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Peter Madrigal ‘dismissed’ signs of Tom Sandoval, Raquel affair


For “Vanderpump Rules” star Peter Madrigal, hindsight is 20/20.

Madrigal — who went on a few dates with co-star Raquel Leviss around the start of her secret romance with Tom Sandoval — admitted he overlooked signs that the two were hooking up behind Sandoval’s girlfriend Ariana Madix’s back.

“I kind of dismissed it,” the SUR general manager, 38, explained in Monday’s episode of the “Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef” podcast.

Madrigal said he “saw some things” but thought to himself, “‘Sandoval is loyal to Ariana. He would never do something like that.’”

The Bravolebrity noted that he did not want to “get into details about what [he] saw” between Leviss, who waits tables at SUR, and Sandoval, whom he considered to be a close friend.

Peter Madrigal posing for a picture
“Vanderpump Rules” star Peter Madrigal recalls seeing “some things” between Tom Sandoval and Raquel Leviss amid their affair.
Tom Sandoval and Raquel Leviss at Coachella
“I kind of dismissed it,” Madrigal admitted of the signs.
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Madrigal called the duo’s months-long affair “a shocker,” mostly because he “thought [he] knew Sandoval.”

The restaurateur repeatedly expressed how “disappointed” he is in his former pal, adding of Leviss, “I thought she was a good person, but then again, I hardly knew her.”

Madrigal also wondered whether the former beauty pageant queen, 28, had agreed to go out with him those handfuls of times as a “ploy” or “distraction” for her dalliance with Sandoval, 40, which Page Six reported “began last summer.”

Tom Sandoval kissing Ariana Madix at the "Vanderpump Rules" Season 10 premiere party
Madrigal thought to himself, “‘Sandoval is loyal to Ariana [Madix]. He would never do something like that.’”
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Though he started to develop genuine feelings for her, Madrigal recalled noticing “a separation” while pursuing Leviss, saying things “got weird.”

“I think in the back of my mind, there was something else going on, which is now confirmed,” he shared. “She was already picking her next target.”

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During the March 1 episode of “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” Leviss described Madrigal as a “starting pony” for getting back into the dating game after calling off her engagement to co-star James Kennedy in December 2021.

Who the hell are you to call me a starter pony?” Madrigal fired back in his chat with Yontef. “Like, OK, all right, cool, awesome. Well, you’re a home-wrecker.”

Tom Sandoval posing in front of a bar setup
The SUR general manager repeatedly expressed how “disappointed” he is in Sandoval.

He also issued her a stark warning: “Raquel, watch out because, in nine years, [Sandoval’s] probably gonna leave you for someone else.”

Despite his strong feelings toward the secret lovers, the reality star does have some sympathy for Sandoval’s best friend-turned-business partner, Tom Schwartz — even though many believe he had knowledge of the pair’s illicit romance.

“I’d hate to be in his position right now,” Madrigal said. “I love Schwartz, and I’d hate to be in his shoes right now.”

Raquel Leviss posing for a selfie
“I thought she was a good person,” Madrigal said of Leviss.

Madix, 37, dumped the Tom Sandoval & The Most Extras frontman on March 1 after discovering a sexually explicit video of Leviss on his phone.

Bravo has since begun filming again, with sources telling us the drama will play out at the end of the show’s currently airing 10th season.

“Vanderpump Rules” airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.


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