The new season of 'VPR' will address the fallout of Sandoval's split with Ariana Madix after his affair with costar Raquel Leviss
Tom Sandoval is dressed for drama at the Season 11 premiere of Vanderpump Rules in Hollywood.
Sandoval, 40, hit the red carpet wearing a white suit jacket, black shirt and loose-fitting black pinstripe pants. He rounded out his look with chunky white sneakers and a splash of jewelry in the form of two necklaces — one beaded and the other a lightning bolt — and a matching lightning bolt earring for good measure.
On the red carpet, the reality TV star told PEOPLE that his love of fashion began when he was a child, and he continues to embrace it to this day.
"I’m not gonna take away the things about myself that make me who I am. I’ve been shaving lightning bolts in my head since I was a little kid. I’ve been painting my nails for 10 years," he said.
The new season of the reality show will delve into the consequences of Sandoval’s affair with VPR costar Raquel Leviss, which led to his split with girlfriend of nine years Ariana Madix. An extended trailer reveals lingering tension between Sandoval and Madix, 38, who still cohabit their L.A. home. An incredulous Lisa Vanderpump asks, “Why are they living together anyway? It’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen.”
Their breakup has also divided friends, with Sandoval supporters and Madix’s circle butting heads. When Vanderpump costar Scheana Shay hugs Sandoval, Katie Maloney cautioned, “If you’re going to be friends with him, [Ariana] is going to f—ing cut you off.”
In March 2023, PEOPLE reported that the reality show couple had broken up after Madix found an intimate video and a “history of inappropriate texts” between Leviss, 29, and Sandoval on his phone. Sandoval seemingly confirmed the cheating allegations with a cryptic Instagram post saying he was “sorry for everything.”
Later that month, both Sandoval and Leviss apologized publicly to Madix for the affair. “I made mistakes, I was selfish, and made reckless decisions that hurt somebody I love,” he wrote in another Instagram post. “My biggest regret is that I dishonored Ariana.”
However, in an April interview with Howie Mandel, Sandoval claimed that he "did break up with [Ariana] on Valentine's Day," but she was "completely in denial."
An explosive tenth season in which Madix said she wanted Sandoval "to die" culminated in a fiery reunion. The TomTom restaurant owner professed his undying love for Madix. “I will always be cheering you on from afar, always.”
At BravoCon 2023 in November, the Tom Sandoval & The Most Extras frontman faced relentless boos from the audience for the affair, referred to as “Scandoval.” In response to the jeers, Sandoval stated that he’d “rather stand here and face it” than skip the convention.
Vanderpump Rules premires on Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo.
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