After news broke in March 2023 that Leviss was having an affair with Tom Sandoval, fans and cast members alike wondered if Schwartz was a front for the infidelity. Maloney specifically pointed to a trip Sandoval and Leviss took with Schwartz and Wenberg as potential proof.
“No, [Jo] wasn’t [my girlfriend]. Especially not at that point. It did evolve into a situationship or a friends with benefits thing with clearly defined boundaries,” Schwartz said during part 1 of the season 10 reunion, which aired in May 2023. “We were both coming out of long-term relationships and for a minute there we were each other’s happy places.”
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Schwartz and Wenberg sparked romance rumors after Instagram footage surfaced of the duo at a concert.
During an episode of Vanderpump Rules, Schwartz revealed to Shay that Wenberg was staying with him. “[I haven’t hooked up with Jo]. Not even a little bit. Not even a micro moment. Jo’s my girl,” he said in a scene that was filmed in July 2022.
“Jo is a badass hairstylist. I think she’s a beautiful soul,” he exclusively told Us Weekly. “We’re not living together and we’re not dating either, but she’s just someone who I appreciate on a deep level and she’s a really cool human being, and we’re just hanging out.”
At the time, Schwartz admitted he wasn’t ready for anything serious yet, adding, “I just got out of a 12-year relationship. I cannot be in a committed — I can’t dive back into another relationship. It wouldn’t be fair to the other person ‘cause I’m kind of consumed with, like, business and my family and I’m kind of falling in love with myself all over again.”
“I went to Tom’s today to bring the dogs there and in the bathroom, there’s a toothbrush with lipstick on it and a pile of jewelry. Like, that the f—k is this s—t? He’s like, ‘It’s Jo’s,’” she told Lala Kent and Leviss during a Never Before Seen edition of the hit Bravo series. “First of all, Kristen [Doute’s] her best f—king friend. Why isn’t she staying at Kristen’s down the street?”
One month later, Maloney took to social media to throw shade at Wenberg. “Jo is spooky. I mean none of us could stand to be around her. Her energy is on par with a crackhead,” she wrote in an Instagram comment at the time. “But when Tom and I announced our divorce almost a year ago the last thing she text[ed] me was, ‘I love you, and I’m so supporting of your inner thoughts and visions / live in the moment, you’re a gem and I’ve always respected you. I love you. Xo Jo.’ She is a psycho and I will also light her on fire.”
More unseen footage showed Schwartz discussing his then-roommate. “I think I have a little bit of a crush on her, but I am going to suppress that because I just got out of a 12-year relationship, and I don’t want to make things awkward. So yeah, no one will ever know that except for the entire nation,” he told cameras.