March 4, 2023 | 9:11 p.m.
Tom Sandoval is speaking out after his split from Ariana Madix during a months-long affair with Raquel Leviss.
“Hey, I completely understand and deserve your anger and disappointment with me, but please keep (Tom) Schwartz my friends and family out of this situation…” he wrote on Instagram Saturday.
Sandoval, 39, said Schwartz, 40, only found out about the affair “very recently” and “didn’t put up with it.”
He then apparently expressed his anger at his new Los Angeles bar and that of Schwartz, Schwartz & Sandy’s, which fans called for “boycotting” after news of the cheating scandal broke on Friday.
“There are 3 other partners and 20 employees, who depend on the restaurant for income for themselves and their families,” Sandoval wrote. “Just like (first bar) TomTom, I’m a small part of a much bigger thing.
“Please direct your anger at me and not at them. They did nothing wrong.
The reality star told fans he would “step back” from the business “out of respect” for his colleagues and employees.
He concluded the note ominously without directly addressing his infidelity or breakup, writing, “I need time to address everything else. Sorry for everything”
TMZ was first to report that Sandoval and Madix, 37, had split after nearly a decade together.
An insider also confirmed the news to us, saying, “It’s true that they broke up and the cameras are rolling.”
“The majority of the cast are expected to come together and film tomorrow to share their reactions to Raquel and Sandoval’s affair. Mostly everyone is shaken and heartbroken for Ariana,” the source continued.
The ‘Dead Want Women’ actress reportedly called Sandoval after finding out about her affair with Leviss, 28, on Wednesday when she attended his show with his cover band, Tom Sandoval & the Most Extras, in Los Angeles.
A source told Page Six that Leviss and Sandoval had been “inappropriately communicating for months” and that they “now want to be together.”
The insider added that Madix was “blindsided by cheating.”
“Ariana is heartbroken,” the source tells us. “Ariana was there for Raquel when James (Kennedy) broke up.”
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The insider also said that Madix felt “betrayed” by Leviss, whom she considered a “friend.”
Several of the ‘Vandrpump Rules’ star’s teammates have spoken out about the infidelity, including Leviss’ ex-fiancé James Kennedy.
“I hope you are all feeling as sick as I am. That explains everything,” he said as he shared the news on his Instagram.
Lala Kent also chimed in, leaving a scathing comment under Kennedy’s post. “I told you everything!” she wrote. “Everyone said I was a ‘bully.’
Kent, 32, also messaged Sandoval on his Instagram Stories, writing, “I’ve seen you for who you (are) for a long time, and you just don’t like it. But, I think he’s now time for you to shut your mouth. I eat well next time I see you.
“I suggest you give me energy. You’re going to need it,” she then told Leviss.
Following Sandoval’s cheating allegations, “Vanderpump Rules” fans flooded the Instagram comments of his new bar, Schwartz & Sandy’s, calling for a boycott of the Los Angeles-based establishment.
“Time to cancel this bar 🤢🤢🤢🤢 nobody likes two timekeepers,” one person wrote, while another added, “Boycott this bar.”
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