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Tom Schwartz had ‘urge’ to move out of LA amid Scandoval – TheFantasyTimes

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By Jitin Gambhir

Tom Schwartz contemplated leaving the city after staying silent for months about his best friend Tom Sandoval’s affair with Raquel Leviss.

In an interview with People, Schwartz revealed his desire to move and disconnect from the internet and social media due to the backlash he received from “Vanderpump Rules” fans for not informing Sandoval’s then-girlfriend, Ariana Madix, about the affair.

Tom Schwartz had ‘urge’ to move out of LA amid Scandoval

Schwartz admitted he was ready to pack up and relocate after the affair was exposed. He found himself caught in the middle when he confessed to knowing about the affair for months. Schwartz’s wish came true temporarily when he had to leave his phone behind to film the reality series “Stars on Mars.”

Despite initially romanticizing the idea, he found it scary to part ways with his phone. However, the experience felt rejuvenating and restorative as he realized how dependent he had become on his cellphone. Schwartz received hate from fans and co-stars for not informing Ariana Madix about the affair, but he gained a fresh perspective and felt more optimistic after filming “Stars on Mars.”

He described the experience as an infusion of levity and an adventure that helped him feel like himself again and better equipped to handle whatever life throws at him.

Schwartz acknowledged that he had lost his way but now feels found and admits he is a constant work in progress. He expressed excitement and optimism for the future, feeling giddy and lighter on his feet. Schwartz and Sandoval will both return for Season 11 of “Vanderpump Rules.”

Schwartz emphasized the importance of taking life day by day and not dwelling too much on the future. He previously expressed fear about resuming filming but now acknowledges that the crew has a volatile history but comes from a place of love. Lala Kent confirmed that filming for the new season began on Wednesday, and sources revealed that the entire cast, including Sandoval and Madix, will return.

However, it remains uncertain whether Leviss will join the cast, as she has not yet confirmed her participation despite efforts from production and her team. Leviss has been receiving treatment at a mental health facility due to the backlash she faced for her affair with Sandoval, which played out on and off-camera during the explosive reunion.

Tom Schwartz considered skipping town after keeping quiet for months about his best friend Tom Sandoval’s affair with Raquel Leviss.

“I had this sort of mounting urge to just pack up my stuff and move,” the longtime Los Angeles resident told People in a story published Wednesday. “I don’t know where — not run away, but just move.”

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Schwartz, 40, explained that he was “yearning to just disconnect, to take a break from the internet, my phone, social media” amid the backlash he received from “Vanderpump Rules” fans for not telling Sandoval’s then-girlfriend, Ariana Madix, about the dalliance.

Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz posing for a photo
Tom Schwartz admitted he was ready to “pack up” and move out of Los Angeles after Tom Sandoval and Raquel Leviss’ affair was exposed.
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Ariana Madix, Tom Sandoval, Raquel Leviss and Tom Schwartz posing for a photo together

 

Schwartz found himself in the middle of Scandoval when he confessed to knowing about the affair for months.
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Schwartz’s wish briefly came true when he had to leave his phone behind to film the reality series “Stars on Mars” shortly after Scandoval first made headlines in March.

“I had romanticized this idea,” he told the magazine. “But once it came time to sort of part ways with my phone, it was scary.

“I’m scared of how dependent I am on my cellphone in every facet of life. So it was nice to take a little break from that. And yeah, it felt rejuvenating and restorative.”

Tom Schwartz and Raquel Leviss posing for a photo together

 

Schwartz also received hate from fans and co-stars for not telling Ariana Madix about the months-long dalliance.
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The Bravolebrity teased that he “got a massive infusion of levity and an adventure” while shooting the Fox show, which he described as “just what the doctor ordered.”

“I feel more optimistic. I feel myself again, and I just feel better equipped to handle whatever life throws at me,” he explained, seemingly referring to preparing to film Season 11 of “Pump Rules.”

Schwartz gushed that he has a “fresh perspective” and feels “recalibrated” after his simulated trip to Mars and spending time away from Sandoval, 40, and their co-stars.

Tom Schwartz filming "Stars on Mars"

 

Schwartz did end up temporarily moving and disconnecting when he filmed “Stars on Mars.”
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Tom Sandoval, Tom Schwartz, Scheana Shay talking on the reunion

 

Schwartz admitted that he “lost my way” during Scandoval.
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“I feel like I just lost my way. I lost my way a little bit. I really did. Lost my way, and now I’m found,” he said.

The Schwartz & Sandy’s co-founder confessed that he still does not “have it all together” and is a “constant work in progress.”

“I’m clearly a flawed dude,” he shared. “I feel more optimistic heading into this next year and excited. I’m excited. I feel giddy again, a little lighter on my feet.”

Tom Schwartz sitting on "Stars on Mars"

 

The Bravolebrity said that now, three months after the affair made headlines, he “feel[s] more optimistic.”
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Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz posing for a photo

 

Schwartz and Sandoval are both set to return for Season 11 of “Vanderpump Rules.”
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Schwartz said he is continuing to take life “day by day” and “not letting myself spend too much time in the future.”

“That’s probably one of my biggest problems in life,” he continued. “I don’t dwell in the past much, but I spend a lot of time in the future — and usually not in a good way. And I just plan on being more present.”

Schwartz’s opinion on filming seems to have changed over the last few days, as he said last Friday that he was “terrified” of cameras picking back up.

Tom Schwartz and Scheana Shay sitting on the reunion

 

The bar owner previously said he was “terrified” to resume filming.
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“I’m always slightly terrified when we started a new season. We’ve been through so much with this group, and we’re a volatile crew,” he told Us Weekly at the time.

“We’ve always been a volatile group of friends. I don’t think I’ve ever had an argument outside of this group, to be honest. We have a lot of history together, and there’s been trials and tribulations, but it comes from a place of love.”


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Schwartz’s co-star Lala Kent revealed that filming for the highly anticipated 11th season began Wednesday.

Sources told TMZ that the entire cast is set to return — including Sandoval and Madix, 38 — but Leviss’ future is still up in the air.

A selfie of Tom Sandoval and Raquel Leviss

 

Bravo picked up cameras for the new season Wednesday, but it’s unclear whether Leviss will join the cast.
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Leviss, 28, reportedly “still hasn’t said if she’ll be along for the ride” despite both production and her own team “working hard” to get her to come back amid her stay at a mental health facility.

The former pageant queen has been receiving treatment ever since she and Sandoval faced extreme backlash from both their co-stars and friends for their months-long affair.

Scandoval played out both on-camera and off-camera, culminating in an explosive three-part reunion, during which all of the secret lovers’ former pals hurled insults at them for hours.

 

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