Taking the good with the bad. Tom Schwartz got real about his darkest times that followed Katie Maloney split – and where he stands now.
“At this moment now? I feel fantastic,” the 39-year-old Vanderpump rules star told exclusively Us Weekly on Saturday, October 15, while attending BravoCon 2022. “But, you know, coming out of [the breakup], I was a hot mess. It really was me.”
Schwartz, who announced his divorce from Maloney, 35, in March, revealed that he was “a little self-indulgent” at times while processing the divorce.
“I kind of wallowed in my new little bachelorette block and I didn’t unpack for three months,” Schwartz said. U.S, and noted that the heartbreak wasn’t all bad. “I think I’ve been able to appreciate it as a life experience, if that makes sense. It’s not a good feeling, but it was a strong feeling. And one that hopefully I won’t experience again, but still feel. I felt very alive .”
The TomTom co-founder joked, “I should have written some songs or something. Maybe some poems.”
Tom Sandoval remembered how “hard” it was to see his best friend go through the ups and downs of the broken marriage. “That was a tough year for you dude,” the 39-year-old told TV personality U.S on Saturday.
Schwartz agreed, adding: “The timing was just really tough. When it rains, the streams flow.” He noted that his father “nearly died” and his brother developed cancer while he and Maloney were trying to sell their house after their split, and the Florida State University alumnus was looking for a new place to live.
“It’s been a very interesting year,” he said U.Sadding that despite all the difficult moments he never hesitated to film for Vanderpump rules.
“Right now I’m kind of looking forward to being radically honest about it. It’s kind of therapeutic,” Schwartz said. “Although at times I think, ‘Oh my God, what did I say? What have I done?’ You walk around; You are tormenting; You question every decision you’ve ever made in your life. Right? And that’s no exaggeration. But then I think it will be very therapeutic at the end of the year.”
The Minnesota resident concluded, “That makes me as healthy as I am now, but right now it sucks. I’m not going to lie.”
Schwartz and Maloney tied the knot in 2016, but revealed three years later that they had lost their original marriage license, so the union was not legal. The couple married for the second time in July 2019, which fans watched in season 8 of the Bravo series.
Earlier this month, U.S confirmed that the restaurateur and “You’re Gonna Love Me” podcast host have finalized their divorce after breaking up in March.
The former spouses are splitting the profits from the sale of their Valley Village, California, home, which they sold for more than $2 million in August, according to court documents.
The Schwartz & Sandy co-owner will divide the rest of his and Maloney’s assets — including cars and jewelry — according to which item is in everyone’s name.
With reporting by Christina Garibaldi