Making new connections The Vanderpump RulesCast offered a glimpse of Tom Schwartz Raquel Leviss‘ unexpected dynamic after the duo grew close while filming season 10.
Before cameras began rolling, Tom and Katie MaloneyAfter more than a decade, he and his wife announced their split. “Well this sucks,” he wrote via Instagram in March 2022. “I’m not the victim. I’m not going to write too sad of a song. Fully respect Katie’s decision and we’ve had healthy, productive conversations about it. It would be far sadder if she decided to stay with me whilst not happy.”
The Minnesota native admitted that it was hard to make the big life change. “How am I supposed to capture 12 years of love in a f–king canned Instagram caption. I’m not quite ready to use the ‘D’ word [because] it’s too painful,” he continued. “We had some of the most blissful, romantic, fun times humanly possible over the course of our relationship. I’m talking heaven on earth level joy. She taught me so much about love & being a better partner.”
Katie, for her part revealed that she pulled the plug on her marriage after Raquel called off their engagement. James Kennedy. “When they announced at the reunion that they had broken it up — it was a bit empowering because when you’re trying to figure out what to do and you see other people be strong and their convictions like that, you’re like, ‘All right, I can do it, I can do it,’” she exclusively told Us WeeklyApril
That same month, the former beauty pageant contestant joined Katie’s podcast to discuss her healing process.
“It was a processing thing. Like realizing, ‘Is this really the relationship for me?’ Coming to terms with it and taking the steps mentally to prepare to leave a relationship that is no longer serving you in ways that you need a relationship to be,” Raquel shared on an episode of the “You’re Gonna Love Me” podcast. “I think when you see other people leave relationships that aren’t for them anymore, it is inspiring. And I believe that if you feel that feeling deep down, then you should listen to your gut and follow it. Do what you need to know mentally to prepare, but also don’t string that person along if they are not the person for you.”
UseFour months later, it was confirmed that Raquel had gotten cozy with Tom. Scheana Shay Brock Davies’ wedding. “Apparently there was some heavy drinking involved. They made out,” an insider exclusively revealed to Use in August, adding that they heard “through the grapevine” that “more happened” between the costars.
James later weighed in on Raquel’s dating life, telling Use at BravoCon, “It was weird. But honestly, I’m living my life, and everyone gets to live theirs. Raquel was flirting with me, I suppose. Peter [Madrigal]. Like, she had her tongue down Peter’s throat during my See You Next Tuesday party [during]The first week [of filming].”
Raquel hinted at a shift of her friendship with Katie during the fan event. “[We are]It’s not the best of terms. I can’t speak for her, but I’m just keeping my distance and letting her work out her feelings,” she told Use.
Meanwhile, Lala KentFans were in for some surprises in season 10, it was teased. Use, “Well because I know the behind-the-scenes story that you guys will see, it is up there with Jax Taylor Kristen Doute‘s [hookup].”
Scroll down for candid comments by the Vanderpump RulesThe blossoming friendship between Leviss and Schwartz is a wonderful example of this: