Tareq Salahi filed for divorce from Michaele after she ran off with a man she loved for many years

Michaele and Tareq Salahi gained notoriety as a couple when they gate crashed a White House party, but their later falling out and divorce garnered just as much attention. Divorce finalized in August 2012

In total they were together for 11 years. They met in 2001, married in 2003 in a ceremony so lavish that it left guests baffled, and divorced in 2012, leaving onlookers equally baffled. According to a sort of final statement on the topic of their marriage, Tareq reportedly said that they had 11 good years. He also said that he and Michaele were friends. But that hasn’t always been the case, if indeed it is now.


The couple infamously made headlines when they gate-crashed a White House party that they reportedly weren’t invited to. Later Michaele campaigned to get on The Real Housewives of D.C. and was successful. She was only part of the show for one season and since the show was later cancelled, it didn’t much matter anyway.

Eventually it became public knowledge that Michaele suffered from M.S. and had done so for a number of years. In order to help her cope with her illness and the resulting stress, she was cast on Celebrity Rehab, but later they dropped her, because she apparently didn’t fulfil the requirements to be on the show after all.

2011 was, no doubt, the most bizarre year in their relationship. It was ultimately their last. Michaele later said that Tareq’s increasingly controlling behavior had led her to leave him. At some point he even confiscated her wallet and car keys, so she couldn’t leave the house.


It’s not clear how much of this is actually true. Tareq called Michaele during their divorce drama a well known liar. But this sounds more than anything like a case of he-said/she-said. Neither of them ever really seems to have called upon witnesses to support their respective stories.

During the divorce proceedings, Michaele called Tareq abusive, perhaps alluding to his controlling behavior. Some may look at it as overly protective, given her M.S.

In any case, Michaele essentially ended up running off without letting Tareq know. It appears that Neal Schon, singer of Journey, helped her. The two had met as early as 1995 and Tareq claimed that Neal and Michaele had had an affair from 2009 onwards. He did cite ‘adultery and abandonment’ as the reasons when he filed for divorce, which is much more interesting that the usual ‘irreconcilable differences’.


However, there seems little to no evidence that the affair took indeed place. At the time Tareq and Michaele lived too public a life for something like that to have been missed. Tareq claimed that Michaele has been flaunting her relationship to everyone, resulting in his own humiliation.

We only know that Michaele and Neal knew each other and that they were friends, perhaps even close friends.

The divorce turned decidedly nasty when Tareq sued Neal and his estranged wife for US$50 Mio. in damages. The man had financial troubles at the time; perhaps he considered this a fix to his problems. But the suit was dismissed eventually.

As it was, Michaele and Tareq had a pre-nup and a post-nup and the divorce was finalized in August 2012. The details of it are not known and will remain unknown, likely because of a non-disclosure agreement.

Two months after her divorce, Neal Schon proposed to Michaele live on stage and they were married in December 2013. It would seem those two belong together.

Tareq on the other hand decided to go into politics. First he ran for governor in Virginia, though he failed, and then he decided to run for Congress. Perhaps he prefers to stay single whilst he is flirting with politics.

Sources: dailymail.co.uk   thedailybeast.com   tmz.com   uk.eonline.com   nydailynews.com   people.com   onpolitics.usatoday