March 8, 2023 | 10:00 PM
Ariana Madix encouraged Raquel Leviss to live her best life as a bachelor while, unbeknownst to her, Leviss was having an affair with her now ex-boyfriend Tom Sandoval on Wednesday’s episode of “Vanderpump Rules.”
“I saw there’s a country bar [and] I know it will be straight men there, whoop it up!” Madix, 37, told Leviss, 28, as they discussed their soon-to-be girl’s trip to Las Vegas and Lake Havasu, Ariz.
Leviss agreed with Madix’s idea by eagerly replying with a “Whoop whoop!”
“Lake Havasu is infamous for girls going wild like woo, spring break!” Leviss said in a confessional as she gestured for her to take off her shirt. “At least that’s what I heard.”
Madix also wondered why Leviss told their co-star Katie Maloney that she asked Maloney’s ex-husband, Tom Schwartz, to kiss her.
“I can’t believe what you said to Katie last night that you were happy to ask Schwartz if he wanted to make love. I was like, am I going to get mad at Raquel for the first time? said Madix – foreshadowing how it certainly won’t be the last time.
The Bravolebrity clarified in a confessional that when she and her co-stars encouraged Leviss to put themselves out there, “make mistakes and go crazy,” she didn’t mean it “that way.”
“For a moment I thought it was unfair of Katie to like to control who Schwartz can hang out with or make love to, but seeing how she reacted last night made me feel really, really bad,” Leviss admitted, referring to Maloney, 36, crying about the revelation.
Despite claiming he felt “really, really bad,” Leviss ended up kissing Schwartz at least three times, just a few weeks later at Scheana Shay and Brock Davies’ August 23 wedding.
Leviss and Schwartz’s various kissing sessions seemed to become the biggest scandal until it was revealed that Leviss was actually having a “full-on affair” with 39-year-old Sandoval.
Sources told Page Six that Sandoval and Leviss had been “communicating inappropriately for months,” and Leviss’ ex-fiancée, James Kennedy, claimed the affair began before her kiss with Schwartz.
Madix discovered the affair after seeing a sexually explicit video of Leviss on Sandoval’s phone, and Page Six confirmed she dumped him soon after.
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“Ariana was blindsided by the deception,” an insider previously told us, adding that Madix “had no idea there were problems” in her relationship and feels “betrayed” by her ex-boyfriend.
Sandoval and Leviss — who wore matching lightning bolt necklaces throughout their affair — haven’t clarified whether they’re still romantically involved, but they each issued an individual statement apologizing for the affair.
“I want to apologize for my actions and my choices, especially to Ariana [Madix] and to my friends and the fans who have invested so much in our relationships,” Leviss wrote in a statement shared on Wednesday. “There is no excuse. I am not a victim, and I must acknowledge my actions, and I am deeply sorry for hurting Ariana.
Leviss also claimed it was her “addiction to being and feeling loved” that led her to betray Madix.
Hours before Leviss apologized, Sandoval issued his second apology – after being heavily criticized for not mentioning Madix in the first – admitting to having made “mistakes”, being “selfish” and “hurt”.[ing] someone” he loves.
“No one deserves to feel that pain so traumatically and publicly,” he wrote. “I can only imagine how devastating this has been for Ariana and everyone around us. I feel really terrible about that.”
Since news of the affair broke on Friday, Bravo cameras have been filming the aftermath of “Scandoval,” and we’re told Leviss and Sandoval even “kissed on camera” last Saturday night.
“Vanderpump Rules” airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.