VANDERPUMP Rules’ Tom Sandoval has ‘tried to break up’ with Ariana Madix in the past after they ‘stopped having sex,’ The U.S. Sun has exclusively learned.
Tom’s affair with Raquel Leviss, 28, was revealed to fans on Friday, two days after Ariana, 37, discovered an “intimate video” on her boyfriend’s phone.
GettyTom attempted to break things off with Ariana in the past, according to a source[/caption]
GettyAriana is ‘heartbroken’ after learning of Tom and Raquel’s affair[/caption]
Instagram/raquellevissRaquel has yet to speak out about the affair, but sent cease and desist letters to her castmates[/caption]
Now, The U.S. Sun has learned new details of Tom, 39, and Ariana’s relationship- which had been on a downward spiral months before they split after nine years together.
“They hadn’t been intimate in a while. There came a point where they stopped having sex,” a source claimed to The U.S. Sun.
“Tom and Ariana’s relationship wasn’t perfect.
“They were having issues these past few months.”
It’s been reported that Tom and Raquel’s secret hook-ups had been going on as far back as last summer.
The source also claimed that Tom “tried to break up with Ariana before,” but it never officially happened.
Page Six reported that the Tom Sandoval & The Most Extras frontman was “worried” about Ariana’s “mental health,” which is why he allegedly didn’t tell her about the affair sooner.
The U.S. Sun reached out to Bravo as well as Tom and Ariana’s rep for comment.
AFTERMATH OF THE AFFAIR
It has also been confirmed that Vanderpump Rules immediately returned to filming last week as soon as production learned of Tom’s cheating coming to light.
“Everyone will see how things unravel on the show,” a source shared.
The cast is currently filming, and Tom has been spotted at Raquel’s Los Angeles apartment Saturday night.
Although he and ex-Ariana are “still living together.”
They purchased their five bedroom, five-and-a-half bathroom Valley Village home in February 2019.
A source shared: “Tom isn’t moving out just yet. They’re figuring things out and who’s getting what.”
Ariana, for her part, was recently spotted at the former couple’s home, and appeared angry at paparazzi outside of her home.
“She’s very heartbroken and is leaning on her friends for support,” a source told The U.S. Sun.
Tom and Ariana began dating in 2014. After learning news of his affair, TMZ is reporting there’s no chance for reconciliation.
A source previously told The U.S. Sun: “Ariana was completely blindsided by the cheating news this week.
“She had no idea. Completely no idea.”
Another source added: “She’s always been supportive of Tom and his career, and did not expect any of this.”
RAQUEL’S FEUD WITH THE CAST
Raquel and co-star Scheana Shay were in New York City on Wednesday when Ariana found the “intimate video.”
According to an insider familiar with the situation, James Kennedy‘s ex and Brock Davies‘ wife “got into a fight” after their appearance on Watch What Happens Live.
The once-close friends are friends no more.
“Scheana wants nothing to do with Raquel anymore.
“Their friendship is over. She’s 100 percent standing by Ariana’s side,” a source told The U.S. Sun.
The source also shared that the two Bravo stars flew back to Los Angeles on Friday on “separate flights,” but the flights were pre-booked before the flight.
The rest of the cast has been voicing their support for Ariana on social media, including James and Lala Kent.
Former cast member Kristen Doute, as well as Katie Maloney and Scheana were spotted bringing flowers and wine to Ariana’s home on Friday.
Although Raquel has yet to be spotted in the public, behind the scenes, she’s fighting back.
TMZ reported her legal team sent a letter to anyone in possession of the “scathing video.”
Her team claimed that the video was “recorded without her permission,” and they warned of any distribution of the recording.
TOM SPEAKS OUT
Tom broke his silence in a statement posted on his Instagram over the weekend.
In his lengthy Instagram post, the VPR star asked fans to leave his “friends and family out of this situation.”
He wrote: “This is a very personal thing.”
Tom begged his followers to direct their “anger towards me” because he does not want others to “suffer for my actions.”
He further stated: “I will be taking a step back and taking a hiatus out of respect for my employees and partners.”
“I need some time to address everything else. Sorry for everything,” he concluded.
Fans and Bravolebrities were quick to re-post his statement and ask why he didn’t also apologize to Ariana.
GettyAriana and Raquel have hung out numerous times together with Tom Sandoval, and also Tom Schwartz pictured[/caption]
Instagram/ raquellevissTom and Raquel kept their romance a secret for months[/caption]
GettyAriana and Tom had been together for nine years before they split[/caption]