The long-awaited Vanderpump Rules reunion part 1 kicked off (or rather, exploded) on Wednesday, with Tom Sandoval and Raquel Levis’ affair taking center stage from the start, and bombshells dropping.
Tom’s ex-boyfriend Ariana Maddix and co-stars condemned Tom’s actions, accusing him of “crocodile tears”. Ariana said she was “blaming the victim” and “she’s sorry”.
Before everyone got together, host Andy Cohen first sat down “to listen” separately with the principals of “Scandoval” at the reunion.
“I kind of feel like you’re the most hated person on TV,” Andy told Tom.
The Schwartz & Sandy co-owner has revealed what led to his affair with Raquel, saying he had “problems” with ex-Ariana that were hidden from the cameras and friends.
“Ariana and I have kept our relationship pretty secret for many years,” Tom said. “I felt like her gay best friend. She wore the front during filming.”
Ariana, on the other hand, did the opposite of what Andy said, saying she felt “always showing me everything from my point of view.”
“He’s framed it as something else now because he has to. He’s desperate,” said Ariana, who believed Tom was trying to twist the situation. ”
Ariana revealed that it took “a full 48 hours” for Raquel to email her after the affair allegations surfaced, adding that she blocked him afterward. She says Ariana looks back and she asks herself, “How could she have missed this?” From a friend she was deeply involved in her life.
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At the next day’s reunion, the cast were unable to attend the first part due to a restraining order filed against Shayna Shay by Raquel and had to watch it through the trailer, but the cast showed Tom their work. I didn’t miss the chance to pass it on. Thoughts about the incident.
Lala Kent got things off to a heated start by calling Tom a “dangerous human”. And from there, a multitude of insults flew.
Why didn’t Tom come clean to Ariana early on when Andy asked the million dollar question? Sandoval said: She had been through a lot. She didn’t want to add ”
Ariana has denied Tom’s claim that they “haven’t been intimate in years.”
“It’s not true. We were intimate,” she said, clearly emotional. “Also, just because you have a problem with your intimate relationship doesn’t mean you can literally do any shit. You either work on it or you break up, so don’t fret over our relationship.” , it makes no sense. It is stupid. That’s what victim-blaming is all about!”
And the accusations continued! There was also talk of Tom Schwartz and Raquel kissing, with Lisa Vanderpump saying, “It’s a bad idea to encourage her best friend to flirt with someone she just slept with.”
Sandoval disagreed with Lisa and denied it was a decoy.
One thing many in this cast can’t deny is the fact that Andy paid attention to them and never cheated. “This is a gang of crooks. No one in this group has clean hands except Katie. [Maloney] and LVP. How is that not hypocritical? ”
Lara immediately replied to Andy: “None of us cheated on our best friend.”
Part 2 of the Vanderpump Rules Reunion airs on Bravo on May 31st.