Madix, 37, is said to have found out about 39-year-old Sandoval’s alleged cheating with Leviss, 28, in the last couple of days, ending their nine-year romance shortly afterwards.
A production source told DailyMail.com: ‘There is more to this story that will be revealed in the coming weeks but all is not what it seems, however, it is true that Tom and Raquel have been hooking up.
‘We should change the name of the show to Raquel Rules as she has certainly become the star of the show this season, giving it her all.
‘Production has switched the cameras back on and they are catching all of the fall out as the cast react to this news. This will be the best season of Vanderpump Rules yet.
Over: Vanderpump Rules stars Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix have split after it emerged he had been ‘hooking up’ with co-star Raquel Leviss, DailyMail.com has confirmed (Tom and Ariana pictured February 7)
Did they? Ariana, 37, is said to have found out about 39-year-old Tom’s alleged cheating with Raquel, 28, in the last couple of days, ending their nine-year romance shortly afterwards (Raquel pictured February 7)
‘The cast should be thanking Raquel and Tom as Bravo are already talking about renewing the show for an 11th season. This is the mess that viewers live for.’
Madix has since deleted her Instagram account, although neither she, Sandoval or Leviss have made any public comment.
DailyMail.com has contacted representatives for Sandoval, Madix, Leviss and Bravo for comment.
Sandoval and Madix were last seen together on Wednesday – with sources telling TMZ, who were first to report the split – the pair’s near-decade long romance has ‘been on the outs for a while now.’
Sandoval and Madix have been dating since 2014 after Madix joined Vanderpump Rules in Season 2.
It was confirmed during the Season 2 reunion special that they were dating, and they’ve been together ever since.
Leviss has been seen attempting to pursue a new romance with Tom Schwartz in the newest season of Vanderpump Rules – after his split from wife Katie Maloney following a 12 year romance and three year marriage.
Leviss announced her own split from James Kennedy in January after five years together. In the wake of the hook-up revelations, he wrote on Instagram: ‘Hope you all feel as sick as I do. This explains everything.’
LaLa Kent said: ‘I have known these two were disgusting from the jump!’
Love triangle: Sandoval, Madix and Leviss are seen together in November 2022
Smooch: Sandoval and Madix put on a PDA-packed display upon their arrival at the premiere for the hit Bravo show’s tenth season in Los Angeles last month
Newly single: Leviss tried to get Tom Schwartz to make out with her on Wednesday’s episode of Vanderpump Rules on Bravo, but he politely turned her down
What’s going on? Leviss is pictured with love interest Schwartz
Imitation: Sandoval even dressed up as Leviss for Halloween
Madix’s brother Jeremy slammed Sandoval, writing: ‘It’s funny to watch people social climb and be soooooooo fake that they’re willing to s**t on people that are supposed to be their “best friend” ( a term that gets thrown around very often around here) all just to come up or have some sort of story line.
‘This lifestyle and this group is beyond toxic and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone… Toms a try hard having a midlife crisis with his cringy band and Raquel has faked her way to the top trying to make something of her life willing to step on whoever to get there starting with James.
‘Sell out type lame s**t. Let’s all remember that Raquel was a fan of the show before all of this. Does anyone pay attention?
‘Do you want to make out?’ Leviss propositioned Schwartz, 40, while Sandoval‘s band played on stage.
‘I would love to,’ Schwartz said. ‘I can’t. It’s a trap. You’re too good for me anyway.’
Schwartz grabbed her hands and told her to not walk away.
‘Are we filming still?’ Schwartz said, looking back and seeing the cameras.
‘You are f***ing gorgeous,’ Schwartz told her.
Schwartz said his ex-wife Katie, 36, would be really upset and he couldn’t do that to her. Raquel responded that she wasn’t that close to Katie.
Days later, Raquel confessed to Katie about how she propositioned her ex-husband.
‘He completely turned it down,’ Raquel said. ‘He is completely respecting your boundaries.’
‘Well, I know, but you’re not,’ Katie said.
Before: Leviss announced her own split from James Kennedy in January after five years together (pictured 2019)
In the wake of the hook-up revelations, he wrote on Instagram: ‘Hope you all feel as sick as I do. This explains everything’ with Dayna Kathan branding the pair ‘cowards’
Weighing in: Lala Kent branded Sandoval and Leviss ‘disgusting’ in a comment
Madix’s brother Jeremy slammed Leviss and Sandoval on social media
Raquel said she was sorry but that Scheana Shay, 37, put the initial thought in her head.
‘This is why she is dead to me,’ Katie said.
Katie said in a confessional that Raquel was not smart enough to come up with this on her own.
In January Sandoval and Madix- who began dating since 2014 – were forced to shutdown rumors that they were in an ‘open relationship.’
The rumors were featured in a season 10 preview released in January that shows co-star Scheana Shay telling Sandoval on the beach that, ‘Katie (Maloney) said you and Ariana have an open relationship,’ to which Tom replies, ‘Oh my God.’
Madix took to Twitter after the trailer’s release, squashing the suggestion in a self-deprecating way.
‘We don’t have an open relationship. I’m really not that cool. Thought that was obvious,’ Madix tweeted, adding the #pumprules hashtag.
While the supposed ‘open relationship’ isn’t brought up more in the trailer, Sandoval was seen hugging Leviss while shirtless.
Snip: In January Madix hit back at open relationship rumors, and responded, ‘sometimes you gotta just,’ and a GIF of Anjelica Huston from The Addams Family movie snipping the head of a rose off
Bisexual: She also responded to a fan who asked if Madix was, ‘no longer bi,’ as the actress stated, ‘bisexual ≠ polyamorous’
Madix also responded to a number of fans on Twitter, including Emerson Collins, who praised, ‘Absolutely here for cutting the nonsense off from literally the first second it’s heard.’
Madix responded, ‘sometimes you gotta just,’ and a GIF of Anjelica Huston from The Addams Family movie snipping the head of a rose off.
She also responded to a fan who asked if Madix was, ‘no longer bi,’ as the actress stated, ‘bisexual ≠ polyamorous.’
Madix also responded to a fan named Jessi Yuknek, who joked, ‘I hate people. Why would I want another one?’ as Madix said, ‘lmao exactly.’