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The only thing worse than two desperate famewhores is two desperate famewhores in the middle of a desperate for media attention divorce! Tareq Salahi and Michaele Salahi have been slinging arrows at each other in the press for months ever since Michaele soon-to- not-be-Salahi ditched her broke hubby for Journey guitarist Neal Schon.
It was the first of many decisions that caused the former Real Housewives of DC stars to get TMZ on speed dial and excoriate each other daily by releasing salacious details and back and forth he-said/she-said nonsense — including an underwear auction! If it weren’t so entertaining, I’d be annoyed.
In the latest, Tareq has released legal documents alleging Michaele lived beyond her means (he’s one to talk!) and was having an affair! Responding to Michaele’s divorce petition, which accuses him of abuse, Tareq decided to call his soon-to-be-ex-wife out for lying claiming she fabricated her past as a Redskins Cheerleader and pretended to have M.S. when in fact she doesn’t!
Adding to the accusations, Tareq’s documents state Michaele “lived beyond her means, routinely spending thousands of bucks on hair extensions and beauty treatments and throwing lavish parties for him — in one case $16k.” Ok, that’s a bit pot meet kettle, but moving on…
Tareq is also insisting that Michaele and Neal were involved in an long-term affair, citing some of Neal’s own comments as proof. In a total TMI gross-out comment, Tareq claims Neal boasted about having sex with Michaele in his dressing room while she was still married.
Tareq is using the following quote taken from Neal to substantiate his claims. Neal reportedly said of Michaele, “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 her! This has taken 15 years.'” Oh lord, can these three just go away already?
My take: Tareq is apparently desperate for spousal support or something and trying his darndest to look like the bamboozled and taken advantage of husband! Sadly, he’s more like the man who cried wolf and most of us don’t believe him for an instant!
DO YOU BELIEVE TAREQ’S CLAIMS THAT MICHAELE WAS THE SPEND THRIFT ONE IN THEIR RELATIONSHIP OR ARE THEY BOTH TO BLAME? DO YOU BELIEVE MICHAELE AND NEAL WERE HAVING AN AFFAIR?
Santa Claus came early, y’all! Forget about that cookbook, those cozy socks or that chic handbag you’re hoping to see under the tree — Real Housewives of D.C.’s famewhorusband Tareq Salahi has given you the most wonderful gift. His belly could definitely shake like a bowl full of jelly… ironic, no?
Tareq is finally responding to estranged wife Michaele Salahi’s recent allegations. It’s humorous, it’s mythical, it’s everything you would think it could possibly be. Tareq is quite “fra-gee-lay” in the following interview. Perhaps he should have asked Santa for a leg lamp instead of a plastic, White House party-crashing bride.
Tareq, who has filed for divorce from his better other half, spoke with the Huffingtonpost.com defending himself against Michaele’s claims of abuse. He begins, “She’s a piece of work. First it was she found true love with Neil Schon [of] Journey and now that she lawyered up, they are grasping for a way out so she doesn’t have to pay up her side of our financial obligations.” Don’t stop believin’, Tareq! She’ll come clean about her cheating ways and you’ll get your money! Will the Journey jokes ever get old (Perhaps in 2012, but not yet!)?
Tareq is still in contact with his former lady love. He says, “When I spoke to Michaele yesterday, she said she didn’t know her lawyer wrote those things and was sorry… I doubt that. She is very calculating and devious. So now, she says, after 12 years, I’m suddenly controlling or abusive… [w]hen in fact I loved her, and did everything to support my wife and put her on a pedestal to make her a shining star.”
“I really think Michaele thinks she’s still on Real Housewives and needs to create drama,” Tareq continues. Well, someone certainly does, but I won’t name names! Seriously, why did these two part ways (besides that whole “she became a Journey groupie” situation)? It’s like they are the same person.
Tareq is quick to note that his wife is famous (poor choice of words) for twisting reality in her favor. He even goes as far to call her a liar, reminding ‘fans’ that “Michaele is a well-known and documented liar from The Real Housewives of D.C., to our personal life with her other false statements such as being a Redskins cheerleader,Victoria’s Secret model, college graduate, her M.S… Everything was a lie in our marriage.” So, Tareq was just as fooled as the rest of us about Michaele’s cheerleading past? Seriously? Even the Redskins knew she was never on the sidelines, but Tareq… he coveted those fake pom-poms until his marriage fell apart. I’m not even going to touch his accusations that the M.S. claim was a lie. Shame… on both of them.
It’s sad, really. Poor Tareq is just an innocent party, victimized by his soon to be ex-wife’s web of deceit. He reveals, “Michaele abandoned her home, committed adultery and lied to all her friends. Michaele lied about her real home [when] filming the Real Housewives.” Truly? Michaele is the only one who lied about her real home? How tragic for Tareq to spend a full Bravo season filming and pseudo-living in a house that wasn’t. Even. His. He must be devastated to learn that truth. I bet Michelle Obama isn’t her half-sister either. Tareq must feel so betrayed — Why else would he have crashedattended that White House dinner?
