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Rachel Leviss Says She & Ariana Madix Are BOTH The Victims Of Tom Sandoval

Rachel Leviss Ariana Madix Both Victims Tom Sandoval

Wow, Rachel Leviss has gotten close enough to look accountability in the eye… and run the other way!

During this week’s episode of her Rachel Goes Rogue podcast, the reality star formerly known as Raquel answered some fan questions — and ended up leaning hard into the narrative that she and Ariana Madix are both the victims of an evil mastermind of a man. At least, that was kind of our read!

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She’s said for months Tom Sandoval talked to her (and also to bestie Tom Schwartz) about telling a version of the cheating story that didn’t look quite so bad during the Vanderpump Rules Season 10 reunion. So how did he coach her into “sticking to the story” he’d concocted? Easy — by being her only lifeline:

“[Sandoval] asked me to lie when he knew that I wasn’t a good liar and I expressed to him that I don’t like lying. He put me in a really bad position with my friendships, and this placement of being on this international reality TV show… my reputation was on the line.”

She wasn’t a good liar, but again — she did keep a full-on relationship with him secret from her so-called friend Ariana’s back for seven months. That means successfully lying for a year to the girlfriend (who was also her friend), to viewers of the season, AND to the show’s producers and crew, who were apparently clueless.

But she wasn’t doing anything wrong because he was pulling the strings their entire relationship!

The 29-year-old explained how she first realized how she’d been the one manipulated the whole time — just like Ariana — during a session with her therapist. She explained how she was feeling guilty about betraying Sandoval during her VPR interviews:

“And my therapist was like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa — but didn’t Tom betray you first?'”

By… cheating on her with his girlfriend? No, she’s saying she now feels he manipulated her all along by seducing her when she was still vulnerable after her breakup with James Kennedy. She explained:

[Image via Peacock/YouTube/Tom Sandoval/Instagram.]

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Jan 26, 2024 18:16pm PDT