'Vanderpump Rules' cheating scandal: What Tom Sandoval, Raquel Leviss and Ariana Madix have said
There is major relationship drama on and off the set of "Vanderpump Rules."
In early March, reports began circulating that Tom Sandoval allegedly cheated on Ariana Madix with their co-star Raquel Leviss. Since then, all three reality stars have addressed the scandal on social media, and Bravo has released heated teasers for the show's upcoming three-part reunion, which begins airing May 24 and will see the cast hash out the scandal in front of the cameras.
Madix was the last to weigh in, writing on March 16 that she was "devastated and broken."
Sandoval firstacknowledged the drama on Instagram March 4 to ask fans to redirect their "anger and disappointment" away from his co-star and business partner Tom Schwartz, who was apparently taking heat after news of the scandal surfaced on March 3.
People,E! News and TMZ reported the couple broke up following Sandoval’s alleged affair with Leviss. Sandoval and Madix had been together for nine years, according to E! News.
Sandoval issued another statement on March 7 addressing Madix by name, and on March 8, Leviss followed suit.
Here’s everything we know.
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Bravo released a new trailer for the reunion Friday, which appears to show Madix calling Leviss "diabolical, demented, subhuman."
"I can't think of two worse people," Madix says, crying. "I can't."
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What has Ariana Madix said about the cheating scandal?
Madix broke her silence on the alleged cheating scandal in an Instagram post on March 16.
"To say I have been devastated and broken is an understatement," Madix said in the lengthy statement. "However, I know that I am not in this alone." Referring to her "VPR" co-stars, she added, "so many of my closest friends are also grieving this loss right now and reeling from this betrayal on so many levels."
The support surrounding her gave the reality star "strength to continue and see me through my darkest hours," she said, adding that her support system is the "best" in the world. "I hope I can repay every single person for the love you have shown me."
The "VPR" star closed out her message, "What doesn’t kill me better run."
What has Tom Sandoval said?
Sandoval first addressed his rumored infidelity with Leviss on March 4 in an Instagram post.
"Please leave Schwartz, my friends and family out of this situation … Schwartz specifically only found out about this very recently, and most definitely did not condone my actions," Sandoval wrote, alluding to the cheating scandal. "This was a very personal thing."
USA TODAY has reached out to representatives for Sandoval, Madix and Leviss for comment.
The Tom Sandoval & The Most Extras singer founded Schwartz & Sandy’s, a cocktail lounge and restaurant in Los Angeles, with Schwartz in 2021. Sandoval and Schwartz also co-founded TomTom Restaurant & Bar in West Hollywood with fellow co-star Lisa Vanderpump.
"Please direct (your) anger towards me and not them. They did nothing wrong," he added. "I will be taking a step back (and) taking a hiatus out of respect for my employees (and) partners. I need some time to address everything else. Sorry for everything."
On March 7, Sandoval directly addressed Madix by name in another lengthy Instagram statement.
"Most of all, I want to apologize to Ariana. I made mistakes, I was selfish, and made reckless decisions that hurt somebody I love," he wrote. "No one deserves to feel that pain so traumatically and publicly."
He continued: "I can only imagine how devastating this has been for Ariana and everyone around us … My biggest regret is that I dishonored Ariana. … My love for Ariana was stronger than any camera could ever have captured ... I owed Ariana better."
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What has Raquel Leviss said?
Leviss shared a statement on Instagram March 8 apologizing for her "actions and my choices to Ariana, my friends and the fans so invested in our relationships."
She wrote there was "no excuse" for her actions and that she is "not a victim and must own my actions. I deeply regret hurting Ariana."
Leviss also shared she was reflecting on her choices, speaking to a counselor, and learning more about herself and "patterns of codependency and addiction to being and feeling loved."
Hours later, she followed up with another statement declaring her "sincere" feelings for Sandoval, doubling down on her need for healing.
"Besides the indefensible circumstances surrounding our relationship, my feelings for Tom have always been sincere and born out of a loving friendship," she wrote. "I need to take care of my health, work on self growth, and take time to be ok with being alone."
She added: "I care for Tom and don't want to label anything or predict what lies ahead."
Tom Sandoval's restaurant Schwartz & Sandy's weighs in on cheating scandal
The official Instagram page for Schwartz & Sandy’s addressed "the outpouring of outrage that has been directed towards our business" in the wake of Sandoval's alleged cheating scandal, asking fans to reconsider the "negative comments" they post online.
"Those of us who are not famous have dedicated our time, hearts and money to make this restaurant a reality," the restaurant wrote March 4. "We too are disappointed by the current situation, as Ariana has always been a good friend and a great supporter of the restaurant. We appreciate that you may feel a certain way, but please understand that the livelihoods of others also depend on this business."
"Our staff, from the waitresses and bartenders to the cooks and dishwashers, all have had nothing to do with this unfortunate situation," the restaurant continued. "Our goal has always been to create a place where our community can come and enjoy a fun atmosphere with good food and friendly service, and we intend to continue to focus on that endeavor."
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Will Tom Sandoval's cheating scandal be featured on 'Vanderpump Rules'?
During March 6's episode of his "Radio Andy" show, "Vanderpump Rules" host Andy Cohen confirmed that Sandoval's cheating scandal will be featured on the show's current season.
"You may have heard rumors that the cameras were up over the weekend," Cohen said. "The cameras have been up on everyone, getting reactions and filming, so you will see this play out in a sense (on) this season of 'Vanderpump Rules' before the reunion."
Cohen also took a moment to remind listeners of the humanity beneath the headline-grabbing drama.
"These are real people," Cohen said. "This is a real relationship, and so you do have to keep that in mind."
What time does 'Vanderpump Rules' air?
If you want to tune in to the drama as it unfolds, "Vanderpump Rules" airs on Bravo at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesdays.
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