Scheana Shay’s friends, Jamie Lynne and Kael Ramsey Ackerson, revealed what they know of Tom Sandoval and Raquel Leviss‘ alleged affair on the latest episode of Jamie’s podcast.
Nearly two weeks after the Vanderpump Rules cast learned of their castmates’ reported romance, which reportedly left Sandoval’s longtime girlfriend, Ariana Madix, feeling “blindsided,” Jamie and Kael shared when they believed the apparent couple‘s relationship began to change.
On the March 14 episode of Jamie All Over, via Us Weekly, Kael, who previously accused Raquel of lying about Scheana giving her a “black eye” in an effort to deflect from the scandal at hand — and bring down Scheana in the process — said Raquel told him that cameras were rolling when she began to grow “closer” to Sandoval.
“She basically just told me [it happened] seven months ago and after the Las Vegas trip,” he explained, signaling to a trip the cast took last August amid season 10. “I told her, ‘Bro, you literally called me an hour or two after the girls that made you cry and then you hit me back when you were in Los Angeles.’ And she was like, ‘[After the boys night] is when we got closer.’”
Meanwhile, Jamie recalled Raquel joining Sandoval, Tom Schwartz, and James Kennedy for their boys’ night in Los Angeles.
“I went to Saddle Ranch with Raquel, Sandoval, and [Schwartz and Sandy’s manager] Brett. You were there because Raquel had just gotten back from Vegas and was very upset and asked you to come out that night,” she shared. “It somehow just ended up being the four of us going to Saddle Ranch after and Raquel and Tom were super into deep conversation at the bar.”
Looking back, Jamie said that after the group left the Saddle Ranch, she noticed Raquel and Sandoval having a serious conversation.
“I’m now in my car with Brett and Raquel and Sandoval were sitting on the curb outside of Saddle Ranch just talking. I didn’t realize that at the time like how close they were talking or how intimate it actually looked,” she continued. “So I start filming the two of them talking. We’re so clueless that we have no idea what’s actually transpiring.”
Months later, after learning of Sandoval and Raquel’s rumored affair, Jamie rewatched the August 2022 clip.
“I had this thought [at the time]. I thought, ‘I’m not posting this because this looks way too intimate and I don’t want Ariana [Madix] to feel a certain way about this,’” she admitted. “I [didn’t] want her to feel disrespected, but it didn’t set off alarm bells, like, is something inappropriate happening? It was just that she might get the wrong idea and I don’t want to put anyone in that position.”
While Jamie did feel that the video was pretty damning, she didn’t take it as a hint that something was going on between Sandoval and Raquel.
“If you watch it back — without the voiceover on it — it looks super close and super intimate. But bottom line is that none of us knew beforehand,” she clarified.
Vanderpump Rules season 10 airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on Bravo.