Tom Sandoval reveals the secret of his friendship with Tom Schwartz

Tom Sandoval, Tom Schwartz


Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz.

Tom Sandoval opened up about his friendship with his Vanderpump Rules co-star Tom Schwartz.

In March 2022, the former SUR bartender spoke the So Bad It’s Good Podcast with Ryan Bailey to explain how he makes things work with his co-star and business partner.

In the interview, Sandoval confirmed that his friendship with his tom-tom partner isn’t just made for TV. “The reality is we’re very, very close,” he said. “We text several times almost every day. We are very, very, very close.”

Sandoval revealed what he likes about Tom Schwartz – and what frustrates him

Tom Sandoval, Tom Schwartz

GettyTom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz.

On the podcast, Sandoval revealed that he and Schwartz are “committed” to working together, but they also hang out together regularly. “I think what we have as friends is balance,” he said.

The Tom Sandoval and Most Extras singer also downplayed a season 9 storyline involving Schwartz’s wife, Katie Maloney, which made it seem like Schwartz was his “puppet.”

“This whole steamrolling thing just isn’t exactly who we are,” he said. “Katie talks about how I understand it when people go home and vent. I make Schwartz air. He annoys me to death sometimes. I have to get him out of the dressing room, he passed out, he lost his cell phone. He’s mad at me for not coming back… I’m not good at group chats or emails. Even to get the band for their wedding, he showed up in flip flops and couldn’t get in [the bar] Good times at Davey Wayne.”

“We help balance each other,” Sandoval continues. “And we have a great working relationship. He is cheered on, I calm him down. It is the same. It’s a very loving, nurturing relationship together. We really have that no idea is a bad idea friendship. Let’s take it for a spin. Lets see what happens. Let’s do it, and if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work.”

Sandoval also revealed the idea behind the duo’s retro style Tom’s Good Lovin Whiskey advert was all black.

“That was Schwartz’s idea to do these great Playboy commercials in the ’70s,” he said. “He plants that seed and I’m going to say, ‘Alright. We order vintage suits and I bring photographer Kelly and Tamara from the Fancy AF photo shoot. We’re going to the Shag Chateau and doing the set.’ That’s why we work well together. He also helps me when I have ideas. He helps them get through.”

As for the perception that Schwartz is the “lazier” of the two when it comes to business, Sandoval defended his bestie.

“Schwartz is more email and text oriented. I’d rather call you. I’m more face to face,” Sandoval said. “Schwartz is more early in the morning, I’m more late in the evening. He will arrive at Tom Tom’s around 7pm and I will arrive at 8:30am, we will be together for an hour, then he will leave and I will stay for an hour. You know what I mean? Or I close it. That’s why we work well together. We are very different people, but we love many of the same things. Schwartz is very expressive in a way, but unlike me. …. We work very well together.”

Sandoval & Schwartz took a break from their friendship on Vanderpump Rules last season

Tom Schwartz Tom Sandoval

GettyTom Schwartz and Tom Sandoval

Not everyone is a fan of the toms’ tight bond. Last season, Maloney said Sandoval likes to dress up Schwartz like a “doll” in matching outfits, and she called the move “creepy.”

On “Vanderpump Rules,” the duo’s upcoming cash deal, Schwartz & Sandy’s, caused tension between them. At the “Best Friends For Never” episode On the Bravo reality show, Sandoval even noted that he’s worked hard to “brand” the Toms’ friendship. During an argument with Maloney, he was credited with generating thousands of dollars in income for the Schwartz household.

“Sometimes I have to deal with Schwartz’s insecurities,” he said subsequently. “But I’m always pushing it to take it to the next level. … I worked my ass off creating business opportunities for both of us.”

Schwartz later said Us Weekly that the fights between his wife and Sandoval got “ugly” and “caused a lot of tension” in his relationship with his best friend/business partner.

The Bravo BFFs eventually decided to take a break from hanging out outside of work, but it didn’t last long. Schwartz and Maloney recently announced their divorce.

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