, he reveals, "they went behind this little greenery wall, and I went and cracked two beers and handed it to them."

When Was This?

The yet-to-be-aired kiss between Schwartz and Leviss is also revealed to have occurred during the wedding of their fellow co-stars, Scheana Shay and Brock Davies, in August 2022. It falls during the filming of the 10th season of the hit show.

Wasn't Right With Katie

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Katie Maloney, now-ex-wife to Tom Schwartz, also shared that, at the time, she wasn't cool with her husband kissing a fellow cast member — saying it didn't sit right.

Fling With Leviss

The entanglement is real in Vanderpump Rules! Apparently, Sandoval has been cheating on his now ex-girlfriend, Ariana Madix, for almost a year now. The fling between the two co-stars began in July 2022 and only made the light of day on March 1st.

The Reveal

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Based on what is known, Ariana Madix found out about her cheating boyfriend via his phone. The 37-year-old stumbled upon an explicit sexual video of Leviss while watching her Sandoval's cover band performance. 

Split With Madix

After over nine years together, Madix has dumped Sandoval over his fling with the former beauty pageant, Raquel Leviss. The accused and his accomplice eventually opened up about their entanglement, which hastened the previous couple's split.

Schwartz Knew!

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Lala Kent and Kristen Doute have called out Tom Schwartz for trying to play dumb to Sandoval's fling with Leviss. Doute says on Friday's episode of Dear Media's Scheananigans with Scheana Shay podcast, "Tom Schwartz is a f***ing p***y, and he needs to man up."

His Time To Speak Up

40-year-old Doute continues her statement to Schwartz, saying, "it's like, he can be honest with us in real-time and texting, 'I don't stand for this' or 'I really feel this way,' but he doesn't do anything about it."

No Excuse For My Actions

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Leviss commented on the issue leading up to Sandoval and Madix's breakup, saying, "she's not a victim." With her adding, she understands what she did to Madix, and "there's no excuse" for what she has done.

Re-evaluating Choices

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Issuing a statement on her Instagram page, Leviss says, "I deeply regret hurting Ariana." She adds, "I am reflecting on my choices, speaking to a counselor and I am learning things about myself such as my patterns of codependency and addiction to being and feeling loved."

Emotional Validation

Trying to explain things to her co-stars and Ariana Madix, she says, "I have sought emotional validation through intimate connections that are not healthy without regard for my own well-being, sometimes negatively affecting others and often prioritizing the intimate connection over my friendships."

The Feelings Are There

Raquel Leviss second apology statement
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In another statement uploaded in a separate post on her Instagram, Leviss addresses the status of her fling with Sandoval. In her words, she says, "my feelings for Tom have always been sincere and born out of a loving friendship."

Making Better Choices

She also adds in this new post, acknowledging her actions, she writes, "Knowing how many people we hurt, I need to understand my choices and learn to make better ones."

Adding other words, "I need to take care of my health, work on self growth and take time to be ok with being alone. I care for Tom and I don't want to label anything or predict what lies ahead. Right now I need to heal."

His Apology Statement

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Sandoval has also acknowledged his fault, saying, "I want to first and foremost apologize to everyone I've hurt through this process." He goes on to add, "Most or all, I want to apologize to Ariana. I made mistakes, I was selfish, and made reckless decisions that hurt somebody I love."

Biggest Regret

Talking about regrets, he mentions, "I feel really horrible about that. My biggest regret is that I dishonored Ariana. I never meant to disappoint so many people, including our loving families and friends."

Silence From Madix

Why is it so quiet

No words yet from Ariana Madix regarding the affairs and scandals, but sources close to her say she "has no interest in going back now — only forward."

The Reunion

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Bravo Tv has resumed filming, and the highly anticipated reunion lies ahead. Things will definitely get heated up, and according to Shay on her podcast, "everyone needs their own personal bodyguard because oof…," while Kent agrees with her by saying, "security will definitely be amped up."