On Tuesday, Vanderpump Rules’ Tom Sandoval—otherwise known as the man whose deceitful dick pumped new life into the once-flaccid Bravo franchise—gave his first sit-down interview post #Scandoval to a game show host. For some reason, this decision—devoid of any real media savvy or strategy—arrived as something of a surprise to several publications, including Vanity Fair’s Savannah Walsh, who surmised Sandoval “isn’t very good at this.” I presume this is an attempt to maintain some semblance of respectability to which I respond: Duh. Anyone who engages with Bravo should know better.
To be clear, Sandoval doesn’t need to be adept at crafting and conserving a narrative. That’s not his job. He should, however, be good at making me feel better about the state of my own life. Thus, after his recent tell-all with Howie Mandel, he deserves a raise—in addition to a daily sucker punch, of course. That Sandoval chose to open up on the Deal or No Deal man’s podcast is perfect in and of itself—but the divulgences he brought out of the silver suitcase of his soul merit some unpacking.
Over the course of one hour and 19 minutes, Sandoval shared the following: His first kiss with mistress Rachel “Raquel” Leviss in August 2022 was “magnetic” and took place in the backyard of the home he still shares with his former partner of nine years and current castmate, Ariana Madix; despite their ugly split, he currently lives with Madix given he “doesn’t have a lot of friends” he can stay with at the moment; and finally, that he and Leviss are on “a break” right now.