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Months after Vanderpump Rules star Ariana Madix discovered her boyfriend of nine years, Tom Sandoval was having an affair with her best friend, Raquel Leviss, another Bravo reality star came forward with her own experience with the 28-year-old former beauty pageant contestant.
During a recent taping of the Giggly Squad podcast, Summer House star Paige DeSorbo claimed Leviss had eyes for her boyfriend, Craig Conover, well before she allegedly started hooking up with Sandoval. DeSorbo and Conover first went public with their relationship in October 2021.
According to DeSorbo, the whole thing went down at costar Hannah Berner’s wedding in May 2022, which Leviss attended with Shahs Of Sunset star Nema Vand, per one TikTok clip. “I literally survey the whole fucking room, I clock Craig at the bar, and I watch Raquel leave the dance floor and walk over to Craig,” DeSorbo said. “I’m standing there, and I turn to literally everyone around me, and I was like, ‘I don’t trust this bitch, I do not trust her,’ and everyone was like, ‘Oh my God, no, she’s so sweet, and she would never,’ and I fucking knew it.”
Though Paige DeSorbo didn’t reveal what Leviss said to Conover, it’s safe to assume the Summer House star believes the interaction was less-than-innocent.
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During the Vanderpump Rules reunion, which aired earlier this month, Leviss admitted to sleeping with Sandoval at Scheana Shay’s wedding in August 2022—the same weekend she shared her controversial kiss with Tom Schwartz. Furthermore, Leviss admitted to sleeping with Sandoval in Madix’s home while Madix was attending her grandmother’s funeral.
However, one of the most unexpected reveals was Leviss’ claim that she asked Sandoval to join his relationship with Madix as a third partner. “I even suggested, I was like, ‘What would Ariana think of having me as an addition?’” Leviss told a producer. “And he was like, ‘No, no, no, no, she would not be into that.’”
Following the taping of the reunion in April, Raquel Leviss checked into a mental health facility. “Raquel and her family decided months before the relationship was discovered that she needed mental health treatment and ultimately decided she would enter a voluntary facility for mental health counseling,” a rep said in a statement, per Page Six and Entertainment Tonight.
Shortly after the reunion aired, Ariana Madix was asked by paparazzi if she feels for Leviss “a little bit, even” following the intense backlash. Madix replied, “Sure, yeah.”
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