Raquel Leviss Responds to Fan Backlash Following Bethenny Frankel Interview


Raquel Leviss takes some accountability for her affair with Tom Sandoval after getting backlash from fans following Bethenny Frankel interview.

Raquel Leviss was looking for redemption from the Bravoverse when she decided to sit down to discuss Scandoval with Bethenny Frankel on her Just B podcast. However, she got the exact opposite. Instead, Raquel Leviss’ interview with Bethenny dug her into an even deeper hole with Vanderpump Rules fans.

Bethenny Frankel and Raquel Leviss take photo while recording episode of Just B podcast
Bethenny Frankel and VPR star Raquel Leviss have a sit down on the Just B podcast.

One positive note that came from Raquel Leviss’ interview with Bethenny was that Tom Sandoval looked like even more of a slimeball after the entire three-part sit-down aired. Yet, fans took issue with Raquel Leviss taking zero accountability for her affair with Tom. Once again, Raquel put all the blame on Tom, who was the one in a long-term relationship with Ariana Madix. Raquel says she only started hooking up with Tom because his relationship with Ariana was on its last leg.

This defense didn’t sit well with many fans. The Instagram account Bravo Tea With Jared B called out Raquel Leviss, saying that she had a responsibility to stop seeing Tom until after he ended his relationship with Ariana.

Surprisingly, Raquel Leviss sort of agreed with the take.

On August 26, the 28-year-old commented on Bravo Tea With Jared B’s Instagram post and took some accountability for her role in the affair with Tom.

“You’re not wrong! I should have had more self-respect than that and should have respected the relationship that Ariana had with Tom. No excuses…” Rachel commented before going on to make excuses for her actions.

Vanderpump Rules: Tom Sandoval and Raquel Leviss meet up after Scandoval is exposed.
VPR stars Tom Sandoval and Raquel Leviss meet up after Scandoval is exposed.

“However, looking back, I see I had low self-worth, and Tom kept telling me he was actively breaking up with her ‘amicably’ for her ‘mental health,’ which I can now see was magical thinking.”

She continued, “He had a million and one reasons why they hadn’t broken up yet, and it was easier to stay in that fantasy [than] to face the fact that the social anxiety and isolation was not worth it. So yes, absolutely, you’re 100% right. It was MY responsibility to remove myself from that situation … now I know better.”

Vanderpump Rules will return to Bravo for season 11 in 2024.

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