VANDERPUMP Rules stars Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix have had a number of ups and downs through the years.
The couple called it quits on Friday, with sources claiming the bar owner was unfaithful to his longtime girlfriend with a co-star.
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TMZ broke the news, reporting that Tom, 39, cheated with fellow Bravo star Raquel Leviss.
An insider told The U.S. Sun exclusively that Ariana was “blindsided” by both the alleged affair and the 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 Tom’s 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.”
The insider alleged: “Bravo is filming and fans will see it play out this season.”
TMZ reported something similar, with sources saying that producers filmed with the exes at their home on Friday morning.
The pair reportedly came together to chat about the unexpected demise of their relationship.
Cameras allegedly rolled throughout the conversation, which was emotionally charged.
Producers reportedly believe that they can get the scenes edited in time to include them in season 10 of the show, which is currently airing.
This isn’t the first sign of strife in Tome and Airana’s relationship, however.
Here’s a look at their ups and downs through the years.
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Ariana and Tom first appeared on Vanderpump Rules as friends.
Tom had been in a tumultuous relationship with Kristen Doute from 2006 until 2014.
They split after Kristen cheated on him with co-star Jax Taylor, who was a close friend of Tom’s.
Prior to the breakup, there were rumors that Tom and Ariana were more than friends, with some co-stars claiming they hooked up in Las Vegas.
They denied those reports but made their romance official after he and Kristen called it quits.
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Kristen was vocal about her dislike of Tom and Ariana’s relationship at first.
She even went as far as bringing in a woman from Miami who claimed to have slept with Tom in Los Angeles, where he was living.
Jax corroborated the story but not everyone was buying it.
Tom was furious, telling Us Weekly in 2021 that he had some regrets about his handling of the situation.
He told the outlet at the time: “If I can just do anything over again, I just would have never even filmed with [Miami girl]. I just don’t think it’s really fair.
“Like, so I can, like, make up something about anybody and then end up on our show?”
He continued: “I wish I would have just never even engaged in that at all.”
After the dust settled, Tom, Ariana, and Kristen mended their relationship.
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Raquel joined Vanderpump Rules in 2016 during season five.
She was dating James Kennedy at the time.
Their relationship was rocky from the start, with co-stars accusing the British DJ of cheating early on.
Among the many women he allegedly cheated on her was co-star and friend Lala Kent.
In season 10, it finally came out that James and Lala did cheat while both new in their relationships.
Their relationship survived the struggles and James decided to get sober in 2019.
He celebrated one year of sobriety in 2020 and has since made the decision to drink again.
As filming began for season nine of Vanderpump Rules, James and Raquel announced that they were engaged.
Fans later watched as Tom helped orchestrate the over-the-top Coachella-themed engagement.
He even helped to pay for some of it.
Just two months after their engagement episode aired, James and Raquel called it quits.
In identical Instagram statements, the pair wrote: “After these 5 wonderful years we had together, we decided we have two different goals and made the decision to call off the engagement.
“We love each other very much, but we aren’t in love anymore. We want nothing but the best for each other so please keep any thoughts positive. Sending love.”
Ariana and Tom remained friends with Raquel and James both after the split.
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Tom and Ariana’s split came as a surprise to fans, though some had their suspicions in the hours before the news broke.
On a Vanderpump Rules message board, some fans of the show wondered whether the pair had called it quits.
The original poster shared a screengrab of what should have been Ariana’s Twitter page, revealing that it had been deleted.
They captioned the thread: “Did Ariana delete her Twitter?? I went to see if there were any other interesting likes or replies after grabbing those two earlier today and now the account is gone.”
Another commenter wrote: “She’s mentioned she gets affected majorly by everyone’s opinions. … She probably needed a break.”
A second commenter wrote: “Well her and Tom broke up. So I guess we know why she deactivated.”
A third commenter wrote: “There are rumors that Tom cheated with Raquel and they broke up. I hope it’s not true but deleting her social media makes it feel real. I’m so sad for her.”
A fourth fan commented: “If I were on the show, social media would drive me nuts. I’d delete my accounts, too.”
Sandoval’s Instagram is still active but the most recent photo of Airana appears to be from June 2022.
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