RICHMOND, Va. — Celebrity White House gate crasher and former Bravo reality star Tareq Salahi filed for divorce Friday, claiming his wife was flaunting her affair with the lead guitarist for the rock band Journey.
Tareq Salahi filed paperwork in Warren County, Va. — just hours after his lawyer said it was “premature” to say conclusively that Tareq would seek a divorce. The divorce papers say Salahi’s wife, Michaele Salahi — formerly seen with her husband on Bravo’s “Real Housewives of D.C.” — abandoned the marriage when she left their Virginia home Tuesday to be with the guitarist, Neal Schon, in Tennessee.
“Over the objections of me, she continually exposes our friends and acquaintances to her adulterous relationship and has flaunted the same throughout the community, the nation and indeed the world, and thus caused . . . me to suffer great harm, humiliation, and embarrassment,” Tareq said in the divorce petition.
Tareq reported his wife missing the day she reportedly ran off with Schon. He told police he feared she had been kidnapped, but authorities who talked to her said she told them she was “where she wanted to be.” The couple was married in November 2003.
“There is no hope or possibility of reconciliation,” Tareq Salahi said, adding that he “has been greatly hurt and disturbed” by Michaele Salahi’s actions.
The couple gained notoriety in 2009 when they crashed a White House state dinner. Michaele Salahi was a cast member of the reality show “Real Housewives of D.C.” last year, but the show was canceled after one season.
She was thrown off the reality show “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” when it became apparent she wasn’t addicted to anything.