Raquel is ‘ashamed’ of her ‘misleading’ affair with Sandoval – and admits she unknowingly blamed Ariana

Before Raquel Leviss joined the ‘Vanderpump Rules’ reunion, tension grew so high between Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix that Tom Schwartz whipped out a Xanax in front of the cameras, his castmates and Andy Cohen



During part 2 of Vanderpump RulesDuring the season 10 reunion, Raquel Leviss confessed to being “ashamed” of her “very misleading” affair with Tom Sandoval, as she was accused of “blaming” their costar Ariana Madix.

In Wednesday’s episode, fans finally saw the 28-year-old pageant queen’s one-on-one pre-interview with Andy Cohen.

She told the Watch what’s happening live host, 54, on the beginnings of her affair with the Schwartz & Sandy co-owner: ‘Things started to get more romantic after this girl trip I did.’

When asked if Sandoval, 40, “made you feel special,” Raquel said, “Yeah, he made me feel heard and seen. And those are feelings I never have. really felt like he had never seen him.

“How did you imagine it was going to play out with Ariana, did you think there was a way forward for you two?” Andy wondered.

Raquel admitted, “I think I was living in my own little reality hoping it would work out.”

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Discussing the “many signs” Ariana ignored regarding Sandoval and Raquel’s secret affair, which ultimately ended the couple’s nine-year relationship, Andy noted, “It’s interesting because Tom told me he felt like… ‘Maybe she knows but she’s in denial about it somehow.

“It seemed like it was,” Raquel said. “She never insisted on it. She never confronted me about it. From what I know of what Tom told me, she didn’t question him too much about it, but she just literally believed what he would tell her.

“That kind of sounds like you’re blaming her,” Andy said.

“At the time, I think that was my mindset,” she explained. “And I know now that she really wanted to know, and that was very misleading. I’m really ashamed of that.”

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Andy then asked how the conversation between Raquel and Ariana, 36, after Sandoval’s ex found out about the affair.

“It was a lot of pain that I felt from her,” Raquel recalled. “She begged me to tell her when it all happened. And at this point, we were going to tell her, we just wanted to get our story straight, basically because he felt like it would hurt her if she knew how long this had been going on.”

Andy chimed in, “So getting your story straight, maybe you were going to truncate how long this was going on or something?” Raquel admitted that was the plan.

“I told him the truth,” Raquel continued. “And she said, ‘Thank you for telling me because Tom would never tell me the truth.'”

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Charles Sykes/Bravo via Getty; Cindy Ord/Bravo via Getty

When the cast took their lunch break, Sandoval visited Raquel in the trailer where she had been watching the morning proceedings because she was legally required to stand at least 100 yards away from costar Scheana Shay in light of a pending restraining order (which was dismissed days after the shooting).

“They make you and me fundamentally pathological liars,” Sandoval said.

“I see that,” Raquel said. “Even though we know we are not. We haven’t lied about anything other than this case.

Over lunch, Ariana looked into her crystal ball and predicted to her ex-former friend, “When Little Miss Homewrecker starts making real demands of a relationship, she won’t be so cool and cool, baby.”

She added, “Just like I wasn’t.”

Related: Ariana Madix Calls Tom Sandoval & Raquel Leviss ‘Evil, Demented, Sub-Human’ at Savage "RVP" Meeting

Indeed, back in the trailer, Raquel was still challenging Sandoval, telling him, “I don’t like the way this is going about your guys’ intimacy.”

She continued, “Obviously I only know what you are telling me. But just looking at what you’ve been recording right now, it sounds like you had this solid relationship.

Shaking his head, Sandoval defended himself by shading his ex. “Ariana always spoke to me a bit throughout,” he began, citing a more recent example of Ariana telling him what not to wear despite her compliments on her sense of style.

“I feel like she felt like you wanted the relationship to keep working because you never broke up with her,” Raquel said. Sandoval had to give him that point, agreeing, “Yeah, in a way.”

After Sandoval assured Raquel he was “glad” she was in the reunion, Raquel said, “It just sucks because my whole character is in question now.”

She continued, “I went through a transition phase in my life this summer. And I think the pendulum swung a little too far in the other direction. And that’s my wake-up call.

Sandoval comforts her by saying, “I believe in you.”

“I know you know that,” she said.

Related: ‘VPR’ Reunion: Raquel Is Silent – and Left Behind by Law – as Ariana Confronts Sandoval Over Affair

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Vivien Killilea/Getty Images

Sandoval then asked the producers, “Can I just chat with her without having [cameras]Raquel agreed it would be “good,” but a producer denied them: “Camera if someone’s together all the time.”

Sandoval got flustered, telling the producer, “Man, I just wanna talk to him. We just need a breath.

As the producer kept trying to tell him it wasn’t allowed, Sandoval threatened, “Dude, no, dude. I’ll f—ing flip to get the f— out of here. I am not joking.”

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“If you need a break from filming, that’s fine,” the producer said, and Sandoval shouted, “I need a break from filming!”

“OK, so go have lunch,” the producer said – but Sandoval continued to shout, “Stop filming me!

“I want to talk to him. I don’t want to film my fucking face. You don’t understand,” he claimed. “I don’t feel relaxed. [Raquel] neither. We have to be careful what we say. I do not want that. I am in a very delicate position at the moment.

“Just pick up a beat,” the producer told her.

Sandoval fired back, “This must pick up a pace.

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Back inside the studio, while discussing Raquel’s dismissal of the lawsuit against Scheana, Sandoval insisted that he and Raquel “didn’t do this maliciously,” referring to the case of the months of deception and denunciation.

But Ariana didn’t believe that. “You’re careful what you say because it’s malicious,” she said.

“It’s malicious, but I didn’t do it with malicious intent,” Sandoval said.

“Well, what a fucking intention was there because you already f—ed someone before that,” she shot back. “You are sickening. Go ahead and be the real you.

Referring to his anger, Sandoval then turned it on Ariana: “That’s the you I dealt with during our relationship.

“I feel good about who I am,” she said. “Shamelessly, you deserve to be this now,” he said. She agreed, “Exactly, I deserve it.”

“But you were always deadpan throughout our relationship. You never said you were sorry,” he claimed before Ariana silenced him by telling him to “shut the fuck up.”

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