James Kennedy set a new standard for reality TV proposals in Season 9 of Vanderpump Rules. James proposed to Raquel Leviss at Coachella, nearly five years after they first met at a New Year’s Eve party.
After his opulent proposal, they celebrated their engagement with family and friends in Santa Ynez, California. It didn’t take long for their happily ever after to come to an end, however. James and Raquel announced their breakup in the fall of 2021.
As soon as the Vanderpump Rules reunion aired, James was seen with another woman who was not his ex-girlfriend Raquel. What do you think, James Kennedy? Those are the facts.
Does ‘Vanderpump Rules’ star James Kennedy have a new girlfriend?
James Kennedy celebrated his 30th birthday in Las Vegas, where he documented his trip on Instagram. He was briefly seen holding hands with an unknown woman in an Instagram video.
Rumors began to circulate about Raquel, and she appeared to respond with a post of her own. Before the Season 9 reunion premiere, Raquel Leviss hinted that she was on the verge of “mental breakdown,” according to a story.
Raquel later thanked her fans for their concern and confirmed her well-being, but Vanderpump Rules fans continued to express their outrage on social media. “Raquel is better off without James, but it still stings when someone you were with moves on so quickly like this — hope she’s alright today,” one Redditor wrote.
James Kennedy confirmed that he does not have a new girlfriend after his split from Raquel.
According to a source who spoke to E! News, James hasn’t been seeing the brunette since he posted a picture of her online. In the wake of his split from Raquel, James is still unmarried. “She’s someone new he’s been casually seeing,” the source said of his nameless companion.
Another Vanderpump Rules insider provided additional information to UsWeekly. Apparently, “James went to Vegas with a group of six friends” for his birthday, according to their source. “He really wanted a fun trip to Vegas because he’s been down about the breakup and busy working.”
Why did James Kennedy and Raquel Leviss break up?
Scheana Shay’s podcast, Scheananigans, aired a Jan. 7 episode in which Raquel explained that she and James broke up for a variety of reasons. ‘There wasn’t one thing exactly’ Raquel confessed to her co-star.
As far back as I can remember, I’ve always felt that my parents haven’t fully accepted James as a member of the family. In the end, my family and he were no longer able to get along.” Raquel expressed concern that her relationship with her family would be strained as a result of the way James treated others.
During the Season 9 reunion, Raquel returned her ex-$100,000 fiancé’s engagement ring, according to reports that the two have officially ended their relationship.
Check out the Vanderpump Rules reunion, Parts 1 and 2, on Bravo on Tuesday, January 25th, and Wednesday, January 26th, at 9 p.m.