Is Tom Sandoval dating Karlee Hale after #Scandoval?

The Bravolebrity has been spotted with influencer Karlee Hale, and, naturally, everyone has questions

Tom Sandoval attends the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards: UNSCRIPTED at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California and broadcast on June 5, 2022
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Karlee Hale has officially entered the chat. 

As if there hasn't been enough Vanderpump Rules drama post-Scandoval—surely you've heard the babble about whether or not Raquel Leviss is pregnant—it appears that the man behind the Bravo debacle has been spending quite a bit of time with someone new. 

After a few public outings, Tom Sandoval and influencer Karlee Hale have raised eyebrows, and naturally, everyone's curious about what's going on. You'd think Sandoval would lay low before the Vanderpump Rules reunion, but to each his own!

Who is Karlee Hale, Tom Sandoval's alleged new GF?

An Ariana Madix lookalike, Karlee Hale is supposedly a Texas-based influencer, but in the wake of her outings with the infamous Bravolebrity, it appears she's deleted her social media accounts, likely out of fear of backlash. No one has been able to pinpoint exactly how the two met, but perhaps they crossed paths while Sandoval's been on tour with his band, Tom Sandoval and The Most Extras. 

Now, eagle-eyed Bravoholics have been quick to keep their eyes peeled for developments. According to TMZ, the duo (and her pup) were enjoying an evening out at a hotel on Wednesday, May 17. You'll notice Sandoval was incognito, sans stache, wearing a white baseball cap and sunglasses inside. (Of course!) 

Then, a few savvy Twitter users discovered that Sando and his supposed new lady had actually been out on multiple occasions, leading people to believe that they were an item.

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Are Karlee Hale and Tom Sandoval dating?

A rep for Sandoval reached out to TMZ to confirm that they're not together, insisting that the two are simply platonic and have been out and about because his band is touring in the Austin area, where Hale is based. Though it probably goes without saying, no one is 100% convinced. 

Earlier this spring, Sandoval and Leviss broke up after their seven-month-long affair that upended the reality TV genre. “Raquel dipped out. Sandoval is not the one for her,” an insider told Page Six. Everyone's curious about where Raquel is now, and some believe she's staying at her grandparents' in Arizona to avoid backlash about her supposed pregnancy. 

As for Sandoval, a source told The Messenger that romance isn't on his mind at the moment, even if public outings suggest otherwise.

"His relationships with everyone right now are on the back burner, and he's focusing on his music," the anonymous source said. "He's about to turn 40 and trying his best to move away from all of this, but he's struggling at times. Like anyone trying to better themselves, it's one day at a time."

Ariana Madix, Sandoval's ex, is also moving on, having been seen out and about with her new beau, fitness trainer Daniel Wai. 

As for still living with Sandoval, while on Today With Hoda & Jenna on Thursday, May 18, Madix noted: "I’ve been on the phone with a real estate agent. I would like to sell that house and move somewhere, own my own place, on my own, and start a new life.”

We're here for it, Ariana! To see what happens next, catch the first part of the Vanderpump Rules reunion on Wednesday, May 24 at 9/8pm central on Bravo, airing next-day on Peacock.

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

When Danielle’s not writing, you can find her testing out a new recipe, reading a book (suggestions always welcome), or rearranging the furniture in her apartment…again.