Michaele Salahi And Neal Schon Talk About Their “Fairy Tale” Romance

“It’s like a fairy tale. It is, it really is. 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. … What happened was [backstage], she takes off her wedding ring, right in front of Tareq. And then she proceeds to come into my dressing room where I’m sitting down … 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!’”

—Neal Schon, the guitarist for Journey who managed to pull Michaele Salahi away from party-crashing husband Tareq, tells the Daily Beast all about their courtship. Apparently, in the ’90s, Michaele was dating both Neal and Tareq but ultimately chose Tareq. Still, Neal and Michaele kept in touch and, over Labor Day weekend, he sent Michaele and Tareq VIP tickets and backstage passes to a Journey show. He says Michaele pledged her love for him then, even though it took another week before she officially left Tareq, boarded a plane, and joined Neal on tour. The two were photographed for the first time together yesterday and it appears that they can’t take their hands off each other.

After the jump, Michaele’s take on the whole thing

“I chose Tareq over Neal because I thought life would be less stressful living on a vineyard in Virginia. Life on the road with a rock band … well, I thought I might not have been able to keep up … I didn’t want to hurt anyone, but I realized I was hurting myself. I was going crazy. Because when you want to be with someone that bad, you start to go crazy. He sent someone to come get me. I got on a plane by myself and I just went. I just walked away from everything.”

[The Daily Beast]

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