The affair became public knowledge last week after Michaele’s soon to be ex-husband Tareq Salahi publicly stated she had been missing and kidnapped. TMZ however reported the next day that the former Real Housewives of DCstar had simply decided to run off with Journey guitarist Neal, whom she had been having a 2-year affair with.
In their first interview since the incident became public, the two are speaking out about their relationship and how they became a couple.
“It’s like a fairy tale. It is, it really is,” said Neal to the Daily Beast about finally being able to be out in the open with Michaele. “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.”
It gets even better as Michaele goes on to reveal that she dated both Tareq and Neal back in the late ’90s, but ultimately decided to choose Tareq after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She apparently believed she would receive better care from him.
“I chose Tareq over Neal because I thought life would be less stressful living on a vineyard in Virginia,” said Michaele. “Life on the road with a rock band…well, I thought I might not have been able to keep up.”
The two admit that the Journey concert at Tareq’s winery in Virgina early this month (Tareq was also in attendance) was a turning point in their affair relationship. “I began to see he really loved me. I had to begin to feel it completely in my soul, ” she said with Neal adding that Michaele told him she loved him that night.
“What happened was…she takes off her wedding ring…right in front of Tareq. Takes it off,” Neal explains. “And then she proceeds to come into my dressing room where I’m sitting down. I have tennis shoes on and she’s like, nine feet tall over me. And she looks down at me like she’s standing on stilts and says ‘I love you, and that’s never gonna change.’ And when that happened I said, ‘Get over here! This has taken 15 years!”
Michaele adds that she wanted to get on the tour bus and run off with Neal that night but ultimately decided to go home with Tareq to avoid humiliating him. Though she would end up doing just that about a week later.
“I didn’t want to hurt anyone, but I realized I was hurting myself,” she said of her decision to finally leave Tareq, whom she refers to as “controlling.” Neal chimes in adding that Tareq would order Michaele around, take away her money, phone and car so she had to be dependent on him, and also tell her when she could and couldn’t leave the house.
“I was going crazy,” says Michaele. “Because when you want to be with someone that bad, you start to go crazy. He [Neal] sent someone to come get me. I got on a plane by myself and I just went. I just walked away from everything.”
There’s also speculation that Neal’s July wedding to wife Ava Fabian might have been more of a spiritual ceremony and not a legally binding wedding.
Last night’s episode of The Rachel Zoe Project featured totally improvised, unscripted drama that left us all on the edges of our seats! Rachel and Rodger fought about nothing until he conceded, Joey started acting like Brad to get more camera time, and Rachel is just so over this whole giving birth thing even though she’s like 8 months pregnant. Oh, and Jerewhinah whined.
Rachel is hanging out with Joey, who has ditched his life and moved to LA to be her bitch for hire. They have a totally spontaneous conversation about her boobs. Joey can’t believe she has them and wants to touch them; suddenly, because she is about to be a mother she is protective of them and it’s hands off. Joey muses that Rachel feels like a sexy woman for the first time in her life.
Rodger assigns Jeremiah the task of decorating their brand new 7,000 square-foot home, since he has a background in design but doesn’t know jack about clothes and they might as well pay him to do something! The catch is he has 10 days to do it! Jeremiah is worried that if he messes this up he’ll lose his job, because succeeding with the decorating is the only way to prove his worth to Rachel.
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Tough Love is back! Matchmaking experts and mother-son duo, Steve and JoAnn Ward, are heading to Miami to assist eight unlucky in love single ladies in finding a man!
Over the course of 10-weeks the ladies will be put through rigorous training as part of Steve’s infamous “boot camp,” which includes intense group therapy sessions to figure out why they are still single and practice dates with eligible bachelors.
The ladies will live together in a house (where the drama is sure to get as hot as the Miami sun) and attend Dating 101. Some will graduate and some will have a difficult time breaking their old habits, but Steve promises if they follow his rules they’ll be ready to fall in love!
Tough Love:Miami premiers on VH1, Sunday, October 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. A one-hour docu-special about Steve and JoAnn Ward: “Tough Love: The Wards Get Real” will air Sunday, October 9 at 9 PM ET/PT
A trailer of the new series is below!
