Neal Schon, Michaele Salahi: Our Romance Is a "Fairy Tale"

Celebrity News Sep. 20, 2011 AT 2:58PM
Neal Schon, Michaele Salahi: Our Romance Is a "Fairy Tale" Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images; Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Cinderella was never this desperate.

Michaele Salahi and Journey guitarist, Neal Schon, consider their very publicized extra-marital romance to be a modern day "fairytale."

"I'm very happy, very happy after waiting for her for 15 years," Schon, 57, told the Daily Beast in an interview published Monday. "Now I want to get beyond all this media hype that [Michaele's estranged husband] Tareq has put out there. It's really quite embarrassing."

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On Sept. 13, Tareq reported his wife as "missing" and believed she had been kidnapped. But on Wednesday, Tareq learned his 46-year-old wife was actually in Memphis, Tenn. with the Journey rocker. On Saturday, TMZ learned that Tareq had officially filed for divorce.

The former Real Housewife of DC told the Daily Beast that in the late '90s, she was dating both Tareq and Schon, but at a certain point, she had to choose between them. "I chose Tareq over Neal because I thought life would be less stressful living on a vineyard in Virginia," she said. "Life on the road with a rock band… well, I thought I might not have been able to keep up." 

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Michaele and her lost love, Schon, reunited at a concert in Virginia earlier this month, but both admitted they'd been communicating via text "for a while" without Tareq's knowledge.

When Schon and Michaele realized they couldn't keep their secret romance a secret forever, the duo took action. "I began to see [Neal] really loved me," Michaele told the Daily Beast. "I had to begin to feel it completely -- in my soul." 

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Finally, during a Labor Day weekend Journey concert, Michaele made her move on Neal, taking off her wedding ring. Schon told the Daily Beast: "She [looked] down on me... 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.'"

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