Vanderpump Rules fans were ‘disgusted’ by Raquel Leviss ‘fake flirting’ with single co-star to ‘bait’ Tom Sandoval affair

VANDERPUMP Rules fans have accused Raquel Leviss of using Tom Schwartz as a distraction in her affair with Tom Sandoval.

During Wednesday’s episode, the former pageant queen and the Minnesota native were spotted flirting at a party celebrating Scheana Shay and Brock Davies.

Vanderpump Rules fans slammed Raquel Leviss and Tom Schwartz for'fake flirting'


Vanderpump Rules fans slammed Raquel Leviss and Tom Schwartz for ‘fake flirting’
Bravo viewers claim it was a cover for her affair with Tom Sandoval


Bravo viewers claim it was a cover for her affair with Tom SandovalCredit: Bravo/Youtube

On the show, viewers watched as SUR owner Lisa Vanderpump gathered much of the cast to celebrate the couple’s upcoming nuptials.

While others mingled, Tom Schwartz, 40, and Raquel, 28, snuck into a quiet spot to chat and flirt.

They were watching an intense game of table tennis as Katie Maloney’s ex-husband recalled the game which led to him tattooing Lisa’s initials.

“My ass looks great with LVP on,” he joked.

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Raquel coyly replied: “I’m sure it does.”

He then replied, “I’ll show you in Mexico,” referring to the upcoming trip south of the border for Scheana and Brock’s wedding.

The flirting didn’t stop there either.

Tom Sandoval – who has since been revealed to have had an affair with Raquel for several months – invited the cast to an after-party at his and Tom Schwartz’s bar, Schwartz and Sandy’s.

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During the gathering, Raquel asked Tom Schwartz to show her an art installation in the restaurant.

The recently divorced reality star likened the play to a “portal to another dimension” and got Raquel to watch it.

They then went to the men’s room together to check it out before Tom Schwartz offered to guard the door while Raquel used the toilet.


Viewers took to Twitter to remain unmoved by the flirtation, claiming it was all “fake”.

One viewer wrote, “Is this a bait situation because it feels so forced?”

Another tweeted: “Yeah it pisses me off how Raquel and Tom Schwartz are trying to flirt which is so wrong. I think he knew what was going on between her and Tom Sandoval.”

Other fans pointed out that when Raquel wasn’t flirting with one Tom, she was sitting next to the other.

One keen-eyed viewer wrote, “Without this scandal… should vpr be cancelled… in fact, cancel the rest of this boring ass season and just give us the reunion…”

Another Vanderpump Rules fan suggested: “Tom’s terrible fashion makes it impossible to find and [Raquel] in the background so easy. I thought it would be harder to find the Easter eggs.”


This wouldn’t be the first time fans have noticed hints of Raquel and Tom Sandoval’s relationship hiding in plain sight on episodes of Vanderpump Rules.

Although most of the season was filmed before news of the affair broke, viewers noticed several signs.

During last week’s episode of Vanderpump Rules, the embattled Bravo personality crashed into a cast boys night out after a failed girls’ day out with Katie and Lala Kent.

Raquel was shown breaking down the drama, accusing her former girlfriends of teasing her and “picking her up” only to smack her for enjoying being single, instigating affairs and kissing men while on the go were.

Tom and the rest of the male cast, including Katie’s ex-husband Tom Schwartz, sided with her, in what fans thought was significant.

Additionally, attentive viewers noticed Tom Sandoval once rolling his eyes when Raquel complained, “I was young and fun and single, living my life, and these girls literally tricked me and made me look like I was only chase guys they’re interested in.”

One Twitter user wrote, “Sandoval rolls his eyes at Lala’s comment about not trusting Raquel around men…BABYYYY.”

Later in the episode, Raquel met up with her ex-fiancé James Kennedy to have a chat about him abruptly leaving the earlier outing.

The DJ revealed his current girlfriend wasn’t comfortable when he was with Raquel, to which she replied: “Well we will be together on occasions where Ally probably won’t be around.

“I mean, I don’t know if she’s going to Tom Sandoval’s pool party later this week.”

James said he hadn’t heard from the party, to which Raquel replied, “Well, you’re invited. Tom Sandoval told me.”


Fans on Twitter were stunned by the comment, with several suggesting it was the biggest indication yet that the affair was underway.

One viewer wrote: “Ummmm…. Tom Sandoval told Raquel that she could invite James to his and Ariana’s pool party?!?!?!?! that screams [red] flags.”

Another tweeted: “Raquel, who invites James Kennedy to Tom and Ariana’s pool party on behalf of Tom, told it.”

A third Twitter user wrote: “RAQUEL invited JAMES to TOM’s pool party. The signs. The red flags. OMG. Everything is fine there! And isn’t that also ARIANA’s pool party? .”

Another chimed in, “‘Sandoval told me,’ oh okay.”

Another tweet read, “So Raquel says ‘Tom Sandoval’s party’ instead of ‘Tom and Ariana’s party’.”

A sixth tweet read, “Not Raquel says pool party at Tom Sandoval’s instead of ARIANA’S.”

As the pool party got underway, fans thought the clues kept pouring in.

Raquel took on Lala and Katie while Ariana – who was not involved in the drama at the time – and the rest of the cast looked on.

However, Tom Sandoval kept interfering in the argument and defending Raquel.

He accused Lala of being “a bully” towards Raquel and fans took note of his support.

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The reality star said at the time: “Are you going to quit? I can’t take my eyes off the fucking bully you were to her for no reason. For no reason!”

“Watching Tom fuel Raquel it all makes sense how that happened. She’s sooooooo desperate,” one fan wrote.

The pair teased a connection throughout the season


The pair teased a connection throughout the seasonPhoto credit: Bravo
Raquel has lost the support of many viewers after her relationship with Sandoval became public


Raquel has lost the support of many viewers after her relationship with Sandoval became publicPhoto credit: Bravo
It was reported that the duo was secretly dating for several months


It was reported that the duo was secretly dating for several monthsCredit: Instagram/raquelleviss Vanderpump Rules fans were ‘disgusted’ by Raquel Leviss ‘fake flirting’ with single co-star to ‘bait’ Tom Sandoval affair


CELINE CASTRONUOVO is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. CELINE CASTRONUOVO joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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