The theory has gained momentum within the Vanderpump Rules group. It started with alum Stassi Schroeder. In March, she planted the idea that Tom Schwartz was used as a “cover-up” for Raquel Leviss’ and Tom Sandoval’s affair.
It seems plausible. And the hypothesis took root. Both current and past cast members have been quoted saying that Raquel and Sandoval used his best friend for cover. The specific wording changes of course. Lala Kent called Schwartz a “decoy.” While Kristen Doute thinks he knew a lot more than he let on.
Alum power couple Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright are the latest to jump on this bandwagon. The couple is filming for Peacock’s “Watch With” special. And Us Weekly documented their reaction to the latest episode of Vanderpump Rules. Raquel’s duplicity on the April 19, 2023 segment shocked the couple.
“This whole time she’s just putting on a show to make it look like there’s nothing going on between her and [Tom] Sandoval,” Jax said “Going on a date with Oliver [Saunders], kissing [Tom] Schwartz, this is all a facade. This is all for show. She should really consider acting.”
For her part, the Kentucky native said the August 2022 occurrences were “blowing” her mind knowing that Sandoval and Raquel had started their affair at this time. “I didn’t think she had it in her. I thought she was a nice, sweet girl,” Brittany explained.
On the latest Vanderpump Rules episode, Raquel is still feigning interest in Sandoval’s bestie. All the while, she had her bottom smacked on camera by the Sandoval & The Most Extras front man.
“Oh God, with this sad story of Schwartz showing interest. Like, I’m over this already. Just say, ‘Listen, Sandoval made me do this because we’re hooking up.’ Ugh,” Jax reacted.
The former SUR bartender took offense to his former boss. Lisa Vanderpump told Schwartz to “take responsibility” while discussing the hook-up. Jax reacted to that scene harshly.
He said, “[Sandoval is] the one that put him up to that! I’m sorry, that’s the truth,” he said. “That’s what happened. I’ve never been wrong about anything that’s happened on this show.”
Meanwhile, Sandoval and Raquel had also kissed. They started their illicit affair before the VPR gang went to Mexico for Scheana Shay’s wedding. But not everyone was unsuspecting. During the recent episode, James Kennedy’s new girlfriend, Ally Lewber, had questions.
Ally saw Sandoval and Raquel dancing together into the wee hours at The Abbey. Indeed, the illicit duo continued to spend time together after Mexico. And it was something their co-star started to notice. But Scheana claimed their “incestual” group dynamic helped them fly under the radar.
“That is insane that they are going to The Abbey where we all hang out. It’s so close to all of Lisa’s restaurants in West Hollywood and they’re dancing at 1 a.m. thinking no one is going to notice, ‘Hey there’s Tom Sandoval and Raquel from Vanderpump Rules ’ … This is in our territory,” Brittany said.
Jax then acknowledged his track record as a cheater. In one instance, even cheating on Brittany shortly before their 2019 wedding. “There’s some dumb moves [that] I’ve done, but this dumb,” he said.
During the recent VPR episode, Raquel outdid herself by going on a date with Oliver Saunders. She had previously made out with Garcelle Beauvais’ eldest son, who works at Lisa’s restaurant in Las Vegas.
Brittany and Jax quipped, “Don’t worry, the decoy is set,” referring to their suggestion that Raquel called Sandoval after her “date” with Oliver.
Though both cheating parties have apologized to Ariana Madix, the public is not budging in their poor opinion of them. Raquel took it a step further by checking into a mental health facility recently. Tone-deaf Sandoval, meanwhile, went on Howie Mandel’s podcast to try and sway the narrative. He even admitted that he and Raquel are on a “break.”
The public didn’t buy it. Bravo executives didn’t appreciate the interview, either.
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