The last moments of the Vanderpump Rules reunion were absolutely s-h-o-c-k-i-n-g due to Raquel Leviss sitting down with a producer and coming clean about the extent of her affair with Tom Sandoval. Not only did Raquel reveal that she and Tom had slept together multiple times in Mexico, she said they hooked up while Ariana Madix was out of town for her grandmother’s funeral.
Watching the footage, it was pretty clear that Raquel wanted to finally tell the truth—despite Tom Sandoval encouraging her not to—and Vanderpump Rules EP Alex Baskin told the Hollywood Reporter how the reveal went down.
“She started talking to the interviewer, our showrunner Jeremiah Smith, and clearly, this was weighing really heavily on her,” he explained. “This was something that she wanted to get off her chest. Something she had to purge. That’s how it all naturally happened, and you see their conversation play out.”
Ultimately, the truth came out when Smith asked her pointed questions: “I think the extent of which she talked about it was a function of her comfort with production and production being so versed in the set of events that happened that they continued to ask her pointed questions that caused her to just completely reveal everything she had been living with.”
Baskin also confirmed that Raquel left the interview not knowing how Tom Sandoval would react:
“I don’t think she knew where that was headed. I think she did this for herself and felt like she had to do it. And it’s kind of heartbreaking. She says she knew that, obviously, he was going to be really upset, and she said he is kind of all that she had at that point. But I don’t think she felt she had a choice, so her feeling was that she had to get it off her chest, and if that ended up costing her what was going on between them, this was still something she had to do. She just had to unburden herself.”
Tom hasn’t publicly reacted to Raquel’s confession yet, and it’s unclear if they’re still in touch.
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