Tom Sandoval for the first time has issued a statement amid the rumors that he cheated on Ariana Madix with his co-star Raquel Leviss. Earlier this week, Sandoval and Madix broke their nine tears of relationship after it was reported that the Vanderpump Rules star was unfaithful in their relationship. On Saturday evening, he wrote an apology and shared his side of the story on Instagram.

Sandoval started by saying that he understands and deserves the disappointment and anger that fans have shown towards him but requested the fans to leave his friends, family, and Schwartz out of the situation.

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He said that this is a very personal situation and though Sandy’s has his name on it, there are three other partners and twenty employees who are involved in this restaurant and rely on the same for the source of their income.

The actor added that he is just a small part of the bigger thing and requests people to direct the anger towards him and not them since they have not done anything wrong.

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Sandoval apologized to partners Schwartz, Brett, and Greg including the employees as they had to suffer the consequences of his actions.

‘I will be taking a step back & taking a hiatus out of respect for my employees & partners. I need some time to address everything else, he wrote. In the end, he apologizes for everything.

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Sandoval’s apology came after people started boycotting their restaurant over the Vanderpump Rules star cheating on Ariana Madix with Raquel Levis. Reportedly, Schwartz knew about the situation and supported his actions.

According to People, while watching Sandoval perform with his band Tom Sandoval & the Most Extras in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Madix discovered inappropriate messages between Sandoval and Leviss on her then-boyfriend’s phone.

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Since the broke of the alleged affair, social media users have flooded the personal accounts of Sandoval’s businesses and those of his business partners.