March 8, 2023 | 10:00 p.m.
Ariana Madix encouraged Raquel Leviss to live her best single life when, unbeknownst to her, Leviss was having an affair with ex-boyfriend Tom Sandoval on Wednesday’s episode of “Vanderpump Rules.”
“I saw there was this country bar (and) I know they’ll be straight people there, presto!” Madix, 37, told Leviss, 28, while discussing their daughter’s upcoming trip to Las Vegas and Lake Havasu, Arizona.
Leviss accepted Madix’s notion, responding eagerly with a “Whoop whoop!”
“Lake Havasu is infamous for girls gone crazy like woo, spring break!” Leviss said in a confessional, motioning to take off his shirt. “Or so I heard.”
Madix also questioned why Leviss told their co-star Katie Maloney that she asked Maloney’s ex-husband Tom Schwartz out on a date.
“I can’t believe what you said to Katie last night that you like you asked Schwartz if he wanted to kiss. I was like I was about to get mad at Raquel for the first time?’ Madix said – foreshadowing it certainly won’t be the last time.
The Bravolebrity clarified in a confessional that when she and her co-stars encouraged Leviss to show off, “make mistakes and go crazy,” she didn’t mean it “like that.”
“For a moment I thought it was unfair that Katie likes to determine who Schwartz can date or kiss, but after seeing the way she responded last night, I felt really, really bad. “admitted Leviss, referring to Maloney, 36, crying over the revelation.
Despite claiming to feel “really, really bad,” Leviss ended up kissing Schwartz at least three times a few weeks later at Scheana Shay and Brock Davies’ Aug. 23 wedding.
The numerous petting sessions between Leviss and Schwartz seemed like the biggest scandal until it was revealed that Leviss was in fact having a “complete affair” with Sandoval, 39.
Sources told Page Six that Sandoval and Leviss “communicated inappropriately for months,” and Leviss’ ex-fiancé James Kennedy claims the affair started before his kiss with Schwartz.
Madix found out about the affair after seeing a sexually explicit video of Leviss on Sandoval’s phone, and Page Six confirmed she dumped him soon after.
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“Ariana was blindsided by cheating,” an insider told Us, adding that Madix had “no idea there were issues” in her relationship and felt “betrayed” by her ex-friend.
Sandoval and Leviss – who wore matching lightning bolt necklaces throughout their affair – did not say if they were still romantically involved, but they each released individual statements apologizing for the affair.
“I want to apologize for my actions and choices, first and foremost to Ariana (Madix) and my friends and fans so invested in our relationships,” Leviss wrote in a statement shared Wednesday. “There are no excuses. I am not a victim, and I must take responsibility for my actions, and I deeply regret hurting Ariana.
Leviss also claimed that it was her “addiction to being and feeling loved” that led her to betray Madix.
Hours before Leviss’ apology, Sandoval issued his second apology — after receiving major backlash for not mentioning Madix in the first — and confessed to making “mistakes”, being “selfish” and “bler (bler ) someone” he loves.
“No one deserves to feel this pain in such a traumatic and public way,” he wrote. “I can only imagine how devastating this was for Ariana and everyone around us. I feel really awful about it.
Since news of the affair broke on Friday, Bravo cameras have been filming the aftermath of “Scandoval,” and we’re told Leviss and Sandoval even “kissed on camera” last Saturday night.
“Vanderpump Rules” airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.