Vanderpump Rules stars Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix have split after it emerged he had ‘bonded’ with co-star Raquel Leviss, DailyMail.com has confirmed.
Madix, 37, reportedly found out about Sandoval, 39,’s alleged cheating with Leviss, 28, over the past two days, ending their nine-year romance shortly after.
A production source told DailyMail.com: “There is more to this story to be revealed in the coming weeks but not all is what it seems, however, it is true that Tom and Raquel are encountered.
“We should change the name of the show to Raquel Rules because she’s definitely become the star of the show this season, giving it her all.”
“Production has turned the cameras back on and they are catching all the fallout as the cast react to this news. This will be Vanderpump Rules’ best season to date.
“The cast should thank Raquel and Tom because Bravo is already talking about renewing the show for an 11th season. It’s the mess viewers live for.
Madix has since deleted her Instagram account, although neither she, Sandoval or Leviss have made a public comment.
DailyMail.com has reached out to representatives for Sandoval, Madix, Leviss and Bravo for comment.
Sandoval and Madix were last seen together on Wednesday — with sources telling TMZ, who were first to report the split — the couple’s nearly decade-long romance has been “out for a while now.”
Sandoval and Madix have been dating since 2014 after Madix joined Vanderpump Rules in Season 2.
It was confirmed at the Season 2 reunion special that they were dating, and they have been together ever since.
Leviss was seen attempting to pursue a new romance with Tom Schwartz in the new season of Vanderpump Rules – following his split from wife Katie Maloney following a 12-year romance and three-year marriage.
Leviss announced her own split from James Kennedy in January after five years together. Following the hookup revelations, he wrote on Instagram: “Hope you all feel as sick as I do. That explains it all.
LaLa Kent said, “I knew those two were disgusting from the jump!”
Madix’s brother Jeremy slammed Sandoval, writing: ‘Funny to see people climbing socially and being so fake they’re ready to s**t on people who are supposed to be their ‘best friend’ (a term that gets thrown around very often here) simply to happen or have some kind of history.
“This lifestyle and this band is beyond toxic and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone…Toms is trying hard to have a midlife crisis with his grumpy band and Raquel faked her way to the top trying to do something thing of his life. stepping on anyone to get there starting with James.
‘Selling the lame s**t guy. Let’s all remember that Raquel was a fan of the show before all of this. Does anyone pay attention?
On Wednesday’s episode of Vanderpump Rules, Leviss tried to convince Schwartz to make out with her, but he politely turned her down.
‘Do you want to get out?’ Leviss proposed Schwartz, 40, while Sandoval’s band played on stage.
“I would love to,” Schwartz said. ‘I can’t. It’s a trap. You’re too good for me anyway.
Schwartz grabbed her hands and told her not to walk away.
‘Are we still filming?’ Schwartz said, looking back and seeing the cameras.
“You look beautiful,” Schwartz told her.
Schwartz said his ex-wife Katie, 36, would be really upset and he couldn’t do this to her. Raquel replied that she wasn’t that close to Katie.
A few days later, Raquel confessed to Katie how she had proposed to her ex-husband.
“He completely refused,” Raquel said. “He completely respects your boundaries.”
“Well, I know, but you’re not,” Katie said.
Raquel said she was sorry but Scheana Shay, 37, put the first thought in her head.
“That’s why she died for me,” Katie said.
Katie said in a confessional that Raquel wasn’t smart enough to figure this out on her own.
In January, Sandoval and Madix – who have been dating since 2014 – were forced to shut down the rumors that they were in an “open relationship”.
The rumors were featured in a Season 10 preview released in January which shows co-star Scheana Shay telling Sandoval on the beach that, “Katie (Maloney) said you and Ariana have an open relationship,” to which Tom replies, ‘Oh my God.’
Madix took to Twitter after the trailer was released, smashing the suggestion in a self-deprecating way.
“We don’t have an open relationship. I’m really uncool. I thought it was obvious,” Madix tweeted, adding the hashtag #pumprules.
Although the alleged “open relationship” isn’t hinted at further in the trailer, Sandoval was seen hugging Leviss while he was shirtless.
Madix also responded to a number of fans on Twitter, including Emerson Collins, who praised, “Absolutely here for cutting nonsense from the first second it was heard.”
Madix replied, “Sometimes you just have to,” and a GIF of Anjelica Huston from The Addams Family movie cutting off the head of a rose.
She also responded to a fan who asked if Madix was “no longer bi”, as the actress said, “bisexual ≠ polyamorous”.
Madix also responded to a fan named Jessi Yuknek, who joked, “I hate people.” Why would I want another? as Madix said, “lmao exactly”.