March 8, 2023 | 11:21 p.m.
Lisa Vanderpump believes Tom Schwartz knew his best friend and business partner Tom Sandoval was having an affair with their co-star Raquel Leviss.
“I think they’re so close he knew something, but we’ll find out,” the 62-year-old ‘Vanderpump Rules’ matriarch said during the highly anticipated episode of ‘Watch What Happens In live with Andy Cohen” on Wednesday.
Cohen also asked Vanderpump about a popular theory among fans that Schwartz, 40, knew about the affair Sandoval, 39, and Leviss – who has since been dubbed ‘Scandoval’ – and covered them up by making his story about hot kissing Leviss. Divorce from Katie Maloney.
“I think they’re so close, I mean I would have been less surprised if you said Schwartz and Sandy got together rather than Sandoval and Raquel,” Vanderpump joked as the crowd laughed. “I think he’s sitting on the fence so tight it’s in his ass…He’s trying to soothe it all and play both sides.”
Former cast member Stassi Schroeder also said she thought Schwartz and Leviss’ makeup sessions were just a ‘cover-up’ for the ‘full affair’ that was actually going on. behind Ariana Madix’s back.
“It sounds like something Sandoval would have imagined,” Schroder, 34, said on Wednesday’s episode of his “Straight Up With Stassi” podcast. “He would say, ‘That would be a great way to hedge.’ It’s a cover. And Raquel (was) like, ‘Yeah.’ “
Sandoval previously denied that Schwartz knew about it in his first of two shared apologies after fans began boycotting their new restaurant, Schwartz & Sandy’s.
“Schwartz only discovered this very recently and certainly did not condone my actions,” Sandoval said in a statement Saturday.
Schwartz did not directly address the matter, nor did he confirm or deny prior knowledge.
Sandoval and Leviss sent shockwaves to the Bravo verse after Page Six confirmed that Madix, 37, dumped her boyfriend of nearly a decade after seeing a sexually explicit video of Leviss on Sandoval’s phone Wednesday night last.
Sources tell us that Madix learned several other details after seeing the video, including that they had “communicated inappropriately” since “last summer” and that the two had “slept above the house of Tom and Ariana when Ariana was out of town.”
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“Ariana was blindsided by cheating,” another insider told Us at the time, adding that Madix had “no idea there were any issues” in her relationship and felt “betrayed” by her ex. friend.
Leviss apologized to Madix via Instagram on Wednesday and blamed the affair on her “addiction to being and feeling loved.”
Although Sandoval and Leviss share lengthy statements, neither has disclosed their current relationship status. An insider previously told us the two “kissed” on camera for upcoming episodes of “Scandoval,” but their relationship may have taken a serious hit since the affair broke.
“Tom hasn’t been able to find Raquel for several days,” a source told Page Six on Wednesday. “He asked mutual acquaintances if they had heard of her, but he was unlucky. He cannot contact her.
“Vanderpump Rules” airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.