Rachel Leviss Discusses Challenges of Dating After Scandoval Drama

Leviss finds dating difficult after Scandoval, but is exploring new relationships with caution

Rachel Leviss. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, JESSE GRANT/GETTY)
Rachel Leviss. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, JESSE GRANT/GETTY)

Rachel Leviss, the 29-year-old former star of “Vanderpump Rules,” is opening up about her return to the dating scene following the highly publicized Scandoval drama.

In a recent episode of her podcast, “Rachel Goes Rogue,” Leviss candidly shared her thoughts with guest Renee Ash from “Love Undercover” on what she seeks in future relationships.

Leviss’s affair with her former co-star Tom Sandoval came to light last year, causing quite a stir among fans and fellow cast members.

Since then, she has been focusing on self-improvement, taking a year-long hiatus from dating to work on herself. Now, as she dips her toes back into the dating pool, she is doing so with caution.

“I’ve taken a year off of dating to work on myself,” Leviss revealed during the podcast. “And now that I’m, you know, getting back out there and meeting new people – I met someone who I had awesome communication with, and he was very emotionally intelligent and emotionally regulated, and it just didn’t work out.”

Leviss continued to explain that although her initial post-hiatus relationship didn’t pan out, she has recently started seeing someone new.

Rachel Leviss. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, TODD WILLIAMSON/BRAVO VIA GETTY)
Rachel Leviss. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, TODD WILLIAMSON/BRAVO VIA GETTY)

She described this new relationship as a fun fling with a very kind and sweet individual, a stark contrast to her previous toxic relationships.

Although she didn’t explicitly name him during the podcast, it is widely believed she is referring to businessman Matthew Dunn, whom she was confirmed to be dating in April.

“I’ve kind of been seeing somebody else and it’s been fun and a fling — he’s just so sweet, so kind, and it really does make a difference,” Leviss added.

Ash agreed, emphasizing the importance of recognizing and appreciating kindness in men, especially after experiencing past unhealthy relationships.

Leviss shared that transitioning to a relationship with a kind person has been challenging for her. Due to her history with toxic and abusive relationships, she finds it difficult to envision a long-term future with a “nice guy.”

“It’s hard for me to be with a sweet guy and think of it as a serious long term thing,” she admitted. “Like, I don’t see him as my husband.”

Ash resonated with Leviss’s sentiments, discussing how she is also trying to normalize receiving kindness from men instead of justifying bad behavior.

Rachel Leviss. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, STEVE GRANITZ/FILMMAGIC)
Rachel Leviss. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, STEVE GRANITZ/FILMMAGIC)

They both agreed that experiencing kindness and emotional regulation in partners is essential for understanding what they truly want in a relationship.

“I think we need to experience that sweetness and that other side of the spectrum in order to find a good balance,” Leviss said.

Following the fallout from Scandoval, Leviss took a significant step towards prioritizing her mental health by checking herself into a mental health rehabilitation center in Arizona called The Meadows.

Since completing her treatment, she has not returned to “Vanderpump Rules,” choosing instead to focus on her well-being.

In April, PEOPLE confirmed Leviss’s budding relationship with Dunn.

Although they are still in the early stages of getting to know each other, Leviss’s publicist clarified that it is too soon to put any labels on their relationship.

They met a little over a month ago and have been spending time together as friends.

Leviss recently shared a glimpse of her time with Dunn on social media, posting a clip of them riding an ATV together.

She captioned the video with “More of this, please,” indicating her enjoyment of their time together.

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