On Wednesday, White House gatecrasher Tareq Salahi sent out a panicked press alert that his wife Michaele Salahi had been kidnapped. Kidnapping, of course, is no laughing matter -- except in this case, because it turns out that Real Housewives of D.C. star Michaele wasn't kidnapped at all. She just did what any dissatisfied housewife would do: ran off with the guitarist from Journey!
How in the world did Michaele's extramarital fling get turned into a full-fledged missing persons alert? Apparently she didn't feel the need to give her husband an explanation, or even a plausible alibi. Tareq, 43, told TMZ that Michaele, 45, had gone to get her hair done on Tuesday, but never came home (and never showed up at her appointment). Late Tuesday night, a panicked Tareq got a "cryptic" call from his wife from an unfamiliar Oregon cell phone number, telling him that she was going to her mother's house. He thought it was suspicious, so he called her mother, who hadn't seen her. That's when Tareq called the police.
Here's where the story gets even weirder. Michaele didn't bother to call her husband or mother, but she actually did call the police to tell them not to tell Tareq where she was.
"She seemed calm, was engaged in conversation, and assured the deputy that she had left the residence with a good friend and was where she wanted to be," the Warren County Sheriff's Department said in a press statement. "Mrs. Salahi advised that she did not want Mr. Salahi to know where she was."
We're not sure why the sheriff's department is relaying messages between Real Housewives cast members, but maybe it was a slow day at the station. Anyhow, the police assured Tareq that his wife was fine but refused to disclose her whereabouts. Tareq, who says that the Salahis had received kidnapping threats in the past, accused the police of not taking him seriously -- so he alerted the media.
By Wednesday afternoon, the truth came out: Michaele Salahi had not been kidnapped. TMZ reports that Salahi is in Memphis with Neal Schon, whose band Journey has been performing with Foreigner in Tennessee. A rep for Journey confirmed that they were together, and TMZ reports that Michaele and Neal had once enjoyed what Michaele called an "intimate and passionate relationship." Maybe Tareq didn't know about that, because Journey played a set at the Salahis' winery last year -- and a photo from last September shows both Salahis posing backstage with Neal and another band member.
Poor guy -- not only has he lost his wife, but he'll never be able to listen to "Don't Stop Believing" the same way again.