Tom Sandoval didn’t tell Ariana Madix about his shocking affair with Raquel Leviss due to concerns about her “mental health,” according to a hot new report.
Insiders tell Page Six that not only have Ariana and Sandoval filmed their first conversation since she discovered he was cheating with Raquel, but Tom is reportedly refusing to take accountability for stepping out on his partner of almost a decade.
“Ariana walked away from the conversation feeling like she was gaslit by Tom,” sources tell the gossip outlet about their filmed sit-down. “He gave her several excuses as to why he never copped to cheating.”
According to the insiders, “Tom said he didn’t tell her about the affair with Raquel because he was worried about how it would impact her mental health, even claiming that he was especially concerned after her grandma died last year.” (Madix’s grandmother passed away in September 2022.)
In addition to blaming his refusal to be an adult on Ariana’s mental health, Sandoval reportedly relied on the fact that the two own a home together as another reason to delay their eventual split. “The fact that they own a home together was also brought up,” explains another source, adding that Tom believed the house made their breakup “even more complicated.”
Ariana Madix dumps Tom Sandoval after finding out he was cheating with Vanderpump Rules co-star Raquel Leviss
Over the weekend, Sandoval addressed the cheating news for the first time, conveniently leaving Ariana out of his public statement.
“I fully understand and deserve [your] anger & disappointment towards me, but please leave Schwartz, my friends and family out of this situation…,” he posted to Instagram. “Schwartz specifically only found out about this very recently, and most definitely did not condone my actions. This was a very personal thing.”
He continued, “Also, Schwartz & Sandy’s might have my name on it, but also there are 3 other partners and 20 employees, who especially rely on the restaurant for income for them and their families. Just like TomTom, I’m a small part of a much bigger thing. Please direct your anger towards me and not them. They did nothing wrong. I’m so sorry that my partners Greg, Brett, and Schwartz and our employees have to suffer for my actions.”
Tom revealed that he will be stepping back from the business (but presumably will not stop filming Vanderpump Rules) as the backlash continues. “I will be taking a step back & taking a hiatus out of respect for my employees & partners,” he added. “I need some time to address everything else. Sorry for everything.”
Vanderpump Rules airs Wednesdays on Bravo.