It gets better. Tareq was totally blinded by Michaele. He thought she was “just a small town girl.” Too much? While it’s hard for him to admit, he shares, “Michaele lied to her husband about attending college. Michaele lied to her own friends, family and cast about an eating disorder. Michaele lied to the public about loving our dog Rio. In short, nearly everything [she] told me was an apparent lie.” Wait, she lied about not eating?!? I don’t buy it. However, when she starts pretending she loves a dog when she’s clearly a cat lady person, that’s when I draw the line. B*tch.
So, let’s break this down. Tareq was a doting, clueless husband, who is not at all shady or fame hungry while Michaele was brilliant enough to make up these falsities on her own. Sure, and he’s just friends with Michael Lohan because they share the same hobbies. I don’t know about you, but I’m about to pour a glass of Oasis wine and watch an episode of “Lifestyles of the Chubby and Irrelevant” if you’d care to join me. Those Salahis, bringing the Christmas cheer all year long!
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF TAREQ SALAHI’S INTERVIEW? WAS HE IN THE DARK ABOUT MICHAELE’S ALLEGED LIES? DO YOU THINK EITHER OF THEM WILL EVER JUST GO AWAY? 🙂
Last week, Tareq’s fameseeking attorney sent a letter to the attorneys of Michaele and Neal, claiming they “profited unfairly off Tareq’s misery… and sabotaged his career in the process,” thus owing him $17M in retribution! CAREER?! What career?
Tareq also claims Neal emailed him photos of his penis, rubbed their affair in his face by having on-stage make-out sessions and taunted him through the press with a $10,000 lingerie shopping spree after he sold his wife’s nether-things online. Tareq, I feel your pain, we were all brutalized by the thought of Michaele purchasing thongs! Ick.
According to Tareq’s lawyer, the “large-scale publicity” Journey received when Michaele left him for Neal “skyrocketed ticket sales for Journey’s most recent tour — all while torpedoing several pending TV deals Tareq had previously made with his wife” before she ditched him for someone more famous.
Tareq is also scaring us all by claiming the love-birds have already started taking steps to get their own reality show! And because of all the lost anticipated revenue resulting from Michael’s affair he is now $2M in debt. Which is why he believes he deserves a $17M settlement for “suffering” (and to keep him warm at night as I am guessing he’ll be single for many, many years to come otherwise!).
As for Michaele and Neal, TMZ caught up with the happy-seeming couple at Dulles International Airport where they were coming into town for Thanksgiving. Neal’s reaction upon learning about the $17M extortion attempt demand? He burst out laughing!
Needless to say the very well-off Journey guitarist finds Tareq’s actions ridiculous. “That’s pretty amazing — I think some people just don’t like to work,” Neal sniped. “I think it’s just funny,” Michaele commented on Tareq’s latest cray-cray scheme. “I heard about it, it just can’t be real.”
While she is DC, Michaele revealed she plans to get together with fellow loony, Tareq — and I’m sure we’ll be hearing about it in the tabloids very soon! “We’re going to have a settlement meeting. We already have moved forward with our lives, so it’s just kinda, going through the motions and getting closure with it,” she shared, adding that the divorce is definitely moving forward because her marriage was over “the day” she left Tareq.
“My heart has always been with Neal,” she gushed. I guess that means absolutely no regrets about abandoning Tareq for someone with actual money and an actual career.
[Photo Credit: Beiny/Slater/WENN.com]
THOUGHTS ON THE SALAHI’S LATEST ATTEMPTS TO STAY IN THE MEDIA? DO YOU BELIEVE TAREQ’S CASE HAS ANY MERIT? WOULD YOU WATCH A REALITY SHOW STARRING MICHAELE AND NEAL?
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.
The latest with the former Real Housewives of DC stars is the revelation of their prenup. TMZ, who seems to have Tareq on speed dial or is it the other way around? obtained a copy of the prenup which pretty much reveals Michaele is screwed.
According to the prenuptial agreement, if Michaele commits adultery, she automatically loses her right to any money or other property they accumulated during their 8-year marriage. Even worse for Michaele, she’s also forfeited her right to spousal support by moving out of the home they shared. But then again, is Tareq really worth anything these days?
Meanwhile, days after Michaele ran off with Journey guitarist Neal Schon, Tareq revealed the dog he once shared with Michaele has passed away.
According to Tareq, the Doberman Pinscher died of a broken heart. Yes you read that right. The dog was apparently so depressed that he couldn’t get out of bed after Michaele abandoned him. The dog passed away on Sunday.
The dog reportedly suffered a heart attack several weeks ago, and had been on meds ever since. Tareq of course is hysterical and blames Michaele whom he recently referred to as a “groupie slut” in a recent interview.
