Rachel Leviss Claps Back at Claims on Vanderpump Rules Episode as She Addresses Ariana Friendship, Denying She Was in Love With Sandoval and Claims Against James Over Dog Graham, Plus Fans React

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Vanderpump Rules' Rachel 'Raquel' Leviss Attempts to Defend Herself With Old Podcast Excerpts After Downplaying Ariana Friendship and Denying She Was in Love With Sandoval as Fans Suspect She's Been "Hacked"

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Rachel “Raquel” Leviss took to her Instagram page on Tuesday night to fire back at a series of claims that were made against her on the latest episode of Vanderpump Rules.

After Scheana Shay, 38, and Lala Kent, 33, reacted to her suggestion that she and Ariana Madix, 38, were never that close, and Ally Lewber, 29, suggested she lied about being in love with Tom Sandoval, 41, and targeted her dog-related claims about James Kennedy, 32, Raquel posted clips from her August 2023 interview with Bethenny Frankel, 53.

“Claim: She said they were acquaintances at best,” read the caption of one of Raquel’s posts on April 16.

As the clip saw Scheana, Lala, and Ariana discussing Ariana’s friendship with Raquel, Raquel edited the snippet by adding an excerpt from her podcast interview.

“Ariana and I were not best friends. We were acquaintances who became friends through the show,” she said months ago, alleging they never had one-on-one hangouts.

“I wasn’t hanging out with Ariana off-camera to begin with, [but] I did start hanging out with her in a group setting because Tom would always invite me out,” she explained. “It did seem like we were close friends from the outside looking in but in those situations, I was hanging out with Tom more than I was hanging out with her.”

Raquel also said she “really did believe” that Ariana and Sandoval were her friends before seemingly contradicting herself, adding, “We never had a deep conversation that I would have with a best friend.”


After posting the clip, many of Raquel’s fans and followers wondered if she’d been hacked and suggested her interview clips made her look worse, not better.

“Is the goal of this to make you look better ??? Cuz it don’t,” one person stated.

“Girlllll get yourself a PR team or fire the one you have,” advised another.

“Doesn’t this make you look bad?” asked a third.

With a second clip on her Instagram page, Raquel shared the caption, “Claim: she said she was never in love with Tom.”

And in response, she was seen telling Bethenny, “I believed I was in love with Tom at the time. I now look back on it and see I was not in love with him … I also don’t believe that he truly was in love with me either.”


Again, fans were left confused.

“What’s this supposed to prove,” one wondered.

A third clip featured the claim about her blaming James for Graham (now known as Hippie) being a biter.

“He doesn’t have dog experience and he’s part of the reason why Graham is a biter,” Raquel had shared with Bethenny. “James would encourage Graham to bite his hands hard and he liked that sensation so of course that trained Graham to be a biter.”


Again, Raquel’s fans and followers were not getting her point.

“I’m so confused why you are posting all these ‘claims.’ You are proving that their claims were correct…. I’m so lost,” someone stated.

Vanderpump Rules season 11 airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on Bravo.