“That is our JFK assassination.” “That is our Watergate.” The individuals who made these declarations weren’t speaking a couple of breaking piece of political information. They’re speaking concerning the breakup of Vanderpump Guidelines stars Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix. I, personally, have been evaluating it to Ned Stark’s loss of life plus the Pink Marriage ceremony plus the JFK assassination, since it’s too massive, too surprising, too life-altering to be in comparison with any single occasion.
Vanderpump Guidelines is a derivative of The Actual Housewives of Beverly Hills that got down to observe the lives of Lisa Vanderpump’s staff at her restaurant SUR (Horny Distinctive Restaurant). Over the course of the present’s 10 seasons, SUR staff have gained fame and moved on from their jobs waitressing, internet hosting, and bartending, however not from the present. The magic of Vanderpump has all the time been that its core solid members have been good buddies for years earlier than the present started. Their relationships have been actual, and so was the drama. And the most recent Vanderpump scandal is essentially the most surprising one but.
Sandoval and Ariana’s breakup would have been massive information to the Vanderpump group regardless, but it surely was the revelation that the break up was sparked by Sandoval’s affair with co-star Raquel Leviss that left followers in full meltdown mode, theorizing, gathering clues from previous footage and Instagram photographs, and investigating each element of the so-dubbed Scandoval. The maelstrom the followers stirred up within the days following the breakup was overwhelming sufficient to permeate past the insular Bravo bubble, leaving many confused onlookers questioning who these persons are, why there are a number of Toms concerned, and why any of this issues.
With practically 200 episodes and a decade’s price of hookups, breakups, and feuds making up Vanderpump lore, making an attempt to grasp Scandoval with no information is a problem I wouldn’t want upon my worst enemy (who simply so occurs at the moment to be Tom Sandoval). So let me be your information to the breakup and affair that has rocked the fact TV group to its very core.
Meet the gamers
Tom Sandoval: An unique Vanderpump solid member who was in a nine-year relationship with co-star Ariana Madix — till the primary week of March. He’s finest buddies and enterprise companions with Tom Schwartz, with whom he co-owns the bars Schwartz & Sandy’s and TomTom. He’s additionally the lead singer and financier of Tom Sandoval & the Most Extras, a pitchy cowl band.
Ariana Madix: Sandoval’s former girlfriend joined Vanderpump in 2013 amid rumors that Sandoval cheated on his longtime girlfriend and co-star Kristen Doute along with her. The pair confirmed their relationship in 2014 throughout the season 2 reunion. Ariana has all the time been a VPR fan favourite, beloved for being the voice of a motive and seemingly essentially the most grounded of the bunch (regardless of at one level taking sketch comedy very critically).
Raquel Leviss: A former pageant woman who was launched in season 5 because the girlfriend of solid member James Kennedy, who used so far Sandoval’s ex, Kristen. In Could 2021, the couple bought engaged on the present after an extravagant, $25,000 proposal largely funded by Sandoval. James and Raquel broke up in December 2021, saying the choice on the season 9 reunion.
Tom Schwartz: Sandoval’s finest good friend and the previous husband of co-star Katie Maloney. After 12 years collectively, Katie requested Schwartz for a divorce in March 2022. In August 2022, Schwartz and Raquel made out at co-star Scheana Shay’s wedding ceremony, making a rift within the solid that performed out publicly within the months main as much as the present’s season 10 premiere and all through the at the moment airing episodes.
So what occurred?
On March 3, TMZ reported that Sandoval and Ariana had damaged up after she found he had been dishonest with Raquel. In response to experiences, Ariana had been in attendance at certainly one of Sandoval’s exhibits on March 1 when she found an express video of Raquel and inappropriate messages on Sandoval’s cellphone. The pair had allegedly been seeing one another for “upwards of six months” — across the time or shortly after cameras began rolling on season 10 of Vanderpump Guidelines.
An alleged good friend of Raquel’s mentioned in a since-deleted put up to the Vanderpump subreddit that Ariana had turn into suspicious of the pair within the months main as much as the breakup. The poster mentioned Ariana nearly caught them collectively after seeing Sandoval depart their visitor room, which Raquel was staying in, with Sandoval claiming to have been bringing Raquel water… at 4 a.m. Whereas a supply advised Web page Six that Raquel would spend the evening when Ariana was out of city, James claimed to DeuxMoi that Sandoval and Raquel would hook up in the home whereas “Ariana [was] sleeping.”
Although Sandoval was accused of dishonest on Kristen a number of occasions, Ariana and Sandoval have lengthy been the present’s most steady couple. On March 1, solely hours earlier than Ariana found the affair, Sandoval advised Web page Six that the key to their relationship is that they’ve “been actually good about respecting one another.” Now, there are experiences saying Sandoval and Raquel “need to be collectively” following his breakup with Ariana.
