Tom Sandoval has seen a positive turn at concert venues for his cover band, Tom Sandoval & The Most Extras, following his illicit affair with Raquel Leviss, reported TMZ.
The Vanderpump Rules star, 39, whose resurfaced 2006 The Hills audition has gone viral amid the cheating scandal, concluded his May dates for the tour on Saturday.
According to the outlet, the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Casino & Resort located in Connecticut saw concertgoers lining up outside to grab a seat inside the 350-seat space, a first for the venue.
In New York City earlier this month, the Gramercy Theater became sold out, also prompting a long line to form outside before the concert commenced.
One of the special guests that notably attended the performance in the Big Apple was Saturday Night Live comedian, Chloe Fineman, who also documented the festivities on her social media.
Sold out: Tom Sandoval, 39, has seen a positive turn at concert venues for his cover band, Tom Sandoval & The Most Extras, following his illicit affair with Raquel Leviss, reported TMZ; seen in February
Raising funds: The cover band’s May 11 concert DC’s Howard Theater held a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and donated $10,000 to the Drew Strikes Back organization
Other venues additionally were sold out, including Houston, which saw double the expected turn out, per TMZ.
The cover band’s May 11 concert at DC’s Howard Theater held a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and donated $10,000 to the Drew Strikes Back organization.
Along with reaching success in the music sector, Tom also opened up to the publication about his 50 days of sobriety.
The TV personality had admitted that the cheating scandal with Raquel Leviss, which promptly ended his nine-year relationship with Ariana Madix in March, has been ‘difficult’ and that he has gone into ‘some really dark places at times and music has really helped me get through it.’
While talking to the outlet, he also expressed his gratitude for the massive turnouts and that he is ‘excited’ to continue his summer tour, which has dates through June 23.
Earlier this year in March, Sandoval and Leviss’ affair came to light after Ariana found an intimate video on his phone. The scandal played out on season 10 of Bravo’s hit show, Vanderpump Rules, followed by a reunion, with part one having aired last week.
During the first episode, Ariana also admitted to doing financially well amid the scandal, and revealed to host, Andy Cohen, that she has made $200k in merchandise sales alone.
Madix and fellow co-star, Katie Maloney, have plans to open up their own sandwich shop called, Something About Her, which the merch profits would go towards.
Drawing crowds: In New York City earlier this month, the Gramercy Theater became sold out, also prompting a long line to form outside before the concert commenced
Special guest: One of the special guests that notably attended the performance in the Big Apple was Saturday Night Live comedian, Chloe Fineman, who also documented the festivities on her social media
After the ex of Tom Sandoval announced the number, Katie jumped in and stated, ‘It’s really incredible that so many supportive people showed up to, like help us.’
Merchandise revenue is not the only financial gain for Ariana since the affair news became public.
Daily Mail reached out to branding experts and PR gurus in the influencer and reality TV space, who estimated that the savvy starlet could potentially walk away with well over $1million by the end of the year thanks to her split from Tom.
‘Ariana is hot in the news and everyone wants to see her do good,’ said Gina Rodriquez, whose PR and production company Gitoni works with reality stars including Mama June, Scott Disick, and Nene Leakes.
‘Typically, a cheating scandal can generate quite a bit of income, especially if you’re not the cheater,’ she continued, adding that Ariana is probably doing ‘very well’ thanks to the increased media exposure and public support the affair has generated.
Ariana has already gained an extra 500,000 followers on Instagram in the last two months, and brands are now beating down the her door with offers for the star to sell everything from vibrators to fried chicken to her insatiable fans.
Her first post-Scandoval deal was an Instagram giveaway with sex toy company Bellesa Boutique, which could have netted her a cool $25,000.
From there, the bankable beauty landed more social media sponsorship deals with Uber Eats and Joyburst, which may have earned her at least $20,000 each.
Financial gain: Ariana also admitted to doing financially well amid the scandal, and revealed that she has made $200k in merchandise sales alone
Wow! For her deal with SoFi alone, industry experts predict that the reality star may have walked away with as much as $100,000; Ariana seen earlier this month in NYC
A deal with Bloomingdales, which saw Ariana treated to a sponsored shopping spree in the department store, is estimated at around $25,000 on top of another $10,000 in free designer clothes.
According to Diana Abousleiman, who is the director of the brand development and marketing firm DABC Limited, Ariana’s fees for sponsored posts would have skyrocketed following Tom’s affair.
‘Ariana’s Instagram fee before the scandal was probably between $10,000-$20,000 a post,’ Diana told Daily Mail.
‘Now that she is in the spotlight and really has the public’s support, her engagement and influence have gone up, as will her fees and other potentially more lucrative opportunities.’
Ariana is estimated to have earned some serious cash for her commercials with BIC razors and an Uber One ad she filmed alongside Vanderpump Rules co-stars Lala Kent and Scheana Shay.
Since each commercial was professionally filmed and referenced her cheating scandal, Diana believes that they may have earned Madix around $50,000 a piece.
But one of her biggest pay checks most likely came from her deal with SoFi, which was so elaborate that the blonde staged photos of herself ‘moving out’ of her shared home with Tom while donning a very unsubtle SoFi sweatshirt.
After pretending to leave the Valley Village home – which she and Tom paid $2.075million for back in 2019 – Ariana revealed it was just a sponcon deal for the finance company.
For the deal, industry experts predict that the reality star may have walked away with as much as $100,000.
Split: Earlier this year in March, Sandoval and Leviss’ affair came to light after Ariana found an intimate video on his phone, ending their nine-year relationship; the former couple seen in June 2022 in Hollywood
Madix will also leave the world of reality for a role in the upcoming Lifetime movie titled, Buying Back My Daughter, which could earn the star around $65,000.
While both Tom and Ariana have seen financial gain from the scandal, Raquel Leviss, on the other hand, checked herself into a mental health facility last month in April.
Sandoval had previously defended Raquel’s decision to enter the facility when talking to TMZ. ‘I’m gonna just tell you, Raquel is in a mental facility – no visitors, okay? No visitors, no family, no phone, no nothing.’
Family members close to Leviss have contacted the FBI due to death threats that the former pageant queen has received, reported TMZ, in an article published on Friday.
The outlet was informed that some alleged threats the star has gotten through social media included, ‘Tear you limb from limb’ and also ‘Un-alive and dump the body.’
A representative for Raquel told TMZ that the threats against the media personality and her family had ‘gotten so bad’ that they had no choice but to contact the FBI.
‘FBI neither confirms nor denies investigations. Obviously, we review all allegations reported to us and encourage anyone who believes their life is in imminent danger to call 911,’ a spokesperson for the FBI informed the publication.
Death threats: Family members close to Leviss have contacted the FBI due to death threats that the former pageant queen has received, reported TMZ
A source also opened up to Entertainment Tonight, and stated, ‘Thankfully, Raquel has not seen any of these messages as she’s been seeking help at a mental health treatment facility and hasn’t looked at her phone, social media or the internet in over a month.’
However, a separate insider expressed that Raquel was aware of threats. ‘Out of concern for safety, Raquel and the treatment facility were informed of the threats.’
A spokesperson from Bravo slammed the threatening messages, and told ET, ‘The threats being made on social media are appalling. Bravo strongly condemns this behavior and urges people to stop.’
The cast will once again be reunited on the screen for the second part of the Vanderpump Rules season 10 reunion on May 31, with the third part airing on June 7.