Lala Kent and Ariana Madix from Vanderpump Rules have opened up about their changing feelings towards their co-star Raquel Leviss. After watching Raquel's emotional final confessional interview during the reunion, both Lala and Ariana expressed sympathy and a different perspective on her actions.
Lala, known for her book "Give Them Lala," revealed that she felt "dirty" after initially slamming Raquel during the reunion. However, upon watching Raquel's breakdown, Lala began to view the situation from a more compassionate angle. She even expressed concern that Raquel may not be suited for this kind of platform, indicating that the reality TV show might not be the best fit for her. During the reunion episode, Raquel shocked everyone by admitting that she and Tom Sandoval had lied about the timeline of their affair. Raquel tearfully confessed that they had hooked up multiple times in Mexico during Scheana Shay's wedding to Brock Davies. She expressed remorse and feared losing the one person she relied on, Tom. Lala's perception of Raquel shifted after witnessing her raw confession. She now believes that Raquel needs professional help and hopes that she has received it. Lala acknowledged that reality TV might not be the best environment for someone going through such personal struggles.
Ariana also shared her evolving feelings about Raquel. When asked about Raquel's situation, Ariana showed understanding and empathy, acknowledging that Raquel seemed hurt by her own actions. However, Ariana made it clear that she has no control over whether Raquel and Tom will be on the next season of Vanderpump Rules. After the reunion was filmed in March, it was revealed that Raquel had voluntarily entered a mental health treatment facility. Her decision was made prior to the reunion and was supported by Bravo and the production team. Raquel's representative confirmed that her treatment was focused on mental health counseling, not substance abuse issues. It was clear that Raquel was committed to improving her mental well-being.
An insider recently revealed that Raquel is still in treatment and has been for 68 days and counting. The treatment aims to help her understand the underlying reasons behind her actions and learn from her mistakes. Raquel is remorseful and has repeatedly apologized for her behavior. When she completes her treatment, she plans to share her story with honesty and integrity. In the end, it's heartening to see Lala, Ariana, and even the audience develop a greater sense of compassion for Raquel as they witness her journey towards better mental health. It serves as a reminder that everyone deserves understanding and support during difficult times, even when their actions may have caused pain.