Tom Sandoval gets caught speaking on the phone to his mistress Raquel Leviss while taking a flight to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Sunday night, following their breakup.
Just weeks after their split, an eagle-eyed passenger managed to capture a photo of the Vanderpump Rules star, 39, chatting with the former beauty pageant queen, 28.
In the image, the rocker, who is currently touring the Midwest with his cover band Tom Sandoval & The Most Extras, faced the window on the airplane and worn a pair of wireless headphones.
The Schwartz & Sandy’s owner, who received substantial backlash for cheating on his then-girlfriend Ariana Madix during their nearly decade-long romance, held onto his iPhone, which Leviss’ name on the screen.
One of the bravolebrity’s fellow commuters told TMZ that Sandoval was trying to speak quietly, but they realized it was him after hearing his ‘highly recognizable’ voice.
Chatting away: Tom Sandoval gets caught speaking on the phone to his mistress Raquel Leviss while taking a flight to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Sunday night, following their breakup; seen earlier this month
Still in contact: Just weeks after their split , an eagle-eyed passenger managed to capture a photo of the Vanderpump Rules star, 39, chatting with the former beauty pageant queen, 28
The traveler alleged to the publication that the rocker told Leviss that he was going to ‘f**ing Pittsburgh.’
Their chat may indicate she has finished treatment at a mental health facility, where they were not able to communicate during her stay.
In late April, he stated: ‘Raquel is in a mental facility…Whether she decides to tell you where that is after the fact — that’s where Raquel is. No visitors, no friends, no family, no phone, no nothing.’
Following the news, his costar, Lala Kent, shared the image with a snarky caption on his Instagram Story, which read: ‘Look at this clown checking in on his main chick before he goes to get f**ked up and bang his side chicks. Maybe even some randoms to add to the rolodex.’
‘He’s also making sure he maintains his energy supply. He’s got to keep her where he needs her. He’s fully into her and she thinks it’s because she’s loved, and cared about by him… nothing but an energy source for the narcissist,’ she concluded.
Last month, Sandoval and Leviss broke up just two months after their affair was exposed.
An insider told Page Six: ‘Raquel dipped out. Sandoval is not the one for her.’
Although the affair was only unveiled in March, both Sandoval and Leviss have revealed their romance actually started last summer.
Caught: One of the bravolebrity’s fellow commuters told TMZ that Sandoval was trying to speak quietly, but they realized it was him after hearing his ‘highly recognizable’ voice; seen in March
Fuming: Following the news, his costar, Lala Kent, shared the image with a snarky caption on his Instagram Story, which read: ‘Look at this clown checking in on his main chick before he goes to get f**ked up and bang his side chicks. Maybe even some randoms to add to the roladex’
A month ago, the restaurateur revealed they are ‘kind of taking a break’ while appearing on Howie Mandel Does Stuff’s podcast.
‘We’re not putting any label on it,’ the reality star stated.
When asked if they were still friends ‘with benefits’ by the comedian, 67, Sandoval denied they were still romantically involved.
‘Not right now,’ the rocker, who is in the cover band Tom Sandoval & The Most Extras, told listeners, after insisting he and the former pageant queen are still ‘good friends.’
As for how their relationship blossomed from platonic to intimate, Sandoval opened up about his attraction to Leviss as he and Madix, 37, drifted apart after nearly a decade together.
‘We were at my house, and I’m locked out of my house and we’re talking and we kissed,’ he recalled. ‘It was magnetic. We were moving closer and as we were talking, time went on, and we’re talking closer and closer and closer, and all of a sudden, we’re kissing. I felt something that I hadn’t felt in so long, like, emotionally.’
He went on to explain how he and Madix had begun living their own lives and the romance between them had grown stale.
‘We had been together for nine years, and obviously we had built a house and business together and everything. We were a brand. And like many relationships, it became more of a best friend/family/sometimes roommates situation,’ he explained.
The Missouri native said their relationship overall was ‘just lacking intimacy’ and ‘connection.’
He felt that they were remaining together to ‘keep the optics up that [they] were solid’ for their reality show and other business endeavors.
‘We did have each other’s backs, for sure, and that was nice. There was a safety to it and a stability,’ he said of Madix.
Ahead of turning 40 he recalled thinking his life ‘looked very bleak’ and started thinking his ‘best years were behind.’
Furious: Ariana eviscerated Raquel over her affair with her then-boyfriend Sandoval during the season ten reunion of Vanderpump Rules
Livid: After the former pageant queen, admitted to being ‘super selfish’ for sleeping with her former pal’s partner of nine years , Madix fired back that ‘selfish does not cover it’
Cruel: Sandoval was seen tearing up as his infidelity was discussed on the show
‘I started to lose my optimism in life and my drive. I felt like I needed to make a change to feel alive again, to feel motivated, to feel optimistic again,’ Sandoval confessed.
Before his affair, he said his ‘confidence was zapped’ and any sexual experience with him would be the equivalent to hooking up with ‘a 19-year-old’ during ‘his second time’ as he lost his ‘game.’
‘I’m not saying it’s [Ariana’s] fault, we just didn’t have that intimacy,’ Sandoval claimed.
After hearing his guest’s side, Mandel urged fans to have ’empathy and compassion’ for Sandoval, who previously said he felt like ‘one of the most hated people in America’ for betraying Madix.
‘You need to be heard because the narrative is everyone else’s but but yours,’ the America’s Got Talent judge told listeners. ‘I don’t understand the hatred and the vitriol.’
While the father-of-three stated he wasn’t ‘condoning cheating on a partner,’ he raised eyebrows for saying that the amount of backlash Sandoval has received has been perplexing.
Leviss checked into a facility for mental health treatment in April – amid the continued fallout from her affair with Sandoval.
The reality star chose to enter the voluntary facility before her fling was discovered, reports ET.
A source said: ‘Raquel and her family decided before the relationship was discovered that she would enter a voluntary facility for mental health counseling.
Betrayal: Sandoval and Madix pictured just days before the March split
Cooling off: Last month, Sandoval revealed he and Leviss hit the brakes on their sexual relationship, after their affair was exposed in March (pictured 2021)
She’s had the last laugh: Ariana is now happily dating fitness trainer Daniel Wai
‘She was scheduled to go in pre-reunion but decided she wanted to finish her filming commitment. Bravo and production were aware and in support of her journey towards better mental health.
Leviss’ rep added that she was not in a facility for substance abuse issues.
Last month Leviss issued a statement in which she revealed she was analyzing her own behavior and speaking to a counselor after the affair was exposed.
She said: ‘I am reflecting on my choices, speaking to a counselor and I am learning things about myself such as my patterns of codependency and addiction to being and feeling loved.
‘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.’
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