It's been over a year, but the reality series Vanderpump Rules is finally making its way back to us! Unfortunately, the series could not resume production in the midst of COVID-19, but, like Lisa Vanderpump says in the Season 9 premiere, "We're back, baby!" Yes, the cast is returning (with the exception of a few who either left or were fired).
It's evident that not much has changed, in that most of the cast are still acting like dramatic children. However, it seemed like one person was ready to take an adult step in their life. In Episode 2, James Kennedy talks with Tom Sandoval about his plans to propose to his girlfriend of over five years, Raquel Leviss, during the gang's trip to Palm Springs. On May 14, while filming Episode 3, the 29-year-old reality television star popped the question to Raquel.
After she said yes, Raquel took to social media to announce the engagement. Along with a photo of her diamond engagement ring, she wrote, "James proposed at the iconic Empire Polo Fields of 'RACHELLE' Friday night... and I said YES! I'm over the Coachella moon #RACHELLA." Fans were hoping to see the wedding this season, but it seems there may not be a wedding date after all.
Unfortunately, James Kennedy and Raquel Leviss called off their engagement.
Despite much of Season 9 showcasing the newly engaged couple's relationship, it seems there will not be a wedding for the pair after all. After getting engaged in May, the pair announced in a joint statement on Instagram that they were no longer together.
"After these five wonderful years we had together, we decided we have two different goals and made the decision to call off the engagement," Raquel and James said on Dec. 5, posting one last photo of the two of them, seemingly taken at the Vanderpump Rules reunion. "We love each other very much, but we aren’t in love anymore. We want nothing but the best for each other so please keep any thoughts positive. Sending love."
Both of them have turned off the comments on their posts.
At this time, there are no other details on their split — though it's possible we'll see more of their lives post-breakup on Season 10 of Vanderpump Rules.
James popped the question in a Coachella-style proposal.
After five years together, James got down on one knee at a Coachella-themed event in May. Months later, the pair were already planning their wedding, and Raquel dished to E! about being engaged.
"I knew the proposal was going to come. I just didn't know, like, when James was going to propose exactly so I was just thrilled, like over the moon, when he did, and it was so thoughtful," she said. "Everything that he put into it and I'm just so happy. I'm glowing."
According to Us Weekly, on July 18, the cast celebrated James and Raquel’s engagement during the last night of filming the show, and James even DJ'd the party. At the time, it seemed as though all was well with the couple.
Tune into Vanderpump Rules on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST on Bravo.