‘Vanderpump Rules’ Alum Claims Tom Sandoval Manipulated Raquel Leviss Into Sleeping With Him
‘Vanderpump Rules‘ Alum Claims Tom Sandoval Manipulated Raquel Leviss Into Sleeping With Him
Jax Taylor is weighing in on Tom Sandoval’s secret affair with Raquel Leviss, after the Vanderpump Rules star was caught cheating on his girlfriend of nearly a decade. Ariana Madix.
Jax Taylor spoke out about the situation in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, pointing to Tom Sandoval’s alleged past infidelities and labeling Raquel “easily controlled” and “easily manipulated.”
Jax shared that he was not surprised to learn of the bombshell affair.
“I don’t wanna say I predicted it, but I predicted it. I mean, I’m just not surprised,” Jax told the outlet Wednesday, in a joint interview with his wife, Brittany Cartwright. “He’s done this before and nobody believed me. It’s just not his first time.”
Brittany, who confirmed that she was surprised by the news, clarified that Jax was referring to drama that unfolded during Season 3, when Sandoval was accused of cheating on Ariana during the early stages of their relationship.
“Nobody was believing me,” Jax recalled. “I was the villain … Everybody could kind of slide through and get away with things [but] now you can’t hide behind me anymore, so now all the demons are coming to the surface.”
Brittany shared that she reached out to Scheana Shay and Lala Kent, after Sandoval and Leviss’ covert romance was exposed.
“I was like, ‘Is this true?’ And they just wrote back yes, like, all caps and then I was like, ‘Oh my god, how’s Ariana?’ Because, like, having to go through this so publicly is so mortifying,” Brittany said. “Having to live this publicly and being so embarrassed by it and, like, having to go through it, like, I just feel so bad for Ariana having to go through this so publicly.”
Brittany noted that while she had yet to visit Ariana, she had checked on her a couple of times, since news of the scandal broke.
The VPR alum said—“[I’m] just trying to be there for her as much as I can. I know that she hasn’t been alone for a second so that’s good.”
Jax pointed out that he was the only Pump Rules male to reach out to Ariana.
“I guess [Ariana] said with all the guys, I’m the only one that’s checked in with her, me out of all people. She was like, Jax Taylor’s the only guy who’s checked in, you know, who checked up on me,” he claimed.
The couple confirmed that they had yet to speak to Sandoval, dishing that the last time they crossed paths with their former co-star, he was with Raquel Leviss.
“Last time I saw [Sandoval] was at Labor Day, we were at an event in Orange County, which is a couple hours drive from our house, and he was there with Raquel, which kind of makes sense at the time,” Jax revealed. “I just didn’t think of it at the time and now looking back, it’s just kind of like, oh, I just didn’t I didn’t think about it.”
Jax opined that while Sandoval never had “control” over Ariana, his dynamic with Raquel Leviss was a different story.
“[Ariana]’s a very strong, independent woman and I feel like he couldn’t control her, and he can control Raquel very easily,” Jax explained. “She’s very easily manipulated, and you can control her like that just by looking at her … She’s easily controllable, you can just tell she’s very co-dependent. She’s the definition of co-dependency.”
Jax wrapped his thoughts with some pointed words of advice for Sandoval.
He said—“I think it’s gone to his head a little bit, the nine-person cover band and the little bar in a strip mall, like, that’s getting to his head a little bit and he’s gotta, like, come down to earth and realize what he’s done … Just humble yourself a little bit, and show some sympathy.”
Jax added — “[Ariana]’s put up with a lot. He’s not the easiest person to be around.”
Vanderpump Rules airs on Wednesdays, at 9 pm ET, on Bravo.
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