LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 13: Raquel Leviss attends CLD Pre-Coachella House on April 13, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for CLD PR)

Vanderpump Rules Star Raquel Leviss Said She Was “Dating” Herself Before Tom Sandoval Affair News Broke

There’s a comment that hasn’t aged well. Just before the news broke that Raquel Leviss and Tom Sandoval have been engaged in an affair since last summer, the former beauty pageant queen appeared on a recent episode of Page Six’s Virtual Reali-Tea podcast.

Page Six reported that all the while she was having a “full-on affair” with Sandoval, Raquel claimed to be “dating” herself during a “transformative” year. “[I’m] not opposed to dating, but I’m not on like, dating apps or anything,” Raquel clarified.

“I just, I don’t know, but I’m kind of like dating myself and I enjoy being single and I feel like being single has allowed me to really reflect on myself and spend quality time on myself,” Raquel added. “And I feel like that was much needed for me to grow into”

Raquel can be as single as she wants, but Vanderpump Rules fans won’t take kindly to hooking up with a partner who isn’t. She already got a lot of backlash for violating girl code and pursuing a newly divorced Tom Schwartz, a move which forced Raquel to work “through a lot.”

“This whole year has been so transformative for me and I feel like I worked through a lot of challenges, a lot of like mental blocks that have. Really like we’re constrained me my entire life, and I needed to overcome these challenges to step into the person that I am today,” Raquel said. “And I’m just really proud of how far I’ve come.” She concluded, “I’m truly finding out who I am as a person and stepping into my own.”

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Some societal constraints are valuable, such as keeping your legs closed to claimed men. According to a source, the extent of the cheating includes “communicating inappropriately for months.”

Delightful. Meanwhile, Ariana Madix is “heartbroken” and “blindsided by the cheating.” The news came out after Tom and his band performed on March 1, 2023. All the more hurtful was that Ariana was a good friend to Raquel after she ended her engagement with James Kennedy.

Ariana was there for Raquel,” a source told Page Six. Another revealed that Raquel and Sandoval “want to be together.” Inexplicably, then, the SUR server pursued Schwartz after beginning her affair with Sandoval.

Pump Rules co-stars made their distaste for the situation very clear, thanks to social media posts in real-time. Less than an hour after the news went public, James reposted a TMZ article to his Instagram. “Hope you feel as sick as I do,” he wrote. “This explains everything.”

Bravo will be filming the cast’s reactions. Needless to say, this news will drastically change the group dynamic.


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