Tom Schwartz has been spotted for the first time since the cheating scandal between his Vanderpump Rules co-stars Tom Sandoval and Raquel Leviss broke last week.
Schwartz, 40, flew out of LAX airport on Saturday after being accused by multiple cast members of knowing and hiding the Sandavol affair from his then-girlfriend Ariana Madix.
The reality star spoke to TMZ and revealed that Sandavol was doing “good”, but added that he had “a deep sense of sadness, and rightly so”. I think he feels like a piece of shit.
“And to some extent, maybe he is,” Tom added with a laugh. “But he knows he screwed up. It’s all really sad.
He then shared his thoughts on Ariana: “Luckily Ariana has a good support system and she’s with her friends. I don’t know where she is, but I hope she’s living the good life and getting well let it go. I hope she has a ride.
Schwartz stayed comfortable for the flight, sporting a green hoodie and hat, along with black sweatpants and sneakers.
He carried a large gray duffel bag over one shoulder and a black bag over the other, and had his hands full with his cell phone and boarding passes.
When asked how Raquel was feeling, he shared, “I haven’t spoken to Raquel. I haven’t seen or spoken to her since it all started.
Schwartz also added that he hopes the scandal will be over soon: “I just hope this all ends.”
Schwartz was then asked if he knew about the case, with the photographer asking, “A lot of people think you knew everything that was going on, did you know anything about it?”
“I’d rather not talk about it then,” Schwartz replied, adding, “You’ll see it played on the show.”
When pressed further, he added: ‘It’s f*****g complicated. It’s the understatement of the year.
He also opened up about co-star Scheana Shay, after her lawyer recently denied a claim that she punched Raquel during an altercation over her hair with Sandoval.
“I didn’t tell him about it. I haven’t spoken to Scheana.
Schwartz then added, “Really, I’m just sad about the native impact this is having on our business. But I think cooler heads will prevail.
Last week, it was revealed that Sandoval and Leviss reportedly had a “complete affair” for months, leading to his split from Madix.
Leviss, 28, and Sandoval, 39, “have been communicating inappropriately for months” according to a source who spoke with Page Six, and now “want to be together.”
The cheating scandal broke earlier on Friday as it was revealed that Sandoval and Ariana have split after it emerged he had ‘hook up’ with Raquel, DailyMail.com has confirmed.
Madix, 37 – who dated Sandoval for nine years – reportedly found out about the alleged cheating with Leviss on Wednesday, ending their nine-year romance shortly after.