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Vanderpump Rules: Tom Sandoval declares that he’s ‘still very much in love’ with Raquel Leviss and practicing sobriety in solidarity with her from afar

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Tom Sandoval declared that he was still ‘in love’ with Raquel Leviss despite feeling hate over the Scandoval affair on Tuesday’s episode of Vanderpump Rules.

The 40-year-old reality star after returning to the Valley Village home that he shares with Ariana, 38, opened up to his friend Jason about his feelings for Raquel, 29.

‘Since the scandal broke, I’ve lost a lot of long-term friends, so I’ve leaned into the ones that have stuck around, and Jason has definitely been one of them,’ Sandoval said in a confessional.

‘He is the manager of the band. He’s been very supportive, not only in L.A., but on the road, and it’s kept me from being in a really bad place,’ he added, referencing his cover band Tom Sandoval and The Most Extras.

‘Have you heard from Raquel?,’ asked Sandoval, who was back in Los Angeles after being in New Zealand where he competed on the Fox reality show Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test.

Tom Sandoval declared that he was still 'in love' with Raquel Leviss despite feeling hate over the Scandoval affair on Tuesday's episode of Vanderpump Rules

Tom Sandoval declared that he was still ‘in love’ with Raquel Leviss despite feeling hate over the Scandoval affair on Tuesday’s episode of Vanderpump Rules

‘I haven’t heard from her in a few weeks,’ Jason said.

‘I just miss her, you know? I just wanna see her, just give her a big hug,’ Sandoval said.

‘Like, everybody’s going through stuff, but this is something that you guys are kind of going through together, like, living in this world of, like, people hating on you,’ Jason said.

‘I’m still very much in love with Raquel. I’m hoping that we can give our relationship a real chance,’ Sandoval said in a confessional.

Sandoval later shared that Raquel was on his mind when he met up with his friend and business partner Tom Schwartz, 41, who was peeved with him after Scandoval hurt business at their bar Schwartz & Sandy’s.

Schwartz arrived ahead of Sandoval to The Belmont bar in West Hollywood and ordered him a non-alcoholic drink.

‘I don’t know if you’re drinking. I got you a non-alcoholic beer,’ Schwartz said.

‘No, I’m not drinking,’ Sandoval said.

The 40-year-old reality star later shared that Raquel was on his mind when he met up with his friend and business partner Tom Schwartz, 41

The 40-year-old reality star later shared that Raquel was on his mind when he met up with his friend and business partner Tom Schwartz, 41

'I just miss her, you know? I just wanna see her, just give her a big hug,' Sandoval said

‘I just miss her, you know? I just wanna see her, just give her a big hug,’ Sandoval said

'I'm still very much in love with Raquel. I'm hoping that we can give our relationship a real chance,' Sandoval said in a confessional

‘I’m still very much in love with Raquel. I’m hoping that we can give our relationship a real chance,’ Sandoval said in a confessional

Tom's band manager Jason was one of the few friends who still supported Sandoval

Tom’s band manager Jason was one of the few friends who still supported Sandoval

‘You’re not?,’ Schwartz asked.

‘Nope,’ Sandoval confirmed.

‘Sober Tom scares me a little bit,’ Schwartz quipped.

‘Although I think it’s great for your mental health and physical health, obviously,’ he added.

Sandoval in a confessional revealed there was a Raquel connection to his sobriety.

‘One of the catalysts for getting sober was because Raquel was going away to a facility, and I knew she couldn’t drink. The last thing I was gonna do is be, like, drinking and going out while she was there. I figured we could do it together when she got out,’ Sandoval told the camera.

Sandoval admitted to Schwartz that he cried while competing on Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test and said the military instructors ‘ran us so hard’.

‘It sounds awful, but honestly, I would have preferred it to just having to deal with s*** at the bar,’ Schwartz said.

‘I know there was collateral damage. I’m really sorry, Schwartz,’ Sandoval said.

Schwartz arrived ahead of Sandoval to The Belmont bar in West Hollywood and ordered him a non-alcoholic drink

Schwartz arrived ahead of Sandoval to The Belmont bar in West Hollywood and ordered him a non-alcoholic drink

'No, I'm not drinking,' Sandoval said

‘No, I’m not drinking,’ Sandoval said

'One of the catalysts for getting sober was because Raquel was going away to a facility, and I knew she couldn't drink. The last thing I was gonna do is be, like, drinking and going out while she was there. I figured we could do it together when she got out,' Sandoval told the camera

‘One of the catalysts for getting sober was because Raquel was going away to a facility, and I knew she couldn’t drink. The last thing I was gonna do is be, like, drinking and going out while she was there. I figured we could do it together when she got out,’ Sandoval told the camera

'I know there was collateral damage. I'm really sorry, Schwartz,' Sandoval said

‘I know there was collateral damage. I’m really sorry, Schwartz,’ Sandoval said

The season 11 episode titled The Ultimate Betrayal opened at Tom and Ariana’s home where they were living separate lives under the same roof.

Tom greeted his assistant Ann, who was serving as his go-between with Ariana since she was not on speaking terms with him.

‘How was New Zealand?,’ Ann asked.

‘Such a grueling experience. Probably, like, one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life,’ Sandoval said.

Tom in a confessional talked about life since his longtime girlfriend Ariana learned last March of his months-long affair with her good friend Raquel.

‘I just got back from filming a competition reality show. I found myself these past few months, like, on the receiving end of more hate than I have ever gotten in my entire life. I realized that I have to be able to handle those things that life is throwing at me, but also I wanted to punish myself, penance through pain,’ Sandoval told the camera.

