Covering up rumors. Ariana Madix explained why she no longer engages in speculation about it Tom Sandoval and Billie Lee had an affair.
“The reason I don’t work is that – I understand this sounds crazy because Raquel [Leviss] he was someone I loved and trusted — but I don’t think Billie Lee would have done that,” Madix, 37, said on the Tuesday, May 23, episode of “Call Her Daddy” podcast.referring to the Sandoval cheating scandal with Leviss, 28
The Something About Her co-founder confirmed that she and Lee, 39, had “discussed” the rumors offline after they resurfaced. After that comes Madix’s insight Lala Kent mentioned her theory during the season 10 finale Vanderpump Rules.
“I heard a rumor a few years ago that Tom and Billie Lee were going to go and do whatever they go and do,” the 32-year-old Utah native said during the confessional. “We have to reopen that case. It got cold and I don’t think it needs to be cold anymore.”
Earlier in the episode, Give Them founder Lala Beauty said James Kennedy, Ally Lewber and Katie Maloney that she didn’t think Sandoval’s affair with Leviss was the first time he’d cheated on Madix. (Us Weekly confirmed in March that the Schwartz & Sandy entrepreneur and Madix had called it quits over Sandoval’s months-long affair with Leviss.)
“You think this is the first time he’s snuck around? No one immediately chooses, ‘I’m going to cheat on my girlfriend with her best friend.’ No. This is comfort,” Kent asserts.
In addition to the affair with Leviss, the co-founder of TomTom admitted another case of infidelity during the dramatic finale. When Scheana Shay asked if it was his long-rumored relationship Annemarie Maldonado (née Kunkel) — aka “Miami Girl” — actually happened, Sandoval responded, “Ariana always knew the truth about it.”
Madix confirmed the discovery during an appearance on Watch what’s happening live with Andy Cohen which was broadcast immediately after the final.
“They were sleeping together, that was before he and I were exclusive,” she said, adding that she had previously lied on behalf of her ex-boyfriend because “she didn’t want people to think the worst of the man I planned to spend the rest of my life with. .”
Sandoval and Lee, for their part, first became friends when the then-SUR host joined the Bravo series as a regular cast member for Season 6 in 2017. In April, the pair were spotted walking together outside his and Madix’s shared home. Sandoval’s ex-girlfriend Kristen Doute he subsequently blasted Lee for dating the musician amid his cheating scandal.
“While crying at Ariana’s house a few days after Ari found out… smh,” Doute, 40, commented on Instagram at the time.
Lee replied: “@kristendoute ya I cried because BOTH of them are my family! It was sad and still is! What were you doing while I was crying!? I literally take selfies with everyone including Ariana. Like, who does that!? It was like a funeral, and you were taking selfies.”
Shay, meanwhile, agreed with Kent’s theory about Sandoval and Lee during a May episode of her “Scheananigans” podcast.
“I think that’s true. Now I’m thinking about a lot of things because I feel like I’ve only seen the good. And now I see a lot of bad things,” the “Good as Gold” singer told the guest Peter Madrigal. “I do not know. I think something may have happened with him and Billie at that time. And they just made a pact, you know, not to tell anybody. Because why would you?”
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Just before Madix addressed the drama, the Florida native came to Lee’s defense when she was spotted walking her dog. “Billie helping out when I’m out of state for work is nice, but mya is my dog and that article should correct itself. ❤️,” Madix wrote via Instagram on Sunday, May 21, referring to a caption that claimed Lee was babysitting Sandoval’s dog.