Will you be watching? Thoughts on the show and the cast?
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Ultimately fans of the show didn’t give Metta World Peace a chance as Ron became the first star to be eliminated this season. Ron and his partner/newbie Peta Murgatroyd received the lowest scores on Monday, earning a mere 14 points out of a possible 30.
Ron, 31, however took his elimination in stride. “All I want to know is who’s coming with me?” he joyfully stated after his dismissal.
He then went on to thank his partner. “Peta was great! She was awesome,” said Ron. “I want to say thank you to ABC, Dancing With the Stars and Peta. I had a great time!”
The 11 remaining celebs have less than a week to learn their new dances for Monday, Sept. 26.
On last night’s episode of the Taylor, Taylor, Taylor showReal Housewives of Beverly Hills, Taylor has a drunken meltdown rivaling that of the infamous KKB, leaving everyone running for the private jets to get them out of Crazy Creek, thus ruining another one of Camille’s notorious dinner parties! Adrienne and Paul had their first real seaming fight, and Kim was perhaps three or four sheets to the wind…
Things start off with a tipsy Taylor still crying in the hot tub with Kyle, clutching her wine and sobbing her crocodile tears while Kyle lapped them all up. Camille, who can’t be bothered with anyone else’s issues, goes to lie down. Can I have Camille’s life where hosting a dinner party consists of relaxing in my room while a full staff does all the work. As Kyle is managing Taylor’s emotional state, the smarter, less disillusioned housewives are taking a nap. Kim is in a peaceful slumber, when a (naked) wasted Taylor jumps on her in her underwear and wakes her up to cry some more about how their lives are a mess and filled with problems, unlike Adrienne’s life, which is perfect. Well, except for her hair situation.
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Exactly two years after filing bankruptcy in 2009, to the tune of $11 million in debt, Joe Giudicewithdrew his bankruptcy filing on Monday in a New Jersey court.
The NJ Star-Ledger was the first to break the shocking news regarding the Real Housewives of New Jerseystar. So why did Joe abandon his bankruptcy bid? Well it all has to do with the accusations levied against him and his wife Teresa Giudiceby their bankruptcy trustee John Sywilok.
About a year after they initially filed, the trustee accused them of hiding assets, and concealing income amongst other things. The Giudices were accused of concealing assets including three vehicles, a boat, properties in Hillside, the family pizzeria, a laundromat and apartments. Teresa was also accused of hiding income including a $250,000 advance she received for her bestselling book “Skinny Italian.”
While in court, Joe abandoned his quest to have his millions of dollars in debts forgiven in federal bankruptcy court. The Ledger reports the change of heart came after he invoked his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination during questioning by the trustee for his creditors about assets, income and business interests he is accused of hiding from the court.
The judge signed off on the settlement between Joe and the trustee. The court order reads, “The defendant Giuseppe Giudice acknowledges his desire to resolve the matter without the need for further inquiry or litigation, and without making any further admissions.”
However, the agreement signed by Joe does not apply to Teresa. Though it’s likely Teresa, who has been raking in the dough since filing bankruptcy, will end up dong the same.
So why did Joe make this decision? More than likely to avoid future criminal prosecution. Joe and Teresa were scheduled to face trial over the bankruptcy fraud leveled against them. If they had been found to be in the wrong during that trial, the next steps would have been a criminal case.
“They are really cracking down on bankruptcy fraud,” said bankruptcy lawyer Leonard C. Walczyk. “It is a real hot issue.”
So to sum this up, Joe is now responsible for millions of dollars of debt while Teresa’s bankruptcy case is still working its way through the court system. The trustee is still opposing her discharge of debt. A bankruptcy lawyer reveals Joe would still be responsible for their joint debts even if a judge absolves Teresa’s liability.
As stated, it’s likely Teresa will end up following in Joe’s footsteps, you know, if she wants to avoid criminal prosecution and/or prison.
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Kate Gosselin is grasping at purse strings – literally – to keep herself on television. Her newest scheme to get the viewing public to extend her 15 minutes is to cry about how much she needs the money and TV is the only possible way to support her children in the lifestyle she they have become accustomed to!
