After being called out for hypocrisy by fans who mentioned that her rendezvous with James took place while she was dating Randall Emmett and he was with Raquel Leviss, the Vanderpump Rules star set the record straight as she and her co-stars defended Ariana Madix following Tom Sandoval‘s public apology on Instagram.
“Since so many wanna point out James and I hooking up. Let’s not forget that reunion where R*quel said ‘We really started our relationship after I moved in with him,’” Lala noted on March 4. “And we now know R*ndall was indeed married at the time (& lied about it), and you can’t cheat on a married person — so as far as I’m concerned, James and I were two single people having a goooood time.”
“Enough with your noise. It’s starting to sound like S*ndovals band and it’s hurting my freshly pinned back ears,” she added.
As Pump Rules fans may recall, Lala and James hooked up in 2016 early on in their relationships with Randall and Raquel. And after Lala confirmed the news to castmate Katie Maloney on an episode of season 10 in February, Raquel called her out for judging her own, “hypothetical” hookup with Tom Schwartz.
“You’re such a hypocrite,” Raquel, who ultimately did hook up with Schwartz, said in a cast confessional.
“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,” Sandoval wrote on Instagram on March 4. “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. I’m so sorry that my partners, Greg, Brett, and Schwartz and our employees have to suffer for my actions. I will be taking a step back & taking a hiatus out of respect for my employees & partners,” he added.
Following the post, Lala and Katie reacted, shaming their castmate for failing to acknowledge the damage he did to his longtime girlfriend.
“S*ndoval. Shut up. Employees, abort mission,” Lala wrote in response. “Where’s Ariana’s apology in this? It’s called narcissism … [and] and it’s terrifying.”
“Where’s the mention of hurting Ariana?! No apologies to her?” Katie asked.
And in his own since-deleted post, James also wondered why Ariana, who was said to be “blindsided” by her boyfriend’s reported cheating, wasn’t mentioned.
“Where’s Ariana Madix mentioned? Make sure y’all unfollow this clown RIGHT NOW GO,” James demanded.
“WHILE [YOU’RE] AT IT UNFOLLOW [Raquel Leviss],” he added.
Vanderpump Rules season 10 airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on Bravo.