Tom Sandoval and Raquel Leviss have apologized to Ariana Madix after their shock affair was uncovered.
Madix and Sandoval dated for nine years before their relationship was rocked by cheating allegations last week – ahead of filming for the upcoming reunion.
The 39-year-old initially addressed the scandal in a message on Instagram, urging fans not to take the drama out on his business partner, Tom Schwartz, and their employees.
In a new statement, Sandoval directed his apologies to his former partner, expressing his regret that his ‘reckless decisions’ were so public.
‘I want to first and foremost apologize to everyone I’ve hurt through this process,’ he began the Instagram post. ‘Most of all, I want to apologize to Ariana.
‘I made mistakes, I was selfish and make reckless decisions that hurt somebody I love. No one deserves to feel that pain so traumatically and publicly.
‘I can only imagine how devastating this has been for Ariana and everyone around us. I feel really horrible about that.
‘My biggest regret is that I dishonored Ariana. I never meant to disappoint so many people, including our loving families and friends’
Reflecting on their relationship, he continued: ‘My love for Ariana was stronger than any camera could ever have captured. Some of our best times together were never filmed. The same goes for some of our biggest struggles.
‘I wish things happened in a different order and our relationship was not severely tarnished, and that it ended with the same respect for her that it began with. I owed Ariana better.
‘I am beyond sad that it ended the way it did. The choices I made hurt so many people. I acted in a way that clashes with who and how I want to be.’
Sandoval concluded the statement: ‘I will continue to reflect and work on myself. I have work to do. I always have, and I always will.’
Leviss shared a lengthy message about the affair to Entertainment Tonight, revealing that she ‘deeply regrets’ hurting her former pal.
‘I want to apologize for my actions and my choices foremost to Ariana, and to my friends and the fans so invested in our relationships. There is no excuse, I am not a victim and I must own my actions and I deeply regret hurting Ariana,’ she began.
‘I am reflecting on my choices, speaking to a counselor and I am learning things about myself such as my patterns of codependency and addiction to being and feeling loved.
‘I have sought emotional validation through intimate connections that are not healthy without regard for my own well-being, sometimes negatively affecting others and often prioritizing the intimate connection over my friendships. I am taking steps to understand my behavior and make healthier choices.’
‘Although I chose to be on a reality show accepting the good and bad that comes with it, beyond my own actions I have been physically assaulted, lost friendships, received death threats and hate emails in addition to having had my privacy violated,’ she added.
‘I have begun counseling to end my unhealthy behavioral cycle, learn to set stronger emotional boundaries and learn to protect my mental health. I don’t expect sympathy, understanding or forgiveness.
‘Right now I must focus on my own health and well-being and as I strive to be a better person moving forward, I will prioritize my mental health and learn from my mistakes.’
While Sandoval began Vanderpump Rules as part of the original cast in 2013, Madix joined the Bravo program in the second season – which aired that same year.
They were originally friends but soon grew closer and made their relationship official in February, 2014.
The former couple purchased a home in California in 2019 before publishing a book together later that same year.
However, their romance imploded last week amid allegations that the businessman had been unfaithful.
Madix has yet to speak out publicly.