March 12, 2023 | 10:42
Tom Schwartz says Tom Sandoval is “a piece of shit” for cheating on his longtime girlfriend Ariana Madix with Raquel Leviss.
The ‘Vanderpump Rules’ star, who runs multiple restaurants with Sandoval, said in her first post-‘Scandoval’ interview that her beleaguered co-star understands the seriousness of her actions.
“He’s fine, I think. Relatively speaking. I mean, he has a sense of deep sadness, and rightly so. I think he feels like a piece of shit, and to some extent maybe he is,” Schwartz, 40, told TMZ as he emerged from LAX wearing a hoodie and a Saturday baseball cap.
“But he knows he screwed up. The whole thing is really sad.
Schwartz went on to say that the story was almost stranger than the fiction. He claimed he had not spoken to Leviss, 28, since his affair with Sandoval, 40, became international news.
However, Schwartz expressed concern for Madix, 37, who dated Sandoval for nearly a decade before finding evidence she was now cheating on her with Leviss.
“Luckily Ariana has a really good support system and she’s with her friends,” Schwartz told the outlet.
“I don’t know where she is. I hope she lives a good life, just having fun. I hope she will live a trip. I just hope this all blows up, you know?
The Bravolebrity also declined to confirm whether it was aware of the secret tryst, which reportedly lasted seven months.
“You’ll see him starring on the show,” he teased, though he previously denied kissing Leviss in an effort to distract from his affair with his friend.
“No it’s not true. Unless I was a pawn in the game,” he added. “It’s fucking complicated. It’s the understatement of the year.
Schwartz also noted that he was concerned about the impact of the scandal on businesses he co-owns with Sandoval, TomTom Restaurant & Bar and Schwartz & Sandy’s Lounge.
“I think Tom is fine. Really, I’m just sad about the negative impact this is having on our business, but I think cool heads will prevail,” he said. “And I’m just going to keep on going.”
Schwartz is speaking out shortly after Madix dumped her longtime beau after finding out he had been cheating on her with the former beauty pageant queen since at least July 2022.
As previously reported, Madix was watching her ex’s cover band Tom Sandoval & The Most Extras perform in West Hollywood, Calif., on March 1 when she came across a sexually explicit video of Leviss on her phone.
Leviss and Sandoval have since apologized for their entanglement, and Page Six can confirm Bravo cameras have been rolling on the fallout from the show’s ongoing 10th season.