Michaele Salahi Reveals ‘I Was Going Crazy’ and ‘Walked Away From Everything’
Michaele Salahi and “Journey” guitarist Neal Schon have finally broken their silence about their whirlwind affair, and how the reality star left her husband, Tareq, in the dust.
“It’s like a fairy tale. It is, it really is,” says a giddy Schon, adding, “I’m very happy, very happy after waiting for her for 15 years. Now I want to get beyond all this media hype that Tareq has put out there. It’s really quite embarrassing.” As revealed in Diane Dimond’s book, “Cirque du Salahi,” Michaele had dated both Schon and Salahi in the ’90s.
Now in an interview with Dimond on The Daily Beast, Michaele explains, “I chose Tareq over Neal because I thought life would be less stressful living on a vineyard in Virginia. Life on the road with a rock band … well, I thought I might not have been able to keep up.” Regardless, the former “Real Housewives of D.C.” star still had feelings for Schon, and secretly kept in touch with him via text.
After a Journey concert on September 4 in Virginia that Michaele attended with Tareq, the alleged White House crasher knew it was time to run off with Schon. “Neal was like, ‘Are we going to do this forever?’ And I said, ‘No, we’re not,’” explains Michaele. “I began to see he really loved me. I had to begin to feel it completely — in my soul.”
Schon says Michaele took off her wedding ring backstage while they were briefly alone in his dressing and told him, “I love YOU. And, that’s never gonna change. And when that happened I said, ‘Get over here! This has taken 15 years!’”
The Journey guitarist wanted Michaele to get on the tour bus with him that night. “I was pretty close to doing it,” notes Michaele, adding, “But then I thought, No, that’s not who I am. That would be public humiliation for Tareq.” Still, she assured Schon, “We will be together. I promise.”
In the Daily Beast interview, Michaele says she knew it was over with Tareq. “I didn’t want to hurt anyone, but I realized I was hurting myself.” Then last Tuesday, as Tareq went to his Oasis Vineyard, Schon reached out to Michaele and said, “I don’t want to wait anymore,” and arranged for her to meet up with him on tour.
For her part, Michaele admits, “I was going crazy. Because when you want to be with someone that bad, you start to go crazy. He sent someone to come get me. I got on a plane by myself and I just went.” She adds, “I just walked away from everything.”
After Michaele ran off with the rocker, Tareq filed for divorce, and claimed Schon taunted him by sending a photo of his penis. What do you think about Michaele and Schon revealing everything that went down?