Rachel Leviss, formerly known as Raquel on the hit show Vanderpump Rules, recently faced criticism after her candid interview with Bethenny Frankel. The Real Housewives of New York City star, Frankel, too, wasn't spared, with many pointing out her apparent unpreparedness.
In a recent snippet from the Bravo Tea with Jared B podcast, host Jared Barnes expressed concerns about Leviss's revelations in her chat with Frankel. Specifically, Leviss indicated she might not have pursued a relationship with Tom Sandoval if she had recognized the strength and longevity of his relationship with Ariana Madix.
Barnes interpreted Leviss's comments to suggest she belittled the authenticity of Sandoval and Madix's relationship. He offered a candid piece of advice, saying, "If you really wanted Sandoval, you should've ensured his previous relationship was conclusively over."
Leviss Acknowledges Relationship Missteps
Surprisingly, Leviss concurred with Barnes, admitting her lapse in judgment.
"Absolutely," she commented, "I should've respected Ariana and Tom's relationship more." She further elaborated, emphasizing that she isn't seeking to justify her actions but understands them better now. Following a challenging Season 10 wrap-up of Vanderpump Rules, Leviss sought professional mental health support.
Reports indicate she's been recuperating with family in Arizona, suggesting her unlikely return to the show. Reflecting on her past actions, Leviss stated, "Tom had me believe he was breaking things off with Ariana for her mental well-being.
I now recognize I was caught in a delusion." She accepted full responsibility, adding, "It was upon me to extract myself from that situation. Now, I have a clearer perspective." However, Leviss's interview remarks didn't sit well with Madix.
On Scheana Shay's Scheananigans podcast, Madix voiced her discontent, especially concerning Leviss's assertion that they were mere acquaintances, contrary to popular belief that the two were best friends. Scheana weighed in, highlighting the perceived deceit, "She claimed to be closer to Tom through you," to which Madix responded, finding Leviss's words deeply hurtful.
"I wasn't using her for anything. I genuinely believed in our friendship," Madix added, pointing out existing evidence of their personal outings. Ariana further criticized the narrative that tried to downplay genuine relationships on the show, questioning the motives behind such a move.
"The show's authenticity isn't a mere production ploy," she stressed. In conclusion, while the world of reality TV often blurs lines between personal and public lives, this episode serves as a poignant reminder of the real emotions and relationships at stake.