It's been a busy week for the Housewives of Bravo getting engaged. Just earlier this week, news of Real Housewives of Orange County
star Tamra Barney and Eddie Judge's engagement surfaced
, and now it seems that former Real Housewives of Washington D.C.
Michaele Salahi and her Journey boyfriend Neal Schon are ready to tie the knot
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Although he is the lead guitarist for Journey, Neal Schon kept relatively quiet in the public eye until he became involved with Michaele. In an interview with the Huffington Post
, he says that he would have preferred to keep his private life to himself, but Michaele's ex-husband Tareq Salahi prevented that from happening.
Unfortunately, if what he wanted was privacy, Neal has probably picked the wrong woman. Michaele and her ex-husband Tareq gained notoriety in 2009 after crashing a White House state dinner. In late 2011, Tareq reported Michaele missing when she ran off to be with Neal.
Since then, Tareq has dropped a $50 million lawsuit
on the happy couple. In addition, he's spread rumors that Neal was unfeeling and cold toward him, claiming that Neal sent him pictures of his "package" on his phone and sending taunting messages about how he stole his wife. In the interview, Neal finally breaks his silence to deny these allegations.
"I never sent Tareq a picture of my [privates], and I didn't call him on the phone to tell him I was [having sex with] his wife either," Neal said. "I've always taken care of situations like this behind closed doors, and this is the first time in the last five months that I have been in the media... so it's hard. But Tareq chose to put it out there."
Neal also went on to explain that although he has had feelings for Michaele for as long as he's known her (for the past 15 years) he has never acted on them until she left her husband. Now the two are planning to wed.
"My band mates Ross and Jonathan met her 15 years ago, so they have known her," Neal said. "They love having her out there because she brings so much energy."
Happy news for one of the White House crashers, but in all likelihood, Tareq will react with another lawsuit. Gina PusateriContributing Writer(Image courtesy of WENN)