Tom Sandoval is breaking his silence and issuing a public apology following the shocking bombshell news of his reported 6-months long affair with his Vanderpump Rules co-star Raquel Leviss.
Following numerous reports that Tom had cheated on his partner of 9 years, Ariana Madix, Tom has been on the receiving end of major backlash from both Pump Rules costars and fans of the show.
In fact, some fans bombarded the comments section of the Schwartz and Sandy’s bar’s Instagram page with comments suggesting a boycott.
“If you support women and have a moral compass, go somewhere else. Boycott this place,” wrote one person.
“Justice for Ariana,” commented another fan.
This might explain what prompted a public statement and apology from Sandoval tonight as he vowed to take some time off, and insisted his best friend and business partner, Tom Schwartz, was not aware of the affair until recently.
“Hey, I fully understand and deserve ur anger & disappointment towards me, but please leave Schwartz, my friends, and family out of this situation … Schwartz specifically only found out about this very recently and most definitely did not condone my actions. This was a very personal thing,” wrote Sandoval in a March 4 post on his Instagram page.
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 ur anger towards me and not them. They did nothing wrong.”
Sandoval then went on to issue apologies to his business partners and employees, as he also vowed to take a hiatus.
“Im so sorry that my partners, Greg, Brett, and Schwartz, and our employees have to suffer for my actions,” he stated. “I will be taking a step back & taking a hiatus out of respect for my employees & partners. I need some time to address everything else. Sorry for everything.”
Meanwhile, the evidence of the reported affair between Raquel and Sandoval continues to pile up, with fans taking notice of the duo both sporting the same lightning bolt necklaces amid claims it was a signal of their alleged love for each other.
As reported by Page Six yesterday, Raquel and Sandoval reportedly want to be together now that their relationship has been exposed.
As for Ariana, she is said to be both “devastated” and “blindsided” by the news, and only became aware this week after she found a video of a sexual nature that Raquel had sent to Sandoval.
Vanderpump Rules producers have picked up filming again amid this major drama, and all of this will play out on this season of the show.
Vanderpump Rules season 10 airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on Bravo.