AceShowbiz - Kristen Doute is spilling the tea. The "Vanderpump Rules" alum broke down in a new podcast interview the exact moment when her former co-star Ariana Madix learned about her then-boyfriend Tom Sandoval's affair with fellow cast member Raquel Leviss.
Speaking in the Thursday, March 9 episode of "Sex, Love and What Else Matters", Kristen shared that the group was attending Tom's cover band's March 1 concert in West Hollywood, Calif., when the drama and heartbreak happened. "I was actually with Ariana and Tom that night - we were watching his band play at TomTom," she recalled. "He's done playing, and we'd all gotten up to just kind of chatter and grab a drink."
"All of the sudden, I realize Ariana's gone for - it had to be like 20 minutes or something - because she left her coat and her purse," Kristen, who was recently spotted filming for the Bravo reality TV series, added. "So what had happened was, during Tom's performance, his phone fell out of his pocket, and a mutual friend of theirs picks up the phone and hands it to Ariana."
Kristen continued, "The real truth is that Ariana had his phone, and she told me that she just had this gut intuition to look at it." After seeing what was on the phone, Kristen said that Ariana was "not doing well," adding, "She's numb, and she's sad." A source previously claimed that Ariana found a video of Raquel masturbating on FaceTime with Tom.
In related news, a resurfaced video showed Tom's best friend Tom Schwartz claiming that Tom Sandoval forced him to kiss Raquel amid their now-exposed affair. "Oh, my God. [Tom Sandoval] made me do it," Tom Schwartz told "ET Canada" in a February 7 interview at the "Vanderpump Rules" season 10 premiere party. "I didn't want to do it. He's like, 'If you don't do it, you're a wussy.' … He steamrolled me."
At the time, Tom Schwartz and Raquel made headlines after smooching at their co-star Scheana Shay's wedding in August 2022. Tom Schwartz's ex-wife Katie Maloney felt uncomfortable with their apparent hookup. Meanwhile, any other castmates, including Tom Sandoval, showed support for Tom Schwartz and Raquel's romance.
After the news of Tom Sandoval and Raquel's affair broke, the two issued an apology with the former beauty pageant queen blaming the affair on her "addiction" to love. "I want to apologize for my actions and my choices foremost to Ariana, and to my friends and the fans so invested in our relationships," she wrote in a statement on March 8. "There is no excuse, I am not a victim and I must own my actions and I deeply regret hurting Ariana."
She added she is "reflecting" on her choices, "speaking to a counselor" and "learning things about myself such as my patterns of codependency and addiction to being and feeling loved." She then further divulged, "I have sought emotional validation through intimate connections that are not healthy without regard for my own well-being, sometimes negatively affecting others and often prioritizing the intimate connection over my friendships... I am taking steps to understand my behavior and make healthier choices."