Raquel Leviss has reportedly returned to her birth name, “Rachel.”
As the Vanderpump Rules cast continues to film the upcoming 11th season of the Bravo reality series, Raquel is said to be combating hate by embracing the name her critics used against her while negotiating her apparently impending return to the show.
Although a report last week claimed Raquel is “playing hardball” with Bravo in an effort to increase her salary for the new episodes, her rep confirmed to TMZ that she’s actually contractually obligated to season 11.
“She has been under contract … She is just renegotiating possible terms,” her rep explained.
According to the report, Bravo has a legal right to lock Raquel in for the new season at the rate she previously agreed to. However, that doesn’t mean she can’t try and get more money for participating.
That said, Raquel’s current status is further complicated by the fact that she is newly out of treatment. As Pump Rules fans may know, Raquel left The Meadows in Arizona last week after a two-month stay that cost her a reported $200,000. So, when it comes to season 11, she could likely get out of her contract if a doctor agreed it could be detrimental to her mental health.
In other news, sources have informed TMZ that Raquel is now going by her birth name, “Rachel,” after becoming upset by the way in which her haters were using it against her earlier this year after the reveal of her months-long affair with Tom Sandoval.
Although Raquel has been called “Raquel” by her friends and family since she was young, the name “Rachel” was used as a weapon against her by viewers of the show and a number of her castmates, including Scheana Shay, who she filed a restraining order against. But after undergoing months of intense therapy, she’s decided to reclaim it, feeling that if she takes it back as her own, it will neutralize the negative connotation it’s had in recent months.
Vanderpump Rules season 11 is expected to begin airing on Bravo sometime later this year or early next year.
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