Last night was the final episode of Kate Plus 8, so expect Kate to be all over the media pedalling her story to anyone willing to listen in the hopes of procuring a TV gig! The wannabe C-List celebrity says she is concerned about her children, as supposedly upon being told TLC canceled the show “Their first comment was, ‘No more fun trips?’” Kate says. “For them, no more job for Mom means no more trips, no more fun.”
“I read what we apparently make and it’s hysterical,” Kate tells The Huffington Post. “That would be a dream come true times two million. So it’s certainly way less than people think. We are not set for life. You know I need to work as soon as possible — as in yesterday.” Kate continues, explaining: “[I've saved] for a little while. People think we made gazillions of dollars, and we didn’t.”
While Kate insists that she’s “saved,” it sounds like her definition of saving is the same one used by RHONJ’s Teresa Giudice, because a quick peek at her reported yearly expenses (not including gym and tanning!) is not painting the picture of a hard-working mom just trying to provide for her family! Let’s have a look, shall we?
Staff: Kate employs two housekeepers, two full-time nannies, a personal assistant, and a bodyguard! Well, he’s “technically” a bodyguard… The total bill for her hired help? $500,000 per year!
Hair: Kate gets her hair cut, colored, and styled by celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson (and a quick look at his celebrity client roster leaves me wondering why he bothers with Kate), who also stars on What Not To Wear. Allegedly Kate spent $2,000 on one trip to the stylist’s NYC salon! Now times that by how many trips she makes per year!
Home: Kate owns a massive 6,000 square foot, five-bedroom, 1.3 million estate in Wernersville, PA which sits on 24 acres!
School: To put 8 children through private school at $5,000 per month, the yearly tab totals: $500,000!
Shopping: Apparently, Ms. Gosselin who is often photographed with a slew of shopping bags, is quite the shopaholic. And while TLC often picked up the tab for her fashion binges during filming, now she may have to *gasp* stop buying countless inappropriate halter tops and shortie-shorts.
Kate describes herself as a “worker,” recalling that she went back to work when her children were 15-months-old. And singing a very different tune from last week, when she called average jobs like nursing “mediocre,” she now begrudgingly states she’d go back to nursing: “If nothing comes up, I’ll do it. But the scary reality is, 12-hour nursing shifts every day wouldn’t let me continue to provide well for me eight kids.” Well, given how much she is spending on hair, I doubt nursing is going to let her provide for herself – let alone her children!
Kate is also adamant that she won’t be changing her childrens’ lifestyle, as she informed us last night, during the show’s final episode. “I refuse to pull them out of their house. I refuse to pull them out of their school, so I better figure something out to keep them there.”
Kate insists she’s not “bitter” that TLC pulled the plug, even though she would like to finish one (or 10) more seasons. “I like to finish things until they are done but they make their decisions for their reasons and I will move onto bigger and better things,” she explains. “I have a lot of stuff I could be bitter about but I don’t waste time.”
Thoughts on Kate’s expenses and her desperate measures to stay in the public eye? Did you watch the final episode?
“No matter what anyone tells you of course we all wanted to be asked back,”one of the relieved ladies, who wishes to remain anonymous, remarked. “It’s never nice to get fired no matter what job you do. But to be strung along by your boss week after week, pretending the decision had not yet been finalized is just wrong,” she said in response to reports that Bravo execs were placing phone calls to Jill and Alex up until the final moments. Andy Cohen also called the ladies over the weekend, trying to distance himself from the final decision.
And days following the news, Andy finally responded to the controversy via his Bravo blog, stating: “By now you’ve heard the news about cast changes in the RHONY. This was a very tough decision, made with much care and discussion,” he wrote. Then giving props to the people that pay the bills – US – he explained: “In the end we listened to the fans, who expressed a desire for new stories and a major change in a direction.”
While that was as far as Cohen would go in describing the decision to fire certain ladies, it’s rumored that a certain red-headed diva’s demands for a pay raise and filming stipulations were the reason she got the axe! Oh, and that her hubby was completely ovah being apart of the show! And speaking of Jill, she seems to be taking the news in stride – at least publicly!
