A new beginning? Katie Maloney and Tom Schwartz’s divorce was front and centre as the couple filmed Vanderpump Rules season 10.
Katie and Tom addressed their breakup for the first time on camera during the premiere.
“She explained everything clearly. “I probably can’t give you the specifics because I was so upset I wasn’t really listening,” the Minnesota native confessed. “However, I don’t want to ask her again because one of the reasons she broke up with me was because I am not a good listener.
To cut a long story short, I simply didn’t know how to make her happy.”
Katie, on the other hand, stated that her ex-inability husband’s to make her a “priority” influenced her decision.
Before season 10 began filming, Tom and Katie announced their separation after more than a decade together. “Well, this stinks,” the entrepreneur wrote on Instagram in March 2022. “I am not a victim. I’m not going to write a sad song. Katie’s decision is fully respected, and we’ve had healthy, productive discussions about it. It would be far more tragic if she decided to stay with me while she was unhappy.”
“How am I supposed to capture 12 years of love in a f—king canned Instagram caption?” he continued.I’m not quite ready to use the ‘D’ word [because] it’s too painful. We had some of the most blissful, romantic, fun times humanly possible over the course of our relationship. I’m talking heaven on earth level joy. She taught me so much about love & being a better partner.”
It was later revealed that their amicable split took a turn when Tom became involved with costar Raquel Leviss following her divorce from James Kennedy. A source exclusively revealed in August 2022 that Tom and Raquel “made out” while attending Scheana Shay and Brock Davies’ wedding.
In October 2022, the California native hinted at a schism with the “You’re Gonna Love Me” podcast host, telling Us, “I can’t speak for her, but I’m just keeping my distance and letting her work out her feelings.”
Raquel, who revealed on Vanderpump Rules that she had broken off her engagement to James in January 2022, praised her new relationship with Tom. “For the time being, we’re good friends.
“I feel like [our breakups] brought us together as friends and allowed us to support each other,” she added. “I didn’t expect that friendship to bloom, but I’m glad it did.”
The TomTom cofounder also commented on Katie and Raquel’s feud.
“I keep my distance. I adore Raquel, and Katie is my best friend. I adore her. We shared more than a quarter of my life, so I have a great deal of respect and love for her. But she can be very reactive, and I haven’t had much time to process that,” Tom told Us a month later.
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Katie discussed her decision to end the show during the season 10 premiere. “So, after 12 years together and five years of marriage, I went to Tom last winter and asked him for a divorce,” she said in a February 2023 episode. “We’ve had a lot of problems. He has never made me a priority.”
“I felt like my whole world — everything I know — just dissipated in that moment,” Tom said of his emotional reaction to the breakup.
The Ground Rules
The Utah native discussed the post-split boundaries created by her and Tom, adding, “I realize that I am not the only one going through a heartbreak. I really value my friendship with Tom and I want to remain friends. But there’s just one rule — don’t hook up with anyone in the friend group.”