VANDERPUMP Rules star Raquel Leviss has broken her silence on her affair with Tom Sandoval and her friendship with Ariana Madix.
The bar owner had been in a decade-long relationship with Bravo co-star Ariana, 37, until his cheating became public.
TMZ caught up with Raquel, 28, outside of a California nail salon to talk about the recent scandal rocking the Vanderpump Rules cast.
Just a few weeks prior to the interview, fans learned that the former SUR staffer and Tom, 39, had been having a lengthy secret affair.
Raquel declined to share too many details about the relationship, including when it started but did say that she apologized to Ariana, whom she had been friends with until recently.
She told the outlet that while she said I’m sorry, it didn’t go well: “We talked on the phone and I apologized to her over text but she didn’t receive it very well.”
The reality star also opened up about the status of her relationship with the TomTom part-owner, saying: “I don’t know where our relationship is gonna be. We’re just kind of trying to get through these next few steps and trying to you know make amends, hear everybody out.”
She added: “I know a lot of people are angry. I think just getting through these next few steps and seeing where it goes. We’re not putting a label on it. We’re just kind of trying to take a break right now.”
While Raquel wouldn’t say when her affair with Tom started, she did share some details.
“It started off as the friendship and turned into something more,” she explained.
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The Bravo star added that she was “sure we’ll go into detail” at the reunion, which is set to film on Thursday.
In addition to discussing Tom and Ariana, Raquel addressed rumors that co-star Scheana Shay hit her.
She recently sought a restraining order against her fellow VPR cast member and was awarded it.
The drama began after it was reported that Scheana and Raquel were involved in a physical altercation while in New York together to appear on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.
Scheana’s team has denied allegations that she hit Raquel, while Raquel told TMZ: “Scheana knows what happened that night so I’m not gonna get into it. I do have a permanent scar on my eyebrow, so…”
While fans have not seen the fallout from Raquel and Tom’s affair on VPR yet, they will soon.
Shortly after the news broke it was reported that Bravo had resumed filming in an effort to put together footage to add to the current season.
A trailer has since been revealed and it is explosive.
In the sneak peek at the second half of season 10, released on Monday, the cast shared their thoughts about the bombshell news.
Fans also got a look at Ariana and Tom hashing it out.
At one point in the trailer, the exes came together at the Los Angeles home they shared to say what they needed to, and Ariana did not hold back.
The scene showed Tom telling his ex Ariana: “I wish we both would’ve tried harder.”
Ariana did not appear interested in what he was saying, sitting across the room from him with her arms crossed.
“You don’t deserve one f**king tear of mine,” she replied.
Her emotions came out eventually, as later in the clip, it flashed to her screaming during their sit-down.
Though fans didn’t get any more details on their conversation in the video, the end of the trailer was equally telling.
One scene showed Tom digging through their kitchen cabinets, turning around to ask Ariana if she wanted anything.
Clearly still upset, she looked at him and responded: “For you to die.”
TMZ was the first to break the news about Tom and Raquel’s affair.
Shortly after the news became public, an insider told The U.S. Sun exclusively that Ariana was “blindsided” by the scandal and the subsequent split.
“Ariana was completely blindsided by the cheating news this week. She had no idea. Completely no idea,” the source said.
“No one in the friend group knew. Raquel has been hanging out with the Toms more but everyone just thought she was hooking up with [Tom] Schwartz.”
The insider went on to say: “No one suspected she was with Sandoval. Ariana found out from a friend during Tom’s show on Wednesday night while Raquel was in New York.
“She immediately confronted Tom and made it clear she wouldn’t tolerate that and made the decision they were done almost immediately.”
According to the source: “Ariana is devastated and in a total state of shock. Tom is arrogant and still thinks she’ll come back to him.”
The same source revealed: “Ariana saw inappropriate messages from Raquel on Tom’s phone that night and that’s what tipped her off. Ariana’s friend got involved and confronted Tom and the rest played itself out.
“Bravo is filming and fans will see it play out this season.”
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