Salahi Has 'Passionate' Relationship With Rocker

They've known each other since at least 2009

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 15, 2011 9:46 AM CDT

(Newser) – As some of us suspected, Michaele Salahi wasn't kidnapped—she just ran off with a rock star. But mystery remains: How exactly does she know Journey guitarist Neal Schon? The Washington Post points to a 2009 story revealing that, prior to becoming famous for crashing a White House dinner, the Salahis filmed a video with Journey to promote their controversial polo tournament—a tournament Journey also performed at.

TMZ adds that Salahi has been dating Schon and also had a prior romantic relationship with him, which she's called an "intimate and passionate relationship." After her husband Tareq reported her missing yesterday, Mediabistro notes that a sheriff's deputy got Salahi on the phone, and she said she did not want to be home at the moment, she had left with a good friend, and she did not want her husband to know where she was. E! adds that Schon has been married since 2001 and has a 7-year-old daughter with his wife. Click for a video response from Tareq's lawyer.

Michaele and Tareq Salahi leave the Halcyon House in Georgetown on December 1, 2009 in Washington, DC.
Michaele and Tareq Salahi leave the Halcyon House in Georgetown on December 1, 2009 in Washington, DC.   (Getty Images)
Michaele and Tareq Salahi leave the Halcyon House in Georgetown on December 1, 2009 in Washington, DC.
Michaele and Tareq Salahi leave the Halcyon House in Georgetown on December 1, 2009 in Washington, DC.   (Getty Images)
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