Weren’t Raquel and Ariana buddies, although?
Sure, and that’s a part of why the affair is so devastating to these concerned and to followers. When Raquel joined the present, she wasn’t greeted by a heat reception; the solid is notoriously cliquey and their dislike of James influenced their reception of Raquel. Ariana was an exception and all the time supported Raquel. Katie warmed as much as Raquel as nicely over time, and in season 9 they each took and offered photographs of their ft to assist fund Raquel’s second nostril job.
Within the at the moment airing tenth season, Ariana continues to be a help system for Raquel within the wake of her and James’ breakup, encouraging Raquel to get again on the market (simply not with Schwartz). In an episode of the Chicks within the Workplace podcast that launched on March 3, Raquel mentioned: “Ariana and Scheana have been those that basically embraced me into this group and have been there for me since day one, so I do know who my true buddies are.”
Does this imply Raquel was hooking up with each Toms on the similar time?
Probably. That is the place issues take a detour into conspiracy land. Raquel and Schwartz have been first rumored to have attached at Coachella in April 2022. Nevertheless, Schwartz didn’t attend Coachella final 12 months; Sandoval did. Raquel even posted a photograph of them collectively on the music competition. Whether or not the Coachella rumor was an entire fabrication or if the supply merely bought their Toms blended up is unknown. Although the identical particular person claiming to be Raquel’s good friend on Reddit mentioned Raquel and Sandoval did hook up at Coachella.
True or not, the rumor impressed Scheana to push for Raquel and Schwartz to truly hook up — a campaign at the moment being chronicled within the airing episodes of Vanderpump. Understandably, Katie is upset by this, as she and Schwartz agreed to not hook up with individuals within the good friend group and Scheana and Raquel are ostensibly her buddies. Within the season’s fourth episode, Raquel admits to Katie that she lately approached Schwartz and requested him on to make out. (He declined.) Upon listening to the confession, Ariana tells Raquel, “Woman, I didn’t know you had it in you.”
We all know that Schwartz and Raquel did kiss at Scheana’s wedding ceremony in August, although the episode protecting the second has but to air. However followers at the moment are calling into query the validity of your complete Schwartz and Raquel storyline. The unsubstantiated idea is that Schwartz was the one particular person within the solid to know concerning the affair and agreed to behave as a decoy, taking part in right into a false storyline about his personal romance with Raquel to distract from Sandoval and Raquel’s actual affair. Seeing as Schwartz beforehand mentioned he’d cowl up for a unique co-star’s dishonest — and this approaching the heels of followers watching how false narratives distracted from actual dishonest in Actual Housewives of Potomac’s lately wrapped season — the decoy idea is widespread amongst Bravo followers.
The revelation of the affair has additionally sparked shut reexamination of Schwartz and Sandoval’s current joint interviews. On the March 6 episode of Andy Cohen’s Sirius present Radio Andy, Andy recalled the “odd vitality between them” on a February episode of Watch What Occurs Dwell. “Schwartz was Sandoval your complete time, nearly for steering on solutions.”
On March 4, Sandoval mentioned that Schwartz solely discovered “very lately” and “didn’t condone [his] actions.”
Why that is SO messy
Vanderpump is a present actually based on dishonest; its sequence premiere was hooked up to an episode of The Actual Housewives of Beverly Hills by which Housewife Brandi Glanville confronts Scheana about her affair with Eddie Cibrian whereas he was married to Brandi. Vanderpump beforehand peaked in season 2 when it was revealed that Kristen cheated on Sandoval with Jax Taylor, Sandoval’s finest good friend and the boyfriend of Kristen’s finest good friend, Stassi Schroeder.
However the affair between Sandoval and Raquel is totally different for a number of causes, together with the extent of their affair and the seriousness of Sandoval and Ariana’s relationship. In contrast to on the time of the Jax-Kristen hookup, the solid members are not 20-somethings figuring their lives out. Sandoval, 39, and Ariana, 37, personal a home collectively and have had enterprise ventures collectively. In 2021, Ariana shared on WWHL that she may now be “extra open to marriage,” one thing Sandoval has all the time wished.
What actually units this aside, although, is how shameless Raquel and Sandoval have been with their relationship. In October, Sandoval went as far as to gown up as Raquel for Halloween, carrying the TomTom sweatshirt she had sported to BravoCon earlier that week. On the time, the feud between Katie and Raquel over the Schwartz hookup was nonetheless heated, and the costume was interpreted as a dig at Katie, who Sandoval by no means had a great relationship with.
