Inside the ‘Vanderpump Rules’ cheating scandal

At its finest — or worst — actuality TV is crammed with scandalous affairs, brutal betrayals and lightweight girl-on-girl violence.

However not often do the exploits of its stars generate curiosity past fervent followers and Andy Cohen’s checking account.

That modified, nonetheless, this week, when the world was unusually gripped by Scandoval, a dishonest scandal that’s torn aside the forged of Bravo’s “Vanderpump Guidelines,” a decade-old actuality present with getting old stars and dwindling viewership — till now.

Those that deemed themselves above any curiosity within the Two Toms, what actually occurred at Scheana’s wedding ceremony and who cheated in Vegas have discovered themselves unable to flee the information of Tom Sandoval’s infidelity with longtime associate Ariane Madix’s finest buddy, Raquel Leviss.

Huh? When you’re scratching your head — and pondering of your school diploma — but additionally unusually intrigued, learn on.

The current cast of "Vanderpump Rules": (from far left) Raquel Leviss, Scheana Shay, Ariana Madix, Tom Sandoval, Lisa Vanderpump, Tom Schwartz, Lala Kent, James Kennedy, Katie Maloney.
The present forged of “Vanderpump Guidelines”: (from far left) Raquel Leviss, Scheana Shay, Ariana Madix, Tom Sandoval, Lisa Vanderpump, Tom Schwartz, Lala Kent, James Kennedy, Katie Maloney.
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What’s ‘Vanderpump Guidelines,’ anyway?

The Bravo actuality present launched in 2013 as a derivative from the “Actual Housewives of Beverly Hills.” It follows the exploits of enticing folks in Los Angeles who work at SUR, a West Hollywood restaurant and lounge co-owned by former “Housewife” star Lisa Vanderpump.

To get an concept of what sort of clientele SUR attracts, know that Vanderpump has defined that its title is each Spanish for “south” and an acronym for Horny Distinctive Restaurant.

SUR’s servers and bartenders had been initially a tough partying bunch with desires of modeling, performing and music careers.

Vanderpump acted as each mom hen and referee to her staffers, counseling them as they dated and mated — virtually completely with one another.

Lisa Vanderpump holding her dog
The present initially started as a glance inside “Actual Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurant Sur.
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Because the seasons wore on, the celebs started to all have related facial options as they spent their Bravo earnings on the beauty surgeon.

The forged additionally began to quiet down, some obtained married, purchased homes and moved to the valley. Others had pesky previous allegedly racist incidents floor and had been kicked off the present.

Briefly, the franchise was sagging and flagging, however Scandoval has plumped it again up like a wonderfully focused Juvederm injection from a Rodeo Drive dermatologist.

The episode that aired Thursday — the primary since “Scandoval” broke — noticed greater than a 30% bump in comparison with the week earlier than, viewership the present hadn’t loved in two years.

Who’re the principle gamers in Scandoval?

Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix
Castmates — and now exes — Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix.

Tom Sandoval, 39: A former bartender and male mannequin from Missouri, he’s been identified to flatiron his hair and put on matching bike helmets together with his bestie Tom Schwartz, 40. The bosom buddies co-own two well-liked LA-area bars, TomTom and Schwartz and Sandy’s.

Ariana Madix, 37: Sandoval’s girlfriend of 9 years. A bisexual, comparatively down-to-earth blonde, she introduced a relative contact of gravitas to the vapid forged. The couple appeared in it for the lengthy haul — as a lot as anybody on a actuality present is. In 2019, they bought a $2.075 million five-bedroom fashionable farmhouse in Los Angeles’ Valley Village neighborhood.

Raquel Leviss and Ariana Madix.
Castmates — and now, almost certainly, ex-BFFs Raquel Leviss and Ariana Madix.
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Raquel Leviss, 28: She’s a former magnificence queen who entered the SUR scrum in 2016 because the girlfriend and later fiance of one other forged member — foul-mouthed, sobriety-challenged British DJ James Kennedy, 31. The pair broke up, however she turned a present staple and in addition cast a detailed friendship with Madix.

What the heck occurred?

Tom Sandoval
Sandoval fronts the band, The Most Extras.
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On March 1, Sandoval was performing together with his cowl band, Tom Sandoval & The Most Extras, at TomTom in West Hollywood. (Shockingly, one other Sandoval ex, former forged member Kristen Doute, has referred to as him a narcissist.)

His mobile phone fell from his pocket as he carried out and somebody gave it to Madix for safekeeping.

Earlier than the gig, Sandoval gushed about Madix to Web page Six, saying, “We undoubtedly have our ups and downs, for positive, however I believe we’ve been actually good about respecting one another.” However, on reflection, the mobile phone was a Chekhovian gun that, in fact, needed to fireplace.

