Tom Sandoval and James Kennedy have both starred on Vanderpump Rules for years — but their bromance has faced its fair share of drama.
While the twosome were friends before Kennedy joined the cast of the Bravo series in season 3, their friendship on camera got off to a rocky start when the England native began sleeping with Sandoval’s ex-girlfriend Kristen Doute.
During the season 2 Pump Rules reunion, which aired in 2014, the Schwartz & Sandy’s co-owner claimed that he and Kennedy had plans to work together on music and become roommates before he found out about the DJ’s relationship with Doute.
Doute, for her part, claimed in a February 2015 Bravo blog post that Kennedy was both her and Sandoval’s friend — and their relationship blossomed in Sandoval’s absence. Doute alleged that Sandoval gave Kennedy an ultimatum — continue their friendship or keep dating her. While Doute claimed that Kennedy initially chose Sandoval over her, they eventually found their way back together.
While Kennedy and Doute called it quits in September 2015, Sandoval moved on with costar Ariana Madix and rekindled his bromance with Kennedy shortly after. The two went on to support each other in their personal and professional lives throughout the show — with Kennedy even opening for Sandoval’s band, Tom Sandoval & the Most Extras, in summer 2022.
However, their friendship hit the ultimate snag in March 2023 when news broke that Sandoval had an affair with costar Raquel Leviss — Kennedy’s ex-fiancée. The former SUR busboy quickly took to social media to slam the TomTom co-founder for his actions. (Sandoval was in a nine-year relationship with Madix at the time.)
Keep scrolling for all of Sandoval and Kennedy’s ups and downs over the years;