Tom Schwartz‘s love life – particularly his romance with Jo Wenberg – has fascinated Vanderpump Rules viewers since his split from Katie Maloney.
Schwartz and Maloney announced their split in March 2022, months before filming Season 10. Schwartz later surprised Bravo fans by meeting up with them Rachel Leviss at Sheana Shay And Brock Davies‘ Wedding in August 2023 – five months after Maloney filed for divorce.
After it was announced in March 2023 that Leviss was having an affair with Leviss Tom SandovalFans and cast members alike wondered if Schwartz was a cover for the infidelity. Maloney specifically pointed to a trip Sandoval and Leviss took with Schwartz and Wenberg as possible evidence.
For his part, Schwartz denied kissing Leviss to distract from her secret romance with Sandoval. He also defended his connection with Wenberg, which apparently developed after his snogging with Leviss.
“NO, [Jo] was not [my girlfriend]. Especially not at this point. It actually grew into a relationship or a friends with benefits thing with well-defined boundaries,” Schwartz said during Part 1 of the Season 10 reunion, which aired in May 2023. “There we were each other’s happy places.”
Keep scrolling for a full breakdown of Schwartz and Wenberg’s relationship:
Schwartz and Wenberg sparked romance rumors after Instagram footage of the duo at a concert surfaced.
During an episode of Vanderpump Rules, Schwartz Shay revealed that Wenberg was staying with him. “[I haven’t hooked up with Jo]. Not even a little. Not even a micro moment. Jo is my girl,” he said in a scene filmed in July 2022.
In the same month, the TomTom co-founder explained his connection to Wenberg.
“Jo is a badass hairdresser. I think she’s a beautiful soul,” he said exclusively Us weekly. “We don’t live or date together, but she’s just someone I really respect and she’s a really cool person, and we just hang together.”
At the time, Schwartz admitted he wasn’t ready for anything serious, adding, “I’ve just come out of a 12-year relationship. I can’t be in a committed relationship – I can’t dive back into another relationship. It wouldn’t be fair to the other person because I’m kind of busy with business and my family and kind of falling in love with myself again.”
Unaired footage from the tenth season of Vanderpump Rules offered a glimpse of how Maloney found out Schwartz was living with Wenberg.
“I went to Tom’s today to take the dogs there and there’s a toothbrush with lipstick and a stack of jewelry in the bathroom. For example that the fk is this st? He says, ‘That belongs to Jo,'” she said Lala Kent and Leviss during a never-before-seen installment of the hit Bravo series. “First, Kristen [Doute’s] Your best friend. Why doesn’t she live down the street with Kristen?”
A month later, Maloney took to social media to eclipse Wenberg. “Jo is creepy. I mean none of us could bear to be around her. “Her energy is comparable to that of a crack,” she wrote in an Instagram comment at the time. “But when Tom and I announced our divorce almost a year ago, that was the last thing she wrote to us[ed] I said, “I love you and I support your inner thoughts and visions / live in the moment, you are a gem and I have always respected you.” I love you. ‘Xo Yo.’ She’s a psychopath and I’m going to set her on fire too.”
Additional unreleased footage showed Schwartz speaking about his roommate at the time. “I think I have a bit of a crush on her, but I’m going to put that down because I’ve just gotten out of a 12-year relationship and I don’t want it to be awkward. So yeah, no one but the entire nation will ever know,” he said in front of cameras.
Schwartz defended Wenberg when addressing Maloney’s comments about the hairdresser at the hair salon Vanderpump Rules Goodbye season 10.
“Katie, don’t do this, don’t slander her. You will get a cease and desist order if you keep attacking her in the comments.” He told his ex-wife during the Bravo special.
In footage shared by a Bravo fan account, Wenberg was seen filming with Schwartz. Tom Sandoval, James Kennedy And Ally Lewber. For her part, Maloney responded in writing in the comments section. “I can feel that energy from here. Oops.”
Schwartz shared several photos of him and Wenberg at a hair salon changing his hair blonde.