Raquel Leviss is breaking her silence on where she for the time being stands with her Vanderpump Guidelines costar, Tom Sandoval.
One week after their alleged months-long affair used to be made public, the Bravo celebrity, 28, is talking out to PEOPLE about the diagram of their relationship — and why she’s remaining centered on herself.
“Moreover the indefensible conditions surrounding our relationship, my emotions for Tom absorb continuously been steady and born out of a loving friendship,” she tells PEOPLE solely. “Sparkling how many of us we damage, I must always realize my choices and be taught to assemble better ones.”
“I must always expend care of my health, work on self shriek and expend time to be okay with being alone,” she continues. “I love Tom and I originate now not would favor to mark anything else or predict what lies forward. Factual now I must always heal.”
Closing week, Sandoval’s ex-female friend Ariana Madix found out that he had been cheating on her with Leviss after she found an intimate video and “putrid” messages between the 2 on his mobile phone while he used to be performing alongside with his band, Tom Sandoval & the Most Extras.
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The video in query used to be “a FaceTime call between Tom and Raquel. It had been observe-recorded by Tom. When Ariana found it on Tom’s mobile phone, she recorded it and sent [it] to herself,” a source suggested PEOPLE.
Leviss’ attorneys later sent a appropriate survey to Sandoval, Madix and her VPR costars to discontinuance the spread of the video. The attorneys claimed the video used to be recorded “illegally” and “without the permission” of Leviss. In the letter addressed to Sandoval, 40, it detailed him because the person that allegedly recorded it.
The actuality celebrity’s lawyers ordered that someone who has entry to the recording delete it from their phones, the cloud or “every other diagram or plan all over which the recording would possibly perhaps presumably well well also neutral exist.” In addition they demanded to be taught of “all people to whom you absorb got got forwarded this recording or who you would possibly perhaps presumably well also neutral absorb allowed to search for this recording.”
Ariana Madix, Tom Sandoval and Raquel Leviss.
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In the letter to Madix, lawyers famed that while they “appreciate the injure that this would presumably well well also neutral absorb triggered you,” it’s miles illegitimate to re-file the footage and would possibly perhaps presumably well well disclose her to “criminal and civil penalties.”
After Madix found out the recording, a source suggested PEOPLE that she used to be “utterly blindsided.”
“Right here is somebody she opinion she knew; somebody she planned to employ the relaxation of her lifestyles with. You cannot even attach into phrases that betrayal,” the source shared.
By Friday afternoon, sources confirmed to PEOPLE that the 2 were carried out. They had been in a monogamous relationship for nine years.
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The secret romance between Sandoval and Leviss has been going on “for upwards of 6 months,” an insider acknowledged — “the complete while, Tom used to be sound asleep subsequent to Ariana in bed.”
“Ariana had been there for Raquel when she went via her split with James [Kennedy]. She opinion they were pals,” a 2d source acknowledged. “That is now not surely something you cease to an good friend.”
Most lately, Leviss has been granted a non everlasting restraining disclose in opposition to VPR costar Scheana Shay. In the submitting, got by PEOPLE, Leviss claimed that she suffered accidents after an alleged altercation between her and Shay, 37, at spherical 1:30 a.m. remaining Thursday.
The Bravo celebrity alleged that she used to be pushed in opposition to a brick wall, which triggered an injury to the abet of her head sooner than Shay “punched me within the face inflicting injury to my left peep.” She described having “[a] unlit peep and decrease/scar to left eyebrow, blurred vision & swelling to left peep” following the assault.
Leviss also issued an apology to Madix earlier on Wednesday, telling Leisure Tonight that she used to be now not happy with her actions.
“There would possibly perhaps be no excuse, I am now not a sufferer and I must always discover my actions and I deeply feel sorry about hurting Ariana. I am reflecting on my choices, talking to a counselor and I am discovering out issues about myself equivalent to my patterns of codependency and addiction to being and feeling cherished,” she wrote in part. “I surely absorb sought emotional validation via intimate connections which can be now not wholesome without regard for my discover neatly-being, every so repeatedly negatively affecting others and repeatedly prioritizing the intimate connection over my friendships.”
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