Sandoval told Ann about his plans to hold a birthday party for himself at the house and said Ariana was ‘obviously invited’ if she wanted to come.

‘Um, I think she’ll be busy,’ Ann said.

Tom greeted his assistant Ann, who was serving as his go-between with Ariana since she was not on speaking terms with him

Tom greeted his assistant Ann, who was serving as his go-between with Ariana since she was not on speaking terms with him

'I just got back from filming a competition reality show. I found myself these past few months, like, on the receiving end of more hate than I have ever gotten in my entire life. I realized that I have to be able to handle those things that life is throwing at me, but also I wanted to punish myself, penance through pain,' Sandoval told the camera

‘I just got back from filming a competition reality show. I found myself these past few months, like, on the receiving end of more hate than I have ever gotten in my entire life. I realized that I have to be able to handle those things that life is throwing at me, but also I wanted to punish myself, penance through pain,’ Sandoval told the camera

Sandoval told Ann about his plans to hold a birthday party for himself at the house and said Ariana was 'obviously invited' if she wanted to come

Sandoval told Ann about his plans to hold a birthday party for himself at the house and said Ariana was ‘obviously invited’ if she wanted to come

'Um, I think she'll be busy,' Ann said before she texted Ariana about Sandoval's party plans

‘Um, I think she’ll be busy,’ Ann said before she texted Ariana about Sandoval’s party plans

Ariana while sharing a house with Sandoval communicated with him through Ann via texts

Ariana while sharing a house with Sandoval communicated with him through Ann via texts

Sandoval suggested getting her a nice hotel room and Ann said she could ask and started texting Ariana.

Ariana at first shut it down, but later relented after Sandoval said it would be over by midnight.

A producer asked them separately, ‘What is it like having to share a living space with your ex?’

‘F***ing stupid,’ Ariana said.

‘Awkward,’ Tom replied.

‘He has done some weird things, like open my mail and put my plates on my car. His most recent thing is that he got this white noise machine,’ Ariana said.

‘I got a white noise machine because when the scandal fever was at its peak, thinks I was saying were being overheard by Ariana and her friends,’ Sandoval said.

Ariana said it was really loud and wondered if it was some kind of ‘psychological warfare’.

'He has done some weird things, like open my mail and put my plates on my car. His most recent thing is that he got this white noise machine,' Ariana said

‘He has done some weird things, like open my mail and put my plates on my car. His most recent thing is that he got this white noise machine,’ Ariana said

Scheana Shay during the episode also dealt with her post-partum OCD condition that was making it hard for her to separate from her daughter Summer Moon

Scheana Shay during the episode also dealt with her post-partum OCD condition that was making it hard for her to separate from her daughter Summer Moon

Lisa Vanderpump attended the closing party for her Pump restaurant after 10 years and talked to Schwartz about his relationship with Sandoval

Lisa Vanderpump attended the closing party for her Pump restaurant after 10 years and talked to Schwartz about his relationship with Sandoval

Ally Lewber launched a new astrology business and gave a reading to Schwartz to help him find direction

Ally Lewber launched a new astrology business and gave a reading to Schwartz to help him find direction

James Kennedy, 32, was invited to Sandoval’s birthday party after bashing him at the season 10 reunion for having an affair with his former fiancée Raquel.

Sandoval welcomed him to the party and James noted that he didn’t recognize anyone there.

James was seeking an apology for the ‘ultimate betrayal’, but Sandoval instead brought how James dated his ex-girlfriend Kristen Doute.

‘You’ve got so much growing up to do still, Tom. It’s sad to me,’ James said.

‘So, you want me to take accountability, but you won’t?,’ Sandoval said.

‘It’s embarrassing, Tom. I’m not even going to entertain what you just said,’ James said as he left the party.

‘It’s very narcissistic for you to say. Thanks for stopping by,’ Sandoval said.

‘Tom wants to go ahead and bring up the past. You know, I’m looking for an apology for the now. Nothing makes it okay for him to have been lying to my face for six months, outcast me from the entire group, make me seem like I’m crazy, all because he was just getting his d*** wet!’ James said in a confessional.

James asked his girlfriend Ally Lewber, who had been waiting in the car, if it was illegal to urinate on someone’s yard bush.

Ally told him not to, but James urinated anyway on Tom’s bush.

‘Oh, my god,’ Ally said while pointing out that it was her friend Ariana’s bush, too.

Vanderpump Rules will return next week on Bravo.

The reality series first premiered on Bravo in January 2013 as a spin-off of The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills.

James was seeking an apology for the 'ultimate betrayal', but Sandoval instead brought how James dated his ex-girlfriend Kristen Doute

James was seeking an apology for the ‘ultimate betrayal’, but Sandoval instead brought how James dated his ex-girlfriend Kristen Doute

'You've got so much growing up to do still, Tom. It's sad to me,' James said

‘You’ve got so much growing up to do still, Tom. It’s sad to me,’ James said

'It's embarrassing, Tom. I'm not even going to entertain what you just said,' James said as he left the party

‘It’s embarrassing, Tom. I’m not even going to entertain what you just said,’ James said as he left the party

James asked his girlfriend Ally Lewber, who had been waiting in the car, if it was illegal to urinate on someone's yard bush

James asked his girlfriend Ally Lewber, who had been waiting in the car, if it was illegal to urinate on someone’s yard bush

Sandoval starred on the first season and Ariana joined the second season of the Bravo show.

James after being a recurring cast member on season three became a series regular on season four.

Raquel joined the show on season five at first in a guest capacity before becoming a series regular on season nine.

She declined to return for season 11 following the Scandoval affair.

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