Whereas disrespecting Katie could have been a part of the intention, it’s unbelievable that Sandoval dressed up as the lady he was having an affair with, went out with Ariana and Raquel that evening whereas dressed as Raquel, and that Raquel posted a number of playful photographs and movies of Sandoval within the costume — all of that are nonetheless out there in her Halloween Instagram highlights. On March 1, Raquel even gifted Andy Cohen that very same TomTom sweatshirt throughout a taping of Watch What Occurs Dwell. Through the episode, she additionally went on the air saying Sandoval was the warmer Tom, to the shock of each Scheana and Andy.
Maybe essentially the most surprising revelation, although, is the rumor that the pair have matching lightning bolt necklaces to represent their love. After this report first surfaced, it didn’t take lengthy for followers to seek out each Sandoval and Raquel carrying lightning bolt necklaces repeatedly, together with in entrance of Ariana. Per TMZ, Raquel and Tom might be seen carrying lightning bolt necklaces beginning in October 2022. Whereas lightning bolt necklaces aren’t unusual, nothing appears outdoors the realm of chance at this level.
All of this drama can be taking part in out later this season on Vanderpump Guidelines. After information of the dishonest scandal bought out, Bravo resumed manufacturing on season 10. Per Web page Six, Ariana and Sandoval filmed collectively on March 3, with sources saying their dialog left Ariana feeling “gaslit” by Tom, who allegedly used their home, Ariana’s psychological well being, and her grandmother’s loss of life final 12 months as excuses for hiding the affair.
How has the solid responded?
To cite Actual Housewives of New York star Dorinda Medley, “Not nicely, bitch!” After the information broke, it was all of the Bravo universe may discuss. Present and former Vanderpump stars got here out to help Ariana, in addition to different Bravolebrities. Even the realtor of the aforementioned Dorinda bought concerned.
Ariana deleted her Instagram, however followers have been getting updates from her buddies and co-stars. On March 3, Kristen posted a video of herself with Ariana, saying how a lot she loves her. Lala has posted a number of movies and Tales calling out Sandoval and Raquel. In a single, she says Ariana gave her “full consent to torch these motherfuckers.” Lala additionally put her Bambi Eyed B*tch eyeshadow palette, a collaboration with Raquel, on heavy low cost, declaring every thing should go. (It’s now offered out).
At first, Katie went the route of simplicity, posting two clown emojis to her Instagram Tales, however has since adopted that up with a number of posts exhibiting help for Ariana, with whom she’s been planning on opening a sandwich store. James trolled Sandoval’s web page and jokingly instructed followers to throw tomatoes at him throughout the March 3 Sandoval & the Most Extras present. (Tomatoes weren’t thrown, however followers did shout “Ariana!” at him.)
Schwartz, in fact, has chosen to remain out of it, posting an Instagram Story saying, “I requested my magic 8 ball if it’s going to be a chill day .”
However essentially the most surprising response allegedly got here from Scheana, certainly one of Raquel’s finest buddies and the one one who was along with her on March 1. In response to the Reddit put up, after the WWHL taping, Scheana and Raquel have been nonetheless collectively when Ariana found the messages on Sandoval’s cellphone. That evening, Raquel admitted to the affair to Scheana, who reportedly then hit Raquel.
Raquel’s sister alluded to this rumor on March 4. After Vanderpump solid member (and Raquel’s former good friend) Charli Burnett posted that “nobody deserves to really feel this intestine punch,” Raquel’s sister responded, “Nor, punched within the face.” When a person mentioned Raquel’s sister was “sick” to defend her, the sister mentioned she wasn’t “defending, simply additionally not condoning bodily violence.” “Get the fuck off my web page earlier than I drag you & your mf sister. Present her this too,” Charli wrote after calling the sister a really NSFW identify.
Sandoval put out an announcement on March 4. In it, he requested followers to cease directing anger at Schwartz & Sandy’s, which was being Yelp-bombed and having its Instagram web page spammed with damaging feedback. Sandoval apologized to his enterprise companions and staff who have been being harmed by the scandal, however his assertion didn’t point out Ariana. Schwartz & Sandy’s put out an announcement of its personal, saying the corporate is “disenchanted by the present state of affairs” and considers Ariana “a great good friend.”
Raquel has but to answer the affair, although she has allegedly employed the identical publicist as Actual Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne.
This can be a lot for Vanderpump followers to course of within the fast span of three days. Thankfully, the cameras have been rolling to seize all of it. The plan is to include the dishonest scandal into the present season, with the reunion scheduled to movie in two weeks.