VANDERPUMP Rules star Katie Maloney is continuing to live in her marital home with Tom Schwartz as he crashes with his BFF, Tom Sandoval, The Sun can exclusively reveal.
Yesterday, the Bravo couple announced they are ending their marriage following 12 years together as she felt he never “stepped up” as her husband.
Their breakup comes just over two years after they purchased their first house together – a $1.9M property in the family-friendly Los Angeles neighborhood, Valley Village.
As the pair is headed toward a divorce after more than five years of marriage, a source close to them revealed to The Sun that they will have to give up their home in the process.
"They have to sell the house because it's too big and too expensive for either of them to live there alone, it doesn't make sense for them.
“Katie is very much in the driver's seat of this breakup so whatever she says goes. So she's still at the house while Tom's been in and out.”
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In 2019, the TomTom co-owner and the podcast host purchased a 3,500-square-foot house in the suburbs of Los Angeles for just over $1.9M.
The four-bedroom, five-bathroom home has a very similar modern farmhouse exterior to his best friend Tom Sandoval's pad which is just down the street.
The insider claimed that Tom, 39, has been heavily leaning on his close pal and business partner for support during this tough time and has even crashed at the home he shares with his longtime girlfriend and fellow Vanderpump Rules star, Ariana Madix.
“He's been relying on Sandoval a lot for moral support and has stayed with him some nights too to get away.
“The Tom's are sticking together, to no one's surprise since he's never been a fan of Katie's.
“But Ariana is being a really good friend to Katie and has her back,” the informant concluded.
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On Monday, The Sun first exclusively revealed that the longtime couple had called it quits and one day later – they each announced their split in emotional Instagram posts.
An insider told The Sun: “Katie and Tom have split and gotten back together and split and gotten back together. They’re currently not together, no.
“She hasn't filed for divorce yet but it’s been discussed. They’re just taking time apart right now and seeing what happens.”
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The source added that the exact events that led up to the split is "Katie’s story to tell" and ultimately, the time apart is "her decision."
“She feels the fault is on him and he had his chances to be better but he didn’t step up to the challenge.
“Now she is focused on her own happiness, something that wasn’t prioritized in their marriage.”
In separate posts shared at the same time on Tuesday to their respective Instagram pages, Katie and Tom confirmed the sad news to their fans.
Tom's post had a much sadder tone, where he wrote: "Well, this sucks. How am I supposed to capture 12 years of love in a f**kin' Instagram caption?
"I'm not ready to use the 'D' word bc it's too painful. Yes my heart aches."
He continued saying there's "no bitterness."
"You'll be in my heart," he added in the three long messages before sharing some images. "On my a**? Not so much."
While Katie said in her gut-wrenching March 15th post: "I never thought I would have to make an announcement like this.
"But I feel it's important that I'm open about my life with you.
"After 12 years on an adventure through life together Tom and I are ending our marriage."
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The reality star continued: "This ending is not met with resentment or animosity, no sides to choose
"We have deep admiration for one another that will always remain and we cherish our friendship," she added, noting they were now on "different paths."
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