Writing in her newsletter, which was sent out to fans yesterday (yes, she has some and yes, I get it – for work purposes, of course) she remained aloof, commenting: “There is a lot I want to say and share but I just can’t today.” And after advertising an upcoming appearance, she continues: “Ihope those of you in NYC will come and at that time I will be prepared to share what happened and what my future holds. I can’t thank you enough for all of the emails, tweets, facebook comments, letters and even gifts that you have sent to me. I read everything and although I may not be able to respond to everyone, I want you to know I have been brought to tears by all of the love you have sent to me. I don’t want you to worry though…when one door closes….many doors open.”
And according to reports, Jill is somewhat relieved the show has come to an end: “Jill is done with them and ready to move on,” according to a “source.” “If she’s not good enough to return to ‘Housewives’ she has no interest in making returning guest spots or making a surprise secret appearance in the middle of the Housewife season.” Well only time will tell if the seemingly spot-light obsessed, Zarin, makes good on that promise! Jill also revealed that she will no longer be participating in Bravo’s Housewives Tour.
While Jill seems to have many, um… exciting up-coming ventures and is ready to move forward; poor little Alex is absolutely devastated to lose her day job! Friends of the McCords commented that Silex is ”destroyed by the decision and will do whatever she can to make it right,” and “would be happy to continuing working with Bravo in a new capacity.” A source defending the duo lamented: “Alex and Simon have given their lives to making this show a hit and this is how they are thanked. Not fair.” Well perhaps the reason they were fired is that they have no life outside of the show and their storyline became boring, stale, and pathetic!
After tweeting a Twitter campaign to keep them on the show, citing fan support, Alex and Simon formally released their own statement in an US Weekly exclusive confirming that they are disappointed by the news: “After four seasons on Real Housewives of New York City, Simon and I are moving on. It’s a completely friendly departure and while it was their decision and not ours, we are in close communication with both Bravo and the production company about our next move, in addition to fielding outside offers.”
The fame-grasping duo continues: “It was bittersweet to finally get the call last Saturday but we knew it was on the cards. It’s been a bumpy ride; sometimes great and sometimes not, but it’s been an experience that I don’t regret having done.” If you are an Alex fan, don’t fret they will still be working with Aluxe Home hawking bedding!
As for Kelly, the resident crazy, she has let to comment at all or release any statements, she has been tweeting about health and hotness though, so at least we know she’s still kra-kra!
Finally, The new queen bee of RHONY (and the woman many fans are anticipating as being Bravo’s next target for the psychotic b!*ch edit), Ramona Singer, who likely knew who was getting the axe at the time the interview was conducted, recently spoke with fellow anti-Zarinette Lynn Hudson, and the ladies (and I use that term veeerrryyy loosely) teamed up to talk about, well, what else but the recently relieved of her duties, Jill Zarin!
In the interview, Pinot Singer reveals that she is “true friends” with Alex and Sonja Morgan “off-camera”, so she must have fought really, really hard to convince Andy to keep Alex in the line-up, right? And while her relationships with Alex and Sonja may be legit, her relationship with Jill is pretty much quits.
“I tried very hard with Jill, but Jill is her own worst enemy, something I have told her many times,” she comments of her former co-star and frienemmy. “This past season the raw emotion between us was very real and the damage that was done was irreversible. Jill is an unhappy person, and clearly having a loving husband, fame and fortune doesn’t necessarily make you happy.”
Speaking about the almost completely forgotten Cindy, Ramona describes her as bad TV: “I enjoyed her one-on-one having dinner and things but she just wasn’t right for the show, some people just don’t do well in front of the cameras.”
Well, we will be looking forward to the upcoming season of fresh, new, Zarin-less drama; and at least we still have LuAnn’s one-liners to infuriate us!
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Thoughts on the statements released by the ladies and by Senor Cohen? Do you believe Jill is actually glad to be done with the show? Do you believe this is the last time we will see her on Bravo? Are you excited about Season 5 of RHONY?