TMZ also managed to obtain some home videos which shows Michaele laying in bed with the dog just days before she disappeared. I can’t help but wonder whether or not this whole public debacle might be leading to a vomit-inducing sex tape.
And finally, Neal’s wife Ava Fabian who married Neal just two months ago is now speaking out about the affair. Ava, a 1986 Playboy Playmate, reveals she is absolutely devastated over the affair.
Ava, who says she was with Neal right before he went on tour, tells TMZ, “This is very painful for me. I’m very hurt.” TMZ adds that Ava and Neal tied the knot in Paris just this past July. Ava however makes it clear she has no plans of taking Neal back.
Photos of Ava below as well as a photo of Michaele on stage with Journey during a recent performance.
Tareq is reportedly telling friends he can never trust Michaele again and will never take her back. He apparently believes she’ll eventually get tired of Neal and try to come back to him. TMZ adds that Tareq has already changed the locks on the home he shares with Michaele and the winery.
And it gets even better folks as TMZ also posted a video (the video is below) that shows a very clueless Tareq cheering on his wife as she plants a kiss on Neal. The video was shot just weeks ago during labor day weekend when Journey was in Virginia for a show.
As reported yesterday, Michaele and Neal have been carrying on with a 2-year affair. The Salahis’ presence at the concert was no accident as Michaele had been keeping in touch with Neal days leading up to the show. He even sent her the following text days before the concert: “I will be there on the 4th for a make-up date. Solo!!!! Can u?”
Fast forward to today and Tareq is mending his broken heart with the help of non-famewhore Michael Lohan! Aka Lindsay Lohan’s daddy.
By complete and total chance, TMZ caught up with Tareq and Michael as they ate dinner in Washington, D.C. Thursday night. Tareq reiterated that he felt “betrayed,” by Neal, who he considered a good friend. As for Michael, he assured us that his friendship is “the real deal.” You know, as long as there’s TMZ cameras around!
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST? ARE YOU OVER THIS SOAP OPERA?
UPDATE – TMZ is now reportingTareq Salahi has officially filed for divorce citing adultery and abandonment. In the divorce docs, Tareq claims Neal sent him a picture of his penis, perhaps to taunt him. The doc reads: “the paramour [Neal] sent to my email account … a email with an attachment of a penis” — presumably his.” Tareq reveals he has a prenup with Michaele and blames the band Journey, claiming they have been paying for Michaele’s travel accommodations and other expenses.
Many doubted the latest publicity stunt drama from the former Real Housewives of DC stars for good reason. Hours after Tareq contacted TMZ to give them the exclusive, cops revealed Michaele had NOT been kidnapped and a rep for the band Journey confirmed Michaele had indeed run off with the guitarist Neal Schon.
Tareq Sources now tell TMZ he is completely “devastated” over losing his wife to Neal, whom he apparently considered a trusted friend. “Sources” reveal Tareq considered Neal and his band members “best friends.” In fact, the band reportedly came to his winery recently in Virginia and played for free while even staying with Tareq and Michaele.
It gets even better as just two weeks ago, Tareq and Michaele went to a Journey concert in Virginia and hung out backstage with Neal and a woman named Ava, whom Tareq believes is Neal’s wife. Yikes.
TMZ adds that Tareq has been crying hysterically, saying his life is over because Michaele is all he lived for.
And just moments ago TMZ broke the news that Michaele’s affair with Neal has been going on for over 2 years with a source stating she was bragging about the “wild sex” she had with the Journey rocker before she ran off with him.
Michaele Sources extremely close to Michaele reveal she and Neal first met in 1998 while she was engaged to Tareq. And despite the instant attraction the two felt, they managed to restrain themselves at first. However things came to a head in 2009 when the relationship turned sexual while Michaele was still married.
The two managed to keep the 2-year affair a secret until Michaele decided it was time to officially ditch Tareq. Michaele has reportedly described her relationship with Neal as an “intimate and passionate relationship.” In addition to crying hysterically, Tareq is also reportedly feeling “betrayed.”
So to sum this up for ya, while Tareq went to the media crying yesterday that Michaele had been kidnapped, she was busy hooking up with Neal in Tennessee, before bouncing to the next Journey concert in Memphis.
It’s hard to determine if this is a full on publicity stunt because, you know, it involves the Salahis. I am however inclined to believe Michaele did in fact run off with Neal as I doubt Neal would be in on these types of shenanigans. Now did Tareq truly believe his wife was kidnapped? That I highly doubt!
More older pictures of Michaele and Neal below! And the ultimate question is –
Above photo credit: INFphoto.com
TELL US – DO YOU THINK THIS WAS ONE GIANT PUBLICITY STUNT? IF SO, WAS IT THEIR WORST BEST ONE YET?