Lala Kent felt something was happening between Raquel Leviss and Tom Sandoval for a long time!
Speaking with TMZ at LAX on Tuesday, the 32-year-old reality star shared that while the affair news shocked fans, she had her own suspicions about her co-stars’ close relationship all the way back in the summer of 2022. She told the outlet:
“I was suspecting it kind of for a long time. Since the summer, something felt off.”
Between the matching lightning bolt necklaces and her constantly appearing at his concerts, the signs of the affair were right in front of everyone’s faces, and we just happened to miss it (until now). But clearly, Lala had an inkling something was going on! Innerestingly enough, the mid-season trailer for Vanderpump Rules even showed her confronting Sandoval about a night out with Raquel at The Abbey in West Hollywood in August 2022. She said:
“She saw the both of you at The Abbey together.”
As for who that “she” was? As we previously reported, it turned out that James Kennedy’s girlfriend Ally Lewber was “the first to call” the two out for their relationship after she saw them getting cozy together at the club:
“James’ girlfriend, Ally, saw Tom and Raquel at The Abbey dancing alone together and thought it was weird. When they realized they’d been spotted looking cozy, Tom and Raquel appeared to act a little strange like they were caught doing something bad.”
Was that the moment when the momma of one started questioning the what was going on between Sandoval and Raquel?! When asked by TMZ if the 40-year-old business owner’s former girlfriend Ariana Madix was “shocked” by the cheating scandal, Lala insisted that the 37-year-old “didn’t know” about it and “was devastated,” adding:
“Everyone was devastated. I think it was just me and Katie [who had suspicions].”
Yet again, we ask, did either of them voice this to Ariana?! Because if you asked Sandoval, he feels Ariana knew about the affair with Raquel – but chose to ignore it. He shared on the Howie Mandel Does Stuff podcast this week:
“She had heard things and seen things about Raquel but was very much turning a blind eye or just trusting me, I guess.”
Hmm… Is he really blaming Ariana for trusting him? For believing that he would not have cheated on her with their close friend and Vanderpump Rules co-star? Seriously?
The Tom Sandoval & the Most Extras frontman then repeatedly claimed that the former couple had become “distant” toward the end of their relationship, saying:
“I was seeing Raquel as often as I could – which I know that sounds horrible – and FaceTiming her all the time and, like, Ariana didn’t even notice because that’s just how separate our lives were. I had to actually tell her, ‘Have you not noticed how distant I’ve been lately?’ And she’s like, ‘Oh, you have?’ She didn’t even notice because that’s just how our relationship was. We had separate lives.”
It sounds like a lot of excuses, instead of Sandoval owning up to his mistakes. Just saying! Reactions to Lala’s confession, Perezcious readers? Let us know in the comments below.
[Image via Raquel Leviss/Instagram, Bravo/YouTube]