Whereas sometimes trusting, Madix checked out it and noticed a sexually specific video that includes Leviss. Upon additional scroll, she realized that the pair had been having an affair for a while — reportedly for months.

Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval
Madix and Sandoval had been collectively for 9 years.
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A supply instructed Web page Six that Madix was “blindsided” and “heartbroken,” however “good man” Sandoval has a historical past of dishonest.

He and Madix first began hooking up whereas he was in a relationship with former forged member Doute, 40. Doute later accused him of dishonest on Madix with a lady dubbed “Miami woman.”

In the meantime, on the East Coast, Leviss and castmate and buddy Sheana Shay, 37, who can also be Madix’s bestie, had been in New York to seem on Bravo’s “Watch What Occurs Stay.”

The pair went out for drinks and Shay misplaced Leviss, however she discovered her outdoors the institution speaking on the cellphone with a hysterical Madix.


Raquel Leviss
Leviss (above) alleges that, after the affair was revealed, co-star Scheana Shay gave her a black eye.
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Leviss alleges that led to a confrontation and Shay punched her within the face and “pushed her towards a brick wall” inflicting harm to the again of her head.

Leviss filed for a restraining order towards Shay and included pictures of her bruised, reduce eye in courtroom doc***ents. Shay has denied the assault.

“At the moment, mutual mates & co-workers are telling me she doesn’t remorse the bodily assault on me,” Leviss stated within the doc***ent, “and would do it once more if she discovered that additional emotional misery was brought on to our mutual buddy.”

Sandoval and Madix have break up and two days in the past, he was photographed making a late-night go to to Leviss’ house.

How unhealthy is the fallout?

Tom Sandoval
Sandoval (above) co-owns two well-liked LA-area eating places with one other castmate, Tom Schwartz.
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Offended followers have been flooding the social media and Yelp pages of Sandoval’s bars.

Sandoval took to Instagram with a somewhat uncompelling apology asking indignant “Pump” viewers to keep in mind that his enterprise companions didn’t know, nor did they condone his actions.

“Please direct ur anger at me and never them,” he wrote including “sorry for every thing.”

Days later he lastly addressed Madix in one other apology saying, “Most of all, I need to apologize to Ariana. I made errors, I used to be egocentric, and made reckless selections that damage anyone I really like. Nobody deserves to really feel that ache so traumatically and publicly.”

Leviss launched a press release saying, “There is no such thing as a excuse. I’m not a sufferer, and I need to personal my actions, and I deeply remorse hurting Ariana.”

Madix has not publicly spoken concerning the affair. She and Sandoval have damaged up.

And why do folks care?

Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix
Sandoval and Madix had been a fan-favorite couple.
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Followers have been invested in Madix and Sandoval’s love story as a result of the pair have represented arguably probably the most secure relationship in “Vanderpump” historical past.

Moreover, the story and its revelations have unfolded in actual time like a live-action cleaning soap opera, the place followers get to weigh in.

As an alternative of asking for privateness, the forged and different concerned events have carried out the other.

They’ve leaned into the brouhaha — taking sides and commonly offering updates and opinions on podcasts and social media.

Raquel Leviss and Ariana Madix
Raquel Leviss and Ariana Madix

Leviss angered castmate Lala Kent, 32, after her lawyer despatched her a authorized letter requesting she and her castmates delete the sexually specific video of Leviss that they could have obtained.

“Raquel, inform your little Mickey Mouse lawyer that if he has stuff to ship over, he can ship issues to my lawyer, similar with the remainder of my mates and forged alright?” Kent, 32 stated in a since-deleted instagram video.

It’s primarily change into the Tremendous Bowl of actuality TV, current on a number of platforms.

You don’t should be a fan of the sport or know the foundations to get pleasure from. Simply crack open a bottle of pinot grigio — a favourite of the gals who’ve rallied round Madix — and pull up a seat.

What’s subsequent?

Kristen Doute
Onetime “Vanderpump” forged member Kristen Doute — booted for alleged racist habits — has been introduced again to weigh in on the drama.

It’s unclear if Sandoval and Leviss will embark on a correct relationship, however followers can be licking their chops over the Season 10 reunion, which is able to reportedly air in Might.

Whereas filming had not too long ago ended for season 10, producers picked up their cameras and began recording scenes round this storyline. They even introduced again the exiled Doute — one of many castmates booted for alleged racist habits — to be included on this newest chapter.

However Vanderpump, the present’s matriarch, cautioned followers to cease with the threats and anger, and to do not forget that whereas Scandoval could also be entertaining, it’s actual life with actual people.

“It’s a present,” she instructed Bravo boss Cohen. “However they’re all hurting. And I’m not saying we should always allow them to off the hook. Condem their actions however don’t condem the folks.

“All this aggression, it may well have critical ramifications.”

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