March 9, 2023 | 9:17 a.m.
Ariana Madix is ”numb” after discovering the affair between Tom Sandoval and Raquel Leviss, according to her friend Kristen Doute.
The “Vanderpump Rules” alum admitted that Madix is ”not doing well” on Wednesday’s episode of his “Sex, Love, and What Else Matters” podcast.
“She’s sad,” Doute, 40, said. “She doesn’t want to hear about anything anymore.
“She’s like, ‘What does it do?
Doute likened the betrayal to “a death”, calling Sandoval and Leviss’ romance a “grave loss” for Madix.
Notably, Doute was with Madix at the Tom Sandoval & The Most Extras performance on March 1 when the singer’s alliance with Leviss, 28, was revealed.
“During Tom’s performance, his phone fell out of his pocket or something and someone – a mutual friend – picks up the phone, hands it to Ariana,” Doute recalled.
She said Madix followed her “hunch” to stare at her then-boyfriend’s phone despite their “trusting” dynamic.
“She went into his photos,” said Doute, who dated Sandoval from 2006 to 2014. “He had screen-recorded a FaceTime of him and Raquel masturbating together. It’s the truth.”
The former reality TV star went on to allege that Sandoval, 39, “didn’t apologize” to Madix, “gaslighting” her instead.
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Doute added that Sandoval’s best friend Tom Schwartz found out about the infidelity “a month ago” and wanted the couple to be clear before they “humiliate the hell out” of Madix.
“Too little, too late,” she says.
While Doute has “barely spoken” to Sandoval since the scandal broke, they crossed paths at the house Madix shares with the bartender.
‘Legally he’s allowed to be in this house,’ she said, alleging that when Sandoval was asked to give Madix ‘a few hours before coming’, he said she ‘can leave. if she’s not comfortable.”
Later in the episode, Doute addressed the alleged fight Scheana Shay had with Leviss over cheating — which led to the former pageant queen seeking a restraining order against her former friend.
Although Doute didn’t mention the bruised eye that Leviss photographed for court documents, she did claim that Shay threw Leviss’ “phone in the gutter.”
Since breaking the news on March 3, the Bravo show has resumed filming for season 10, with a source telling Page Six that Doute is in talks to return to the show.
“As someone who has dated Tom and formed a strong friendship with Ariana over the years, she has a singular perspective on the situation that producers care about,” an insider said.
The “majority of the cast” would be “in favor” of this decision.
The cast members are all gearing up for an explosive reunion, which Andy Cohen says will be filmed in “two and a half weeks.”
Currently, “nobody” on the show talks to Leviss, an insider told Page Six.