Ariana Madix ‘blindsided’ by Tom Sandoval, Raquel Leviss affair


“Vanderpump Rules” star Ariana Madix is devastated over her breakup from Tom Sandoval amid his cheating scandal with Raquel Leviss, Page Six has exclusively learned.

We’re told Madix, 37, is “heartbroken” after learning that her longtime boyfriend and her close friend have been “communicating inappropriately for months.”

“Ariana was blindsided by the cheating,” an insider tells us, adding that Madix had “no idea there were any issues” in her relationship, as she and Sandoval, 39, have been “affectionate in public recently.”

We’re told Madix “has been hanging out with Raquel recently” and that she “was there for her” after Leviss, 28, called off her engagement to James Kennedy in December 2022.

A selfie of Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval.
Ariana Madix is devastated over her split from Tom Sandoval amid his cheating scandal with Raquel Leviss.
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Our source says Madix feels “betrayed by her friend.”

We’re told she “found out” about the pair’s “full-on affair” Wednesday at Sandoval’s band’s show.

The two had been dating since 2013.

A selfie of Tom Sandoval and Raquel Leviss.
We’re told Sandoval and Leviss have been “communicating inappropriately for months.”
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While Ariana deactivated her social media accounts after the news broke, her brother, Jeremy Madix, blasted Sandoval and Leviss in a comment left on Kennedy’s Instagram page.

In it, Jeremy slammed people who “social climb and [are] sooooo fake that they’re willing to s–t on people that are supposed to be their ‘best friend.’”

Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval on "Vanderpump Rules."
Madix is “heartbroken” and feels “betrayed.”
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He also called Sandoval a “try hard having a midlife crisis with his cringey band” and claimed Leviss “has faked her way to the top trying to make something of her life willing to step on whoever to get there starting with James.”

Jeremy added, “Let’s all remember Raquel was a fan of the show before all of this. Does anyone pay attention?”

Tom Sandoval and Raquel Leviss
Madix “found out” about the pair’s “full-on affair” on Wednesday at Sandoval’s band’s show.
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Just days ago, Leviss admitted to Page Six that “the last cast member” she had “texted with” was “a text thread with Tom and Tom,” referring to Sandoval and his best friend, Tom Schwartz.

“Mine is from Schwartz saying, ‘Raq, come kick it with us tomorrow. See ya mañana,’” she read aloud during an interview with us.

Looking at Scheana Shay, who joined her for the chat, Leviss explained, “That was the night we went to [their new bar] Schwartz & Sandy’s, which is the night that I posted that photo.”

Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix
Madix has left Sandoval after 10 years together.
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The photo in question — branded “desperado” by Schwartz’s ex-wife, Katie Maloney — was posted to Leviss’ Instagram account on Feb. 18.

As cameras rolled for Season 10 of the reality show, which is currently airing, Leviss, 28, made out with Schwartz against Maloney’s wishes.

Page Six can confirm that Bravo is currently filming the latest drama.

Reps for the network, Ariana, Sandoval and Leviss did not immediately respond to